Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Ofsted: Inspectors without subject expertise make less reliable judgements

    Inspectors without subject expertise struggle to reliably assess the quality of lessons and pupils’ workbooks in secondary schools, according to a new analysis from Ofsted. Ahead of the launch of the inspectorate’s new education inspection framework in September, Ofsted has published research into the validity and reliability of its inspection methods. The first set of

    11.10 Jun. 26th, 2019 | News

  • Two more schools rapped by Ofsted for off-rolling

    Two more secondary schools have been accused of off-rolling by Ofsted, as the inspectorate insists it has the ability to root out the controversial practice. Falmouth School in Cornwall has been rated ‘inadequate’ after inspectors found it sometimes removed pupils against the advice of other agencies. The Sutton Academy, in Merseyside, was rated ‘requires improvement’

    17.08 Jun. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted alerts councils and academy trusts to potential off-rolling

    Ofsted is alerting local authorities and academy trusts to schools which could be off-rolling pupils, despite refusing to publicly release the information. The inspectorate told Schools Week it “cannot solve the problem of off-rolling on our own” and is working with councils and academy trusts to highlight schools with “unusually high” pupil movement. Ofsted’s annual

    15.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Free school in mobile classrooms for 5 years must join MAT before it gets new home

    A free school run from mobile classrooms on a rugby field for five years has been ordered to join a new academy trust just months before it is set to move into a permanent home. The Department for Education published a financial warning on Friday to the Paxton Academy in south London, dubbed “Portakabin Academy”

    5.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • New trust found for failing Steiner schools

    An academy trust that runs seven Hindu schools has been chosen to take over three of the country’s four Steiner state schools. The three Steiner academies in Bristol (pictured), Exeter and Frome will all join the Avanti Schools Trust after a turbulent year that has seen all three placed in special measures after damning reports

    13.30 Jun. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Deputy head suspended over Twitter posts after Tory leadership debate

    A deputy headteacher who questioned the Conservative leadership hopefuls during their television debate on the BBC last night has been suspended from his primary school after offensive social media posts came to light. Imam Abdullah Patel, who is deputy head at the independent Al-Ashraf Primary School in Gloucester, appeared during the leadership debate last night

    11.51 Jun. 19th, 2019 | News

  • EAL pupils outperform native speakers if they join schools early

    Pupils with English as an additional language outperform native speakers if they join English schools at a young age, according to government data. A new report, released today, shows that last year EAL pupils who joined an English school in reception were slightly more likely to reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths

    10.35 Jun. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Keep 'ethos' of UTCs you take on, DfE orders academy trusts

    The government has committed to ensuring academy trusts uphold the “ethos” of the university technical colleges they take on, including paying a licence fee for running them. In a memorandum of understanding with the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports UTCs, the Department for Education has formally agreed that it will expect academy trusts to

    5.00 Jun. 16th, 2019 | News

  • UTC support charity paid £7k for Lord Baker's personal secretary

    The Baker Dearing Educational Trust spent nearly £7,000 funding a personal secretary for UTC architect Lord Baker, while raising more than £270,000 in licence fees paid by the institutions. Accounts published last month, for the 2017-18 year, also show that Baker Dearing, which supports the UTC programme, relies heavily on donations from a range of

    5.00 Jun. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Former academies minister faces accusation of cronyism

    Former academies minister Lord Nash has been accused of “threatening to allow” an academy trust to “become financially unviable” unless it appointed his former business associate as chair. Steve Munby, former chief executive of CfBT Schools Trust, which sponsors CST Academy Trust, has revealed the tale in his new book, accusing Nash of “abusing his

    17.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Academy trust loses spending records after finance system switch

    An academy trust appears to have lost access to financial data from longer than two years ago after changing its management systems. A director at the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust told Schools Week the trust no longer has a license to access its previous financial system, and so could not fully respond to

    15.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News