Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • DfE plans new funding 'centre of excellence' team

    The government is preparing to launch a funding “centre of excellence” that will be led by its first overall director of funding. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is expected to announce who has been given the coveted position soon. The successful candidate will be responsible for the “development, implementation and maintenance of a

    5.00 Jan. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Ministers turn to musicians to design new 'model curriculum'

    A new model music curriculum for schools will be drawn up by an independent panel of experts, the government has announced. A group of teachers, education leaders and musicians, including renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, a recent critic of the government, will develop a curriculum for key stages one, two and three, which is due

    9.43 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Tory peer’s academy trust seeks unpaid workers

    An academy trust founded by a Conservative peer is advertising for unpaid volunteers to fill key roles, as plans for another free school bite the dust. Newly published accounts for the Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded in 2014 by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, a former aide to David Cameron, show “very low pupil numbers” forced it

    7.00 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Two thirds of schools still flouting Baker clause rules, study finds

    Two-thirds of secondary schools are still flouting the controversial Baker clause a year after it was introduced – leading calls for Ofsted to police whether schools are compliant. A report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has warned the Baker clause has “failed to achieve its aims”. The think tank found

    0.01 Jan. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Study suggests iGCSEs are 'easier' than reformed GCSEs

    Controversial international GCSEs used disproportionately by private schools are “easier” than new reformed GCSEs, a new study suggests. Research published by Education DataLab, based on information from the National Pupil Database, shows that iGCSEs are “not graded quite as severely” as reformed GCSEs, making it easier for pupils to reach top grades. It follows a

    13.10 Jan. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted's gender pay gap grows while the DfE's narrows

    The gender pay gap at Ofsted has increased since last year, despite pressure on organisations to narrow the disparity between men and women’s pay. Figures released by the inspectorate today show that the median gender pay gap is now 19.8 per cent in favour of men, compared with 2.3 per cent in 2017. The mean

    16.06 Dec. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Post-Brexit immigration policy could hit teacher recruitment, government admits

    The government has warned that schools could be negatively affected by new rules restricting the rights of EU citizens to work in the UK after Brexit. However, the scale of the impact will depend on whether teachers are exempt from a proposed £30,000 earnings threshold for workers wanting to travel to the UK. The government’s new white

    13.57 Dec. 19th, 2018 | News

  • School leaders join forces to launch staff absence insurance

    A group of school leaders has joined forces to offer an alternative staff absence insurance, with talks ongoing to roll the scheme out even further. Education Mutual, a group of 20 school leaders based largely in the north east of England, wants to find a collaborative way for schools to pay lower insurance fees and

    5.00 Dec. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Salford Academy Trust minutes reveal boardroom rift

    Board minutes from a doomed academy trust reveal a boardroom rift between trustees who accused one of their sponsors of not “believing” in them, with another partner not “visible”. Salford Academy Trust (SAT) was founded by the Salford Trust – a partnership between Salford City College, Salford City Council and the University of Salford –

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2018 | News

  • 'Focus on sharing resources', academy trusts told

    Multi-academy trusts should be entrepreneurial and willing to take calculated risks to remain sustainable “in an age of austerity”, according to a new report. Forum Strategy, which represents a group of 80 MATs across the country, has said trusts should place a greater importance on chief operating officers, rather than finance offers, so they could

    9.42 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • National Reference Test results: Maths scores rise but no change for English language

    The second annual National Reference Test has shown improvement in maths scores, but no real change for English language. Ofqual introduced the National Reference Test last year to provide more information about the awarding of GCSEs. According to Ofqual, the results –which are reported at grade 7, grade 5 and grade 4 – suggest teachers have become

    10.49 Dec. 13th, 2018 | News