Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • 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

  • 9 things we learned from ESFA's first annual report and accounts

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published its first annual report and accounts, revealing millions given away in free school sites, investigations into academy trusts and complaints against the agency itself. The agency was formed out of a merger of the Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency in April last year. Here

    19.06 Jul. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Big rise in transfers of academies to new sponsors

    The number of academies moving to a different trust has increased by almost a third in one year to reach a record high. According to official statistics released by the Department for Education today, 255 academies moved to another trust in the financial year 2017-18, an increase of 30 per cent from 196 the year

    10.20 Jul. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted says schools can't fix childhood obesity, but advisory panel members disagree

    Schools cannot solve the childhood obesity epidemic and should focus on education instead, according to a new report from Ofsted. Last year the inspectorate carried out research in 60 primary schools across England to ascertain whether schools are having a demonstrable impact on levels of childhood obesity. Although it found that many schools had a

    0.01 Jul. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Pupil data corrupted after bug hits Capita SIMS

    A bug affecting school information management systems may have corrupted pupil data at thousands of schools around the country. The error has hit Capita’s Schools Information Management System (SIMS), which supplies information management to 23,000 schools. An email from Hampshire council’s children’s services department, seen by Schools Week, was sent to every headteacher in the

    17.42 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Charity watchdog to investigate independent Darul Uloom London school after firearms incident

    The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a leading Islamic school after police arrested two members of staff and seized weapons on the school site. The watchdog received a serious incident report following a raid by armed police at the independent Darul Uloom London school in Bromley in May. The Metropolitan Police were called to

    11.49 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Embattled Bright Tribe academy trust to close

    Bright Tribe, the academy chain at the centre of a row over the running of schools in the north of England, is to close, Schools Week understands. The under-fire trust, which had already announced plans to walk away from four of its northern schools following a row over performance, will now give up all ten

    17.39 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Former Montessori charity boss jailed for stealing £180,000

    The former head of the UK’s largest Montessori network defrauded the charity of more than £180,000 over the course of seven years. Philip Bujak, the former CEO of the Montessori St Nicholas charity, was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for misusing a company credit card, filing false invoices and secretly taking a cut

    17.30 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Careers charity Future First wins almost £120,000 to create ex-pupil network

    Nineteen secondary schools will get support to bring in ex-pupils to offer careers advice after a charity won almost £120,000 in funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company. Future First has been given £119,940 to deliver its services in half of the areas identified by the government as social mobility “cold spots”. The charity will

    7.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Bulletin