Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Ofsted refuses to name 300 'off-rolling' schools

    Ofsted will not name the 300 schools that could be off-rolling pupils in case it alerts them to upcoming inspections. The inspectorate’s annual report in December said the schools were identified as having particularly high levels of pupil movement in years 10 and 11. However, Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education, told Schools Week

    7.00 Feb. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Kerching! The academy trusts raising millions through fundraising

    Academy trusts are raising millions of pounds through fundraising, with one trust posting “record” levels of parental donations. Sector leaders say the findings, based on annual accounts for some of the country’s biggest trusts, show there is a “deepening social divide” as government funding is squeezed. Ormiston Academies Trust has received £2.7 million since April

    5.00 Feb. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Academy trust criticised for taking on debt-ridden schools

    An academy trust urged to expand by its regional schools commissioner was later rapped by the government for taking on schools that were struggling with debt. Board minutes from September 2017 to September 2018 for the Nova Education Trust show that it was encouraged to expand by John Edwards, the RSC for East Midlands and

    7.00 Feb. 15th, 2019 | News

  • DfE shells out £27m to prop up struggling academies

    The government handed out nearly £4.5 million to prop up cash-strapped academies run by the failed Schools Company Trust during the year it announced closure. A Schools Week investigation has also uncovered that the new trusts brought in to take over the Schools Company academies will now be saddled with repaying most of the debt.

    5.00 Feb. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Nearly a third of academy transfers down to government intervention over failures

    Almost a third of all academies that were transferred to new trusts last year were moved because of direct government intervention following failures. Data released for the first time today reveals that the Department for Education stepped in 80 times in 2017-18 to directly enforce re-brokerage, either through transferring schools or closing sponsors. This is

    11.26 Feb. 12th, 2019 | News

  • New free school applications process reveals workload push

    The government has been accused of “unsubtly crow-barring” its need to reduce teacher workload into the new wave of free school applications. In their initial bid applicants must now demonstrate “clear and specific plans” for managing workload, an extra requirement on top of proving the area has low educational standards and needs more school places,

    7.00 Feb. 9th, 2019 | News

  • DfE took no action against schools that ignored new careers duty

    The Baker clause has been labelled a “law without teeth” after it emerged the government did not take any action against schools for non-compliance in the first year of its existence. The Department for Education also admitted it only wrote to half of the trusts it originally claimed to have contacted in relation to non-compliance.

    5.00 Feb. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Academy rapped over consultancy payments to chair of trustees

    A special school that paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to consultants, including one who served as its chair of trustees and chief finance officer, has been criticised by education funding chiefs. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published a report on its financial management and governance review of Woodfield School, a special school in

    16.23 Feb. 1st, 2019 | News

  • New qualifications ‘will keep teachers in schools’

    Five new specialist qualifications aimed at opening up career opportunities outside the traditional school leadership route will keep experienced teachers in the classroom, say leading commentators. One of the main criticisms of the government’s new recruitment and retention strategy, unveiled on Monday, is that it focuses on new teachers – with nothing to solve mid-career

    5.00 Feb. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Ministers look to heads to 'transform' flexible working opportunities

    The government wants headteachers to “transform” their approaches to flexible working, prompting concerns that thousands of extra teachers could be needed. The Department for Education’s recruitment and retention strategy states it is “more important than ever that teaching is compatible with having children and a family life”. Twenty-eight per cent of women teachers work part-time

    7.00 Feb. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Could new retention plan tackle 'bursary tourism'?

    The government plans to stagger trainee teacher bursary payments in a bid to keep staff in the classroom. Those working in disadvantaged schools will also get more. It is hoped the shake-up will end “bursary tourism”. Schools Week revealed last year at least £14 million had been spent on bursaries for graduates in shortage subjects

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2019 | News