Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Harris Federation schools to ditch three-year GCSEs

    One of the country’s largest academy trusts has told its schools to ditch three-year GCSEs by next September, despite warning the change will have “budgetary implications for any school”. Harris Federation has instructed its 27 secondary and all-through schools to make the change amid growing concerns that Ofsted will mark down schools that have an

    17.24 Dec. 11th, 2019 | News

  • 'Confidential' Ofsted guidance for curriculum ‘deep dives’ leaked

    Confidential documents used to train Ofsted inspectors for curriculum “deep-dives” have been leaked to at least one school, prompting fears of unfair advantages under the new framework. The inspectorate insists the documents are still in development and will not give any school an undue benefit over others, but confirms inspectors have been instructed not to

    22.08 Dec. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Three-year GCSEs? No 'outstanding' for you

    Inspectors allegedly told school leaders that awarding an ‘outstanding’ rating was out of the question because they ran three-year GCSEs. The findings question Ofsted’s insistence it has no “preferred curriculum” or stance on the length of a schools’ key stage 3 and 4. It is making judgments about things it really doesn’t need to More

    5.00 Dec. 6th, 2019 | News

  • Warnings over impact of Gove reforms and off-rolling on attainment gap

    The attainment gap between poor pupils and their peers widens when off-rolled youngsters are taken into account, a new study has found. Meanwhile separate research published today suggests Michael Gove’s reforms have also widened the attainment gap – leading to calls for more support for disadvantaged pupils.   ‘Off-rolling’ widens gap – but ‘reweighted’ league

    0.01 Dec. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Blacklisted academy bosses were a one-off, says DfE

    Academy bosses being secretly banned from running other schools has happened on just the one occasion, the government claims. Schools Week revealed last month the Education and Skills Funding Agency wrote to former leaders of two collapsed Manchester free school trusts “strongly discouraging” them from “further involvement in schools”. Lord Agnew, the academies minister, also

    15.54 Dec. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • School launches legal challenge saying 'inadequate' grade over gaming is 'nonsensical'

    A secondary school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted for entering all its year 11 pupils into a vocational PE qualification says it is fighting the “flawed” and “nonsensical” judgment. St Antony’s Catholic College, in Trafford, has denied it is “gaming” after the Ofsted verdict and launched a legal challenge against the report which its headteacher described

    13.38 Dec. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Anti-terror schools project to branch out to boys at risk of far-right extremism

    A project to deter vulnerable teenage girls from radicalisation may be extended to reach working-class boys at risk of far-right extremism. The Compass project, run by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, has supported more than 500 young women in the four years since its creation. Embedded in six secondary schools in east London

    5.00 Dec. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Gorse trust criticised by Ofsted after leaders fail to explain movements to AP

    An academy trust accused of planning to off-roll its underperforming pupils has been criticised over unexplained pupil moves and the over-use of isolation at one of its schools. The Farnley Academy, run by the Gorse Academies Trust, has dropped from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’ after inspectors raised concerns that it was not doing enough to keep

    14.07 Nov. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Questions over declaration of academy trust's £20k flat for CEO

    An academy trust spent almost £20,000 renting a two-bedroom flat for its chief executive – and won’t say whether it got government approval for the deal. Floreat Education Academies Trust spent £15,000 renting the flat, near to Floreat Montague Park primary school in Wokingham, for Janet Hilary. The rental, which incurred another £4,000 in utility,

    9.35 Nov. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Ormiston scraps plans to axe caretaking and maintenance jobs

    Ormiston Academies Trust has dropped plans to axe caretaking and maintenance jobs after a backlash from staff and unions. Last month Unison accused the trust, which runs 38 schools, of failing to give enough consideration to the health, safety and welfare impact of its restructuring plans. The union claimed more than 130 posts could be

    17.21 Nov. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: Councils paid £700k to 'unsafe' illegal school

    Local authorities have been urged to maintain a list of registered independent education providers after it emerged six councils spent more than £700,000 sending vulnerable youngsters to an “unsafe” illegal school. Last month three people were convicted of running the unregistered school at Freiston Hall in Lincolnshire (pictured). It charged £1,200 a week to educate

    7.00 Nov. 17th, 2019 | News