Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • SATs results annulled at 'outstanding' London primary school

    Pupils at a top primary school in west London have had their SATs maths exams annulled after an investigation by the Standards and Testing Agency. The agency investigated in response to allegations of “maladministration” of the tests at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Hillingdon, which was rated ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted

    12.20 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • DfE loses landmark legal challenge on exclusions of pupils with autism

    Schools must prove it was “proportionate” to exclude an autistic pupil on the grounds of challenging behaviour, after the Department for Education lost a landmark legal challenge. The upper tribunal, the court that deals with appeals against school exclusions, has ruled the government’s equality laws are unlawful and discriminate against pupils with autism and similar

    10.27 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Abuse inquiry: Catholic schools prioritised 'reputation' over child protection

    Two leading independent Catholic schools have been heavily criticised for failing to prevent pupils from being subjected to “appalling” sexual abuse and caring more about protecting the reputation of staff than the welfare of pupils. A 200-page report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has said the “blatant openness” of the sexual abuse at

    14.46 Aug. 9th, 2018 | News

  • DfE will 'consider' introducing British sign language GCSE during this parliament

    Campaigners are celebrating a government U-turn after the Department for Education said it will “consider” introducing a British sign language GCSE before 2022. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has announced that the government could make “an exception” to its rule preventing the creation of any new GCSEs before the next election, providing the new course

    8.37 Aug. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Fire brigade renews calls for mandatory sprinklers as London school fires increase by a third

    The number of fires in London schools has increased by a third in just one year, the London Fire Brigade has revealed, as it renewed calls for mandatory sprinkler systems in all new-build schools. According to figures from the LFB, there were 90 fires in the capital’s preschools, nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools in

    11.19 Aug. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Heads complain after 'good' academy forced into new trust against its will

    The government is under pressure to give high-performing schools a greater say over their future when their sponsors fail, following a row over the closure of the Education Fellowship Trust. A group of headteachers is demanding a rethink of the process by which some schools are moved to new trusts, after it emerged that a

    12.17 Jul. 31st, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The areas with the biggest disadvantage gap

    Poorer pupils on the Isle of Wight are 27.2 months behind their better-off peers by the end of key stage four, according to a damning new report which lays bare the state of the disadvantage gap in some parts of England. According to the Education Policy Institute’s annual report, the Isle of Wight is at

    0.01 Jul. 25th, 2018 | News

  • EPI: Disadvantage gap will take over 100 years to close

    Progress in closing the disadvantage gap is “stalling”, and it will take over a century for poorer pupils to catch up with their peers at its current rate, the Education Policy Institute has warned. In its annual report, published today, the leading think tank said the most persistently disadvantaged key stage four pupils have failed

    0.01 Jul. 25th, 2018 | News

  • EEF: Use chalk slates or miniboards to gain two months' progress

    Simple ways of checking that pupils understand a topic during a lesson, such as showing their answers on chalk slates, can boost their progress by two months, a study has found. Year 11 pupils who demonstrated their answers in “real-time” in classrooms, during a trial by the Education Endowment Foundation, pulled ahead in their learning.

    7.00 Jul. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted: Schools must inform governors about inspections

    Some schools are failing to inform all governors or trustees about an imminent Ofsted inspection, the inspectorate has warned, meaning inspectors could be left with an incomplete picture. Sean Harford, national director of education at Ofsted, has told inspectors in his monthly update that they must tell headteachers that they expect all governors and trustees

    5.00 Jul. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Four 'inadequate' schools warned they face closure

    Closure warning notices for four ‘inadequate’ schools have been published, with ineffective safeguarding, “dysfunctional” leadership and poor teaching among the concerns for officials. Beechen Cliff School in Bath received a termination warning notice after being rated ‘inadequate’ in an inspection by Ofsted last month. Inspectors raised fears about safeguarding, the achievement of pupils in alternative

    17.09 Jul. 20th, 2018 | News