Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Reformed BTECs still produce higher grades than A-levels

    Pupils still get higher marks in reformed BTECs than in A-levels – but the gap has closed, new analysis shows. But research from FFT Education Datalab shows many schools and colleges are still delivering the old BTEC qualifications, even though they are no longer included in performance tables. The blogpost, published today, reveals that just

    12.45 Jan. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Academy CEO still ‘absent’ as whistleblower probe continues

    An academy boss who has been absent from his own trust since April after threatening to “deal with” a whistleblower received full pay last year as the trust’s investigation drags on. Schools Week revealed in April that Andrew Morrish, chief executive of the Victoria Academies Trust, had boasted of “flicking away” safeguarding concerns raised by

    5.00 Jan. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Financial warning for trust that 'cannot identify' its own trustees

    A struggling academy trust that cannot “accurately” identify its members and trustees has been told it must improve its finances or face its schools being moved to another sponsor. Learning Link Multi Academy Trust, which runs four primary schools in Dudley, has been issued with a financial notice to improve that warns the trust over

    16.04 Jan. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Pay freezes and cuts as academy executive pay comes under scrutiny

    Academy trust bosses have taken five-figure pay cuts, with others agreeing to a salary freeze, after government attempts to crack down on chief executive pay. The details are revealed in newly published accounts for 2018-19, with experts claiming that “attitudes in the sector [towards pay] have changed”. It follows hundreds of trusts being told by

    5.00 Jan. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Schools invited to bid to deliver third wave of T-levels

    Schools can now bid to deliver T-levels in the third year of their roll-out, the Department for Education has announced. Expressions of interest have been invited from “high performing” schools who want to deliver the new technical qualifications for 16 to 18-year-olds in 2022-23. Eight new T-levels, in sectors including legal, accounting and manufacturing, will

    14.00 Jan. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Harford on shortened key stage 3: 'It's not the years - it's the mileage'

    Ofsted’s national director for education has insisted the inspectorate has “no preferred length” of key stage three, claiming “it’s not the years … it’s the mileage” that inspectors will look at. However, reports published this week appear to show a negative view of the two-year KS3. In a blog published on the Ofsted website today,

    11.25 Jan. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Pay rise means Holland Park head gets £270k to run one school

    One of the best paid academy chiefs in the country has received yet another pay rise and is now paid at least £270,000 to run just one school. Holland Park School in Kensington, west London, has twice been asked to justify its high salaries by the government, which ruled earlier this year the single-academy trust

    14.53 Dec. 19th, 2019 | News

  • School slams 'unjust' Ofsted rating after criticism for 'gaming' and off-rolling

    A Merseyside school has hit back after it was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and criticised for past off-rolling and forcing pupils to study vocational courses at GCSE. Phil Abram, head of school at Haydock High School in St Helens, said the Ofsted report published yesterday is “unfair and unjust”, and accused the inspectorate of being

    17.25 Dec. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Perry Beeches broke funding rules in its final year as a school sponsor

    Trustees at the scandal-hit Perry Beeches Academy Trust continued to break academy funding rules in the chain’s final year as a school sponsor, delayed accounts show. Concerns highlighted in the latest accounts, including unauthorised credit card transactions, a lack of internal auditing and a failure to follow tendering procedures show that troubles continued to plague

    13.10 Dec. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Schools with deprived pupils 'still less likely to be judged good', admits Ofsted

    Schools with more pupils from deprived backgrounds are still less likely to be judged ‘good’ under the new inspection framework than those with more affluent pupils, Ofsted has admitted. The acknowledgement comes almost exactly a year after chief inspector Amanda Spielman insisted the new framework – which was introduced in September – would “reward schools

    11.58 Dec. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Steep rise in warning notices for private schools

    The number of warning notices issued to underperforming private schools has risen – with nearly 20 handed out on average each month. Schools Week analysis of the 158 private school warning notices issued since November 2018 also reveals that 40 per cent went to religious schools. Critics have said the findings show up the inadequate

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2019 | News