Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Exam malpractice: Drop in penalties for staff as mobile phone breaches soar

    The number of teachers facing penalties for exam malpractice fell this year, but the number of pupils rapped for bringing banned items like mobile phones into exams rose by more than a fifth. Figures from Ofqual show the number of penalties issued to staff for helping pupils cheat or for maladministration of exams has fallen by

    10.45 Dec. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Inspectors will spend more time in schools during short inspections, Spielman tells MPs

    The head of Ofsted has sought to reassure MPs that inspectors will soon spend more time on site during short inspections of schools. In September, the powerful parliamentary public accounts committee warned that short, one-day inspections of ‘good’-rated schools do not allow enough time to make a “meaningful assessment of a school’s performance on to help

    16.11 Dec. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Domed: The free school facing funding axe

    A free school stuck in temporary accommodation – including running its canteen from an inflatable dome – for the past three years could have its funding terminated after Ofsted placed it in special measures. King Solomon International Business School, an all-through Christian ethos school set up by a community group in Birmingham, moved into its

    7.00 Dec. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Top-rated schools and grammars pocket the most in parental donations

    ‘Outstanding’-rated schools raise almost twice as much money through parental donations as those rated ‘inadequate’, while grammar schools pick up five times more than their non-selective neighbours, it has been revealed. New figures lay bare the stark discrepancies between how much state schools can raise from parent donations to pay for essentials, including new equipment

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Number of year 13s re-taking English and maths GCSEs in November doubles

    Tens of thousands of sixth form pupils were forced to wait an extra year before resitting their English and maths GCSEs because of reforms to the qualifications, it has been revealed. Data published this week shows 47,010 pupils in year 13 or above sat a GCSE maths or English exam in November this year, up

    11.41 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Coursework reforms prevent pupils from getting exams 'special consideration'

    Reforms to GCSEs and A-levels could be preventing pupils from being eligible to receive special consideration when they miss exams, according to a new report from Ofqual. Data released today shows that the number of approved qualification award requests – for pupils who were absent from exams for good reason – dropped by a third,

    11.07 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Government must do more for 'left behind' children, says Ofsted chief

    The head of Ofsted has warned that more needs to be done to support children who are “being left behind”, as she criticised poor social mobility at the launch of her second annual report. Amanda Spielman used this year’s report to issue a call for action to the government “redouble their efforts to tackle these

    10.00 Dec. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Looked-after children to get mentors and cut-price fees from private schools

    The Department for Education is launching a new mentor scheme for ‘gifted’ children in care, as 65 boarding schools agree to give cut-price fees to looked-after children. The scheme will see ‘gifted’ looked-after children getting access to specialist schools or facilities by setting up a network of up to 10 regional hubs across the country

    0.01 Dec. 4th, 2018 | News

  • DfE wants Ofsted to inspect more outstanding schools - but won't drop exemption

    The Department for Education has told Ofsted to reinspect more ‘outstanding’ schools, but stopped short of dropping the controversial exemption. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has asked the watchdog to review its risk assessment arrangements and ensure it inspects 10 per cent of ‘outstanding’ schools and colleges over the coming year. However, he said the exemption

    17.16 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Single-academy trust rapped over £60k undeclared pay-offs

    A single-academy trust has been warned to overhaul its financial and governance set-up after a government review found £60,000 of undeclared severance payments made in one year. The government has also had to provide Stratton Education Trust with financial notice to improve after handing out a £120,000 bailout to cover the trust’s budget deficit. The

    16.54 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • It's a Dwan deal: Trust founder's brother gets rent-free premises for nursery

    A failed academy trust gave the brother of its founder rent-free premises for ten years to run a private nursery on the site of one its schools. The Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT), the sister-trust of the crisis-hit Bright Tribe Trust, signed a deal to let a nursery company owned by Andrew Dwan, brother of

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News