Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Ofsted says schools can't fix childhood obesity, but advisory panel members disagree

    Schools cannot solve the childhood obesity epidemic and should focus on education instead, according to a new report from Ofsted. Last year the inspectorate carried out research in 60 primary schools across England to ascertain whether schools are having a demonstrable impact on levels of childhood obesity. Although it found that many schools had a

    0.01 Jul. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Charity watchdog to investigate independent Darul Uloom London school after firearms incident

    The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a leading Islamic school after police arrested two members of staff and seized weapons on the school site. The watchdog received a serious incident report following a raid by armed police at the independent Darul Uloom London school in Bromley in May. The Metropolitan Police were called to

    11.49 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Embattled Bright Tribe academy trust to close

    Bright Tribe, the academy chain at the centre of a row over the running of schools in the north of England, is to close, Schools Week understands. The under-fire trust, which had already announced plans to walk away from four of its northern schools following a row over performance, will now give up all ten

    17.39 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Former Montessori charity boss jailed for stealing £180,000

    The former head of the UK’s largest Montessori network defrauded the charity of more than £180,000 over the course of seven years. Philip Bujak, the former CEO of the Montessori St Nicholas charity, was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for misusing a company credit card, filing false invoices and secretly taking a cut

    17.30 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Careers charity Future First wins almost £120,000 to create ex-pupil network

    Nineteen secondary schools will get support to bring in ex-pupils to offer careers advice after a charity won almost £120,000 in funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company. Future First has been given £119,940 to deliver its services in half of the areas identified by the government as social mobility “cold spots”. The charity will

    7.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Bulletin

  • 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