Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Bright Tribe chief Mary McKeeman resigns

    The leader of an academy trust heavily criticised for the way it has run certain schools in the north of England has resigned. Mary McKeeman, the chief operating officer at the Bright Tribe Trust has stepped down and been replaced by the director of primary education, Heidi Hoskin. The news was revealed by the Education Uncovered blog

    11.12 Nov. 29th, 2017 | News

  • Teachers at crisis-hit Whitehaven Academy want Bright Tribe removed

    Staff at a failing school in Cumbria have signed an open letter demanding that the school be removed from its sponsor, as local campaigners prepare for a crunch meeting later this week. Teachers at Whitehaven Academy have been left “broken” by the way the Bright Tribe academy trust has run the school, and want action

    15.06 Nov. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Ofqual considers changes to computer science GCSE after 'widespread' rule breaches

    The exams regulator Ofqual is proposing that a 20-hour non-examined assessment in computer science should no longer count towards pupils’ overall GCSE grades, after “widespread rule breaches” in which tasks from the test were posted online. The watchdog is consulting on changes to the assessment, currently worth 20 per cent of pupils’ overall grades, after it

    16.32 Nov. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Teaching misconduct: Sexual impropriety dominates lifetime bans

    Three quarters of teachers banned from the profession for life last year were excluded for sexual misconduct – with the remainder committing fraud and exam malpractice, or intentionally misleading job applications. Schools Week analysis of the 135 hearings carried out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) between September 1, 2016 and August

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Bright Tribe Trust abandons failing school with 'increasing financial deficit'

    Bright Tribe Trust has backed out of a failing school in Northumberland that it was supposed to convert into an academy over a year ago. It continues the trust’s record of struggling to take over new schools despite receiving almost £1 million of government funding to aid them. Bright Tribe has recently had success in converting

    17.46 Nov. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Church schools accused of 'discriminatory' admissions

    Church of England schools have failed to stamp out “inappropriate” and “damaging” discriminatory admissions policies, according to a new report. The report, published by the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education on behalf of the Fair Admissions Campaign, accuses the Church of “misselling its schools to the public” by presenting them as schools for the community

    12.29 Nov. 21st, 2017 | News

  • Cyberbullying cases double over five years

    The NSPCC wants the government to act on cyberbullying after the number of children seeking counselling for online abuse doubled over the last five years. Its Childline service delivered 5,103 counselling sessions to children suffering from online abuse in 2016/17, up from 2,410 in 2011/12 and 12 per cent more than the 4,541 delivered in

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Freedom of speech or damaging reputations? What schools should do about students on social media

    At the start of November, a certain corner of Twitter was flooded by posts from outraged teenage girls at Brentwood County High School in Essex, complaining they had been sent home for violating the school’s uniform policy without good cause. The teenagers posted photos showing the lengths of their skirts, which were seized upon by

    5.00 Nov. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Dr Becky Allen to lead new Centre for Education Improvement Science

    The UCL Institute of Education (IoE) has appointed Dr Becky Allen, the current head of Education Datalab, as the director of its new Centre for Education Improvement Science. Allen, a former reader in economics of education at the IoE, will return after a three-year break, to help develop a “scientific understanding” of education using methods such as

    14.33 Nov. 13th, 2017 | News

  • The pushy parents and unmanageable workloads at private schools

    Private school teachers have spoken of their “unmanageable workloads” and “exhausted” colleagues, with a third reporting that they are expected to respond immediately to parents who contact them at home. A survey conducted by the National Education Union also found that a fifth of staff are spending the equivalent of four extra working days a week

    11.42 Nov. 13th, 2017 | News

  • 'Confusion' over grammar school expansion plans

    A London MP is “confused” after a grammar school denied multiple reports in the press that it had plans to expand into his constituency. Despite large-scale media coverage to the contrary last year, the head of the trust behind Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) has now insisted that expansion was “never on the table” and

    5.00 Nov. 12th, 2017 | News