Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Ofsted: Schools are 'responsible' for challenging health and care aspects of EHCPs

    School leaders have a responsibility to check on the quality of health and care services prescribed to their pupils outside school, but few do so, according to a senior Ofsted inspector. Jonathan Jones, a special educational needs adviser at Ofsted, said the watchdog expected schools to look beyond the “education” elements of education, health and

    7.00 Jul. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Is one exam board per T-level the 'testing ground' for A-levels?

    The new T-levels will be delivered by just one exam board to “protect the standard” of the qualification. But assessment experts believe the change could be a dry-run for reintroducing single exam boards for A-levels and GCSEs. Each of the 15 new Technical levels, intended as alternatives to A-levels, which will be taught in schools

    5.00 Jul. 15th, 2018 | News

  • 'Show more respect for religious schools', Jewish faith leaders tell Ofsted

    Jewish faith leaders have urged the schools inspectorate to show more “respect” for faith schools. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community raised concerns after inspectors placed a girls’ school that censored teaching materials into special measures. But chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman denied that Ofsted has a “secular agenda”. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School

    15.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Schools Company: Board minutes reveal extent of failure at doomed academy trust

    Financial incompetency, appalling school buildings and close relationships with government have been revealed in the minutes of trustee meetings from the failed Schools Company Trust. The trust ran three pupil referral units in Devon for vulnerable children who have been excluded or are otherwise unable to attend mainstream schools, as well as the Goodwin Academy

    7.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Schools Company: 'Huge concern' over pupil referral units run by failed trust

    Safeguarding breaches, unsafe premises and inadequate staff were among the failings identified at the three pupil referral units run by Schools Company Trust. Although the trust technically ran three academies – North Devon, Central Devon and South and West Devon academies – these were divided into approximately 20 sites across the county. The trust’s interim

    7.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Schools Company: DfE denies claims it had 'positive' relationship with troubled trust

    The Department for Education has flatly denied that it maintained a “positive” relationship with the imploding Schools Company Trust and encouraged them to grow further, despite suggestions to the contrary in the trust’s minutes. Minutes from board meetings of the Schools Company Trust suggests there was a positive relationship with the team of Rebecca Clark,

    7.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Schools Company: Doomed trust to end the year '£8 million in deficit'

    The Schools Company Trust is expected to finish this academic year with a deficit “in the region of £8 million”, according to minutes from trustee meetings seen exclusively by Schools Week. The figure was predicated on the prior expenditure of the trust continuing over the past academic year. The trust overspent by an extra £800,000

    7.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Bright Tribe abandons merger plans as founder Dwan walks away

    The under-fire Bright Tribe Trust has called off plans to merge with its sister organisation following a large-scale restructuring of its top team which saw founder Michael Dwan walk away from the trusts. Companies House records show that two charities associated with venture capitalist Dwan have given up control of both Bright Tribe and its

    17.42 Jul. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Don't let faith groups influence what schools teach, warns Ofsted chief

    Schools must uphold fundamental British values and not permit particular faith groups to influence what they do and do not teach, Amanda Spielman has said. In a defiant speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in London this evening, the chief inspector of schools spoke of the “increasing hostility” that Ofsted inspectors are facing from

    18.30 Jul. 9th, 2018 | News

  • David Ross Education Trust cleared of wrongdoing, but is 'vulnerable' financially, ESFA rules

    One of England’s largest academy trusts has been cleared of wrongdoing following complaints about its governance, but school funding bosses remain concerned about its finances. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has ruled that concerns over board appointments at the David Ross Education Trust last year were “unfounded”, but has urged the chain to improve

    16.31 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Teen claims victory in speaking contest by talking about life with a stammer

    A teenager who gave an emotional speech about living with a stammer has won what its organisers say is the world’s largest youth speaking competition. Fifteen-year-old Erin Stoner clinched the top prize at Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge for her passionate description of life with a speech impediment, winning £2,000 for herself and £3,000 for

    7.00 Jul. 7th, 2018 | Bulletin