Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Private school caps value of Christmas gifts for teachers

    A prestigious private girls’ school has written to parents urging them to cap the value of Christmas gifts for teachers to avoid “awkward” situations. St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which charges £16,470 a year, has warned parents that its policy on giving and receiving gifts sets out a “number of restrictions”

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Schools told to consider lockdown protocols to counter terrorist attacks

    Schools are being advised to consider introducing emergency lockdown protocols in their classrooms to counter potential terrorist attacks under proposed new government guidance. The government has today launched a consultation on new school security guidance, which warns “no school can afford to ignore the potential threat and impact of security issues”. The proposed guidance, which

    13.16 Nov. 26th, 2018 | News

  • 'Children are not safe' - secret report reveals extent of failure at Schools Company Trust

    A school run by a failed alternative provision academy trust was deemed so unsafe it was told to remove its older pupils immediately, documents obtained by Schools Week reveal. Government advisers warned in November last year that “children are not safe” at the Central Devon Academy. They also raised serious concerns about young pupils locked

    5.00 Nov. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • 'Inadequate' primary academy threatened with closure

    An academy in the midlands rated ‘inadequate’ in its first inspection faces being rebrokered to a new sponsor. Officials say they are “minded to terminate” funding for Kingfisher Academy, in Staffordshire, which received the lowest possible Ofsted rating after an inspection in September 2017. Inspectors had warned of a “legacy of underachievement” and pupils lacking

    10.03 Nov. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Investigation: Are teacher misconduct panels really becoming more lenient?

    The proportion of teachers banned from the profession for life has increased, challenging concerns that misconduct panels are becoming more lenient. Earlier this month, a panel decided not to ban Stephen Ivey, who was found to have falsified pupils’ computer science controlled assessments, because he was working in a “shortage subject”. It led to comments

    22.27 Nov. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Access arrangements for SEND pupils fall for the first time in 5 years

    The number of pupils with disabilities, illnesses or special educational needs receiving help to sit exams has fallen for the first time in at least five years. Statistics published by Ofqual this morning show that the number of approved access arrangements fell from around 400,000 to 391,000 between 2016-17 and 2017-18, a drop of 0.5

    10.35 Nov. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • 7 things we learned from the PAC on academy accounts

    The public accounts committee has held its second session into academy finances, and grilled some of the highest ranking civil servants in the Department for Education. The DfE’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater was joined by the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s chief executive, Eileen Milner, and director of academies and maintained schools, Mike Pettifer, to

    18.09 Nov. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Doomed Schools Company Trust paid £4k for 'disturbing' workshop from Oscar Pistorius' aunt

    A failed multi-academy trust which ran three pupil referral units (PRUs) into the ground spent £4,000 to bring the psychologist aunt of Oscar Pistorius from South Africa for a staff training day. Former leaders at Schools Company Trust, due to close down with a deficit in the region of £8 million, paid a total of

    7.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Halt UTC expansion and recruit at 16, says think tank

    The government should halt its expansion of the controversial university technical colleges programme and review the model, a former schools minister has said, after damning new research faulted their academic progress and ability to recruit and retain learners. In a report that lays bare the major issues faced by the troubled 14 to 19 technical

    0.01 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: Uncovered emails discuss 'review' of studio schools programme, but DfE still denies it happened

    The Department for Education is still denying it conducted a formal review into the flagging studio schools programme – despite Schools Week discovering an attempt to cover-up internal emails which openly discussed the existence and timescale of the review. Schools Week revealed last year that the former academies minister Lord Nash had met with the

    7.00 Sep. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Schools failing to meet Lord Baker’s career guidance rules

    Schools are failing to comply with new careers guidance rules, a Schools Week investigation has found. None of the 10 biggest multi-academy trusts in England have conformed to a new requirement that all schools must publish detailed careers information online. And in a survey of FE providers commissioned by the Department for Education, only five

    10.00 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News