Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • ESFA suppressed investigation findings that cleared trust of wrongdoing

    Ministers refused to release the findings of an independent investigation that cleared a collapsed academy trust from allegations of wrongdoing – and revealed the government had been aware of its actions all along. Last August the St Neots Learning Partnership was issued with a financial notice to improve that highlighted “concerns” about ten-year “grant advances”

    17.00 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • DfE defends spending £500k first-class travel

    The Department for Education has defended spending more than £500,000 on train tickets that involved first-class travel, claiming it was at times required for staff to avoid unwarranted attention from journalists and the public. Information released in response to a freedom of information request shows the department spent almost £150,000 on first-class tickets in the

    15.00 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The expert panel members tasked with improving teacher wellbeing

    Union representatives, education experts and school leaders have been appointed to a 26-member expert panel tasked with improving the mental health and wellbeing of teachers. The group, led by Paul Farmer, the chief executive of mental health charity Mind, met for the first time this week to discuss how best to ease classroom pressures. Members

    10.26 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: How 'vital’ rural schools are fighting to survive

    Rural schools are fighting for their lives as new figures show they made up 40 per cent of school closures in the past decade, up from 20 per cent in the decade before. Since January 1 2000, 654 schools have closed without being replaced, 183 of them in rural areas, according to data from the

    5.00 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • 2 in 5 pupils don’t know where to get mental health support in schools

    Two in five pupils would not know how to access mental health support services in schools, and almost half of those who have accessed the support did not find it helpful. Surveys carried out by mental charity Mind also found that half of teachers did not feel they had enough information to support pupils with

    0.01 Jul. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • New Schools Network: Let parents take over 'untouchable' schools

    Parents and community groups should be allowed to take over failing schools, according to a new report from the New Schools Network that has heavily criticised the government’s approach to free schools. The NSN wants the government to introduce a new arm of the free schools process that would allow applicants – including parents and

    0.01 Jul. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Bright Tribe and ALAT could face £1.8m bill for 'improper use of historic grants'

    Two academy trusts founded by multi-millionaire businessman Michael Dwan may have to repay £1.8 million in government funding they received for building work that was allegedly not carried out. Newly-published accounts for Bright Tribe and its sister-trust Adventure Learning Academies Trust, seen by Schools Week and due to be published shortly on Companies House, reveal the government

    17.19 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • £12m tender launched to develop early career framework training

    The government is looking for five education providers to split £12 million to develop training and support packages for new teachers as part of the early career framework. Announced as part of the recruitment and retention strategy in January, the early career framework aims to improve the level of support giving to teachers as they

    14.34 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Analysis: The schools no longer 'outstanding'

    Dozens of Church of England primaries have fallen from ‘outstanding’ to the bottom two Ofsted grades, while 16 schools also downgraded had not been inspected for a decade or more. Schools rated outstanding are exempt from reinspection, but the government has faced growing pressure from Ofsted to allow more regular visits. Earlier this month, Ofsted

    5.00 Jun. 30th, 2019 | News

  • NHS property firm's losses 'warning sign' for LocateED

    A report savaging the state-owned company that runs NHS land is a “warning sign” for the Department for Education’s property company, says the chair of the public accounts committee (PAC). NHS Property Services, which runs thousands of properties for the NHS, such as doctors’ surgeries and clinics, has racked up £1 billion losses since it

    7.00 Jun. 29th, 2019 | News

  • 'Inadequate'? Don't worry - have the school down the road

    An academy rated inadequate twice in three years under a major trust is set to close this summer – with its pupils moving to a nearby school taken over by the same trust nine months ago. The decision to allow E-ACT to close Burnham Park Academy in Buckinghamshire and transfer its pupils and staff to

    12.00 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News