Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Report reveals regional variation in teacher quality

    Areas of England with the highest and lowest proportions of specialist teachers have been revealed in a new report by the Education Policy Institute. The report into the teacher labour market argued that a teacher having degree in their subject is a “good predictor” of quality, and has looked into variations in this measure across

    16.10 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Hand out bonuses 'further and faster' to get teachers into shortage subjects and deprived areas, says EPI

    The government should speed up and extend its roll out of bonuses for teachers who choose to teach shortage subjects or work in deprived areas, a think tank has said. The Education Policy Institute’s latest report found that a combination of rising pupil numbers and steady teacher numbers has led to a rise in the

    0.01 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • 7 things we learned from EPI's 'Teacher Labour Market in England' report

    A new report into tackling the issues faced by the teacher labour market in England has been released by the Education Policy Institute. The report, which focuses particularly on the lack of teachers with relevant degrees teaching “high priority” subjects such as maths and science, has recommended the government offers financial bonuses and incentives for

    0.01 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • DfE staffer Luke Thompson enters the Bake Off tent

    A Department for Education civil servant and part time techno DJ is one of the contestants on this year’s Great British Bake Off. The DfE’s Luke Thompson was one of 12 contestants to enter the famous baking tent during the first episode of the new series, which aired yesterday evening. The 30-year-old was introduced by

    11.10 Aug. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Financial warning for alternative provision provider TBAP trust

    A trust which runs 12 alternative provision academies has been warned to improve its finances by the government after failing to set a balanced budget for this year. TBAP multi-academy trust has received a financial notice to improve, which reveals the trust was first given a financial warning by the Education and Skills Funding Agency

    16.43 Aug. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Inquiry opened into trustee benefits at independent school charities

    An inquiry has been opened into two independent school charities after concerns were raised about conflicts of interest, protecting assets and “potential unauthorised trustee benefits”. The Charity Commission has begun a class statutory inquiry into The Martin Foundation and The Collegiate Charitable Foundation, which provide bursaries for pupils and advertising, facilities and equipment for schools.

    12.14 Aug. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Admissions appeals 2018: Secondary appeals rise but success rates drop

    Figures on the number of admissions appeals for the 2017-18 academic year reveal another increase in the number of secondary school appeals. The data, released by the Department for Education this morning, shows the overall proportion of appeals made and upheld has barely changed since last year, and reveals that half of all appeals are

    15.52 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE Results 2018: Pupils turn away from design and technology and religious studies

    The number of pupils taking design and technology and religious studies GCSEs in the UK has slumped this year, as geography and history experienced another rise. Data from the Joint Council of Qualifications shows that almost a quarter fewer pupils chose a GCSE in design and technology, falling 23.3 per cent from 165,815 in 2017

    11.46 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE results 2018: Grade 9 makes up over 4% of all results in England

    The highest possible GCSE result has made up just over four per cent of all grades given to 16-year-olds in England. The coveted grade 9, which is intended to be more difficult to achieve than an A*, made up 4.5 per cent of all grades given to 16-year-olds, meaning it was achieved approximately 187,000 times.

    9.46 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE results: AQA confirms question error and social media leak on science exams

    AQA has confirmed two science papers were hit by a question error and leak on social media in this summer’s GCSE exams. The exam board said pupils will receive full marks in the affected questions and no children will be advantaged or disadvantaged by the issues, which saw the wrong questions put into a physics paper

    6.00 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • How to apply for re-marks and appeal GCSE results 2018

    GCSE results day will – hopefully – be a day of celebration for many pupils and teachers around the country. But if something doesn’t seem quite right with a result, there are still some options available. This year the exam boards have renamed re-marks to ‘reviews of results’. Each board takes a slightly different approach

    17.18 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature