Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Small PRU trust Schools Company stripped of all four schools

    A multi-academy trust that presided over the deterioration of three pupil referral units and a secondary school has been stripped of all four. The Schools Company Trust (SCT) will no longer run any schools from September following a litany of disasters including inadequate safeguarding and poor financial management. The trust has sponsored three PRUs –

    7.00 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Bright Tribe shelves plan to merge with sister trust

    Plans for the beleaguered Bright Tribe Trust (BTT) to merge with its sister chain are now on hold – as the future of both trusts is under review. The 10-school BTT revealed plans to merge with Adventure Learning Academies Trust (ALAT) in May, in a move that would have seen the former chain “cease to

    14.50 Jun. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Schools are employing foreign teachers 'out of desperation'

    Schools are being forced to employ foreign teachers the face of a growing recruitment and retention crisis, but not for the benefits they bring to the classroom. Leaders are warning that the advantages of recruiting internationally, including greater diversity in the workforce and introducing pupils to different cultures, are “secondary” compared to the urgent need

    11.55 Jun. 7th, 2018 | News

  • £270k-a-year head quits academy trust role

    A headteacher in Warwickshire who has been criticised over her £270,000 salary has left her role “with immediate effect”. Lois Reed has quit as head of Ashlawn School in Rugby and as acting chief executive of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust, which also runs Ashlawn Teaching School and Henry Hinde Infant School. Details of her salary, and

    14.16 Jun. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Gibb ‘open to’ a British sign language GCSE

    The Department for Education is now “open to considering” a British sign language GCSE after previously warning that it would require a “huge number of steps”. The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has hailed a “fantastic step in the right direction” after schools minister Nick Gibb revealed the government will be considering the new qualification. In a written

    0.01 May. 31st, 2018 | News

  • Thousands of looked-after children moved 20 miles or more mid-year

    Thousands of looked-after children are being moved mid-year to schools more than 20 miles away from their previous school, with hundreds missing an entire term as a result. According to the Stability Index for 2016/17, 10 per cent (4,300) of school-age children in care moved schools during the year and 400 of those subsequently missed

    0.01 Jun. 1st, 2018 | News

  • LocatEd expands remit to include ‘site optimisation’

    A company set up by the government to find and buy sites for the free schools programme will now advise academies on how to “optimise” their sites. The government is “broadening the remit of LocatED to provide more advice to multi-academy trusts on how to optimise your sites”, according to Lord Agnew, the minister for

    5.00 May. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Make a wish: The schools forced to use Amazon to ask parents to buy pens

    Schools are asking for toys, books, and “scientific slime” via Amazon wishlists as unions warn budgets have reached a breaking point. Schools Week conducted a search of schools’ publicly-available wishlists across England and found hundreds have shopping lists using which parents and alumni can help stock libraries and provide stationery. Donors have paid for objects

    5.00 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • DfE releases 26 more private school warning notices

    The government has published 26 more warning notices identifying failings at private schools around the country. The notices, which cover December 2017 and this January, include special and religious schools, and warnings about poor safeguarding, teaching and facilities. The Department for Education also published 27 reports issued to private schools in November earlier this month. The existence

    16.04 May. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Free school transport cut for 20,000 rural pupils in three years

    More than 20,000 pupils in rural England have lost free school transport in the last three years as county councils struggle to meet the costs. Local authorities have warned that more cutbacks to home to school transport will emerge unless the government acknowledges the “rural premium”, where transport costs in remote areas can become up

    11.03 May. 24th, 2018 | News

  • 'Inadequate' Gloucestershire free school to close

    A free school in Gloucestershire awarded the worst inspection rating by Ofsted will close this summer. St Anthony’s School in the Forest of Dean has been in special measures since 2015, and was rated ‘inadequate’ again by Ofsted after an inspection just before Christmas. In February, the school was issued with a pre-termination warning notice

    16.19 May. 23rd, 2018 | News