Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Schools Company: Doomed trust to end the year '£8 million in deficit'

    The Schools Company Trust is expected to finish this academic year with a deficit “in the region of £8 million”, according to minutes from trustee meetings seen exclusively by Schools Week. The figure was predicated on the prior expenditure of the trust continuing over the past academic year. The trust overspent by an extra £800,000

    7.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Bright Tribe abandons merger plans as founder Dwan walks away

    The under-fire Bright Tribe Trust has called off plans to merge with its sister organisation following a large-scale restructuring of its top team which saw founder Michael Dwan walk away from the trusts. Companies House records show that two charities associated with venture capitalist Dwan have given up control of both Bright Tribe and its

    17.42 Jul. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Don't let faith groups influence what schools teach, warns Ofsted chief

    Schools must uphold fundamental British values and not permit particular faith groups to influence what they do and do not teach, Amanda Spielman has said. In a defiant speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in London this evening, the chief inspector of schools spoke of the “increasing hostility” that Ofsted inspectors are facing from

    18.30 Jul. 9th, 2018 | News

  • David Ross Education Trust cleared of wrongdoing, but is 'vulnerable' financially, ESFA rules

    One of England’s largest academy trusts has been cleared of wrongdoing following complaints about its governance, but school funding bosses remain concerned about its finances. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has ruled that concerns over board appointments at the David Ross Education Trust last year were “unfounded”, but has urged the chain to improve

    16.31 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Teen claims victory in speaking contest by talking about life with a stammer

    A teenager who gave an emotional speech about living with a stammer has won what its organisers say is the world’s largest youth speaking competition. Fifteen-year-old Erin Stoner clinched the top prize at Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge for her passionate description of life with a speech impediment, winning £2,000 for herself and £3,000 for

    7.00 Jul. 7th, 2018 | Bulletin

  • Sixth forms 'tighten entry criteria' for A-levels after reforms

    Schools are tightening the entry criteria for A-levels and discouraging some pupils from studying difficult subjects in response to reforms of the qualification, Ofqual has revealed. According to a report published today, some schools have begun encouraging “lower ability” pupils to study alternatives like BTECs because they are no longer able to “take a chance”

    17.08 Jul. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Directors of Children's Services demand LAs be allowed to take over failing academies

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has released a report asking the government to let local authorities take over failing academies. The group, who represent the local authority leaders responsible for schools in their areas, are concerned that lack of clarity about the council’s role in schools versus that of academy trusts means the

    14.16 Jul. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Doomed Schools Company Trust 'double-counted' GCSEs

    A failed multi-academy trust that runs schools for vulnerable excluded pupils reported inflated GCSE results after double-counting some qualifications, it has been revealed. Accounts of the Schools Company Trust, which will walk away from its three pupil referral units in Devon and mainstream secondary school in Kent this summer, reveal concerns over executive pay, fears for the

    13.47 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Legal challenge over exclusion of autistic pupil

    The right of schools to exclude autistic pupils who exhibit bad or aggressive behaviour faces a legal challenge this week, on the grounds that it is discriminatory. The upper tribunal, the court that deals with appeals against school exclusions, is expected to hear the case of a 13-year-old boy with special needs who was expelled from

    17.21 Jul. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted chief criticised over lack of visits to early-years settings

    The chief inspector of schools has not visited a sufficiently “diverse” range of nursery provision, according to critics, after official figures revealed five of the six early-years visits she made in one year were to schools. Amanda Spielman told the told the Pre School Learning Alliance annual conference on June 1 that she had “had the

    17.26 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • EPI: The DfE must ditch 'flawed' school performance statistic

    Ministers must “ditch their favourite line” that there are now 1.9 million more children in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools than there were in 2010, according to the EPI, which warns the figure is “flawed in several ways”. The EPI’s new report wants this often repeated statistic to “gracefully depart” as it does not take into account population

    10.56 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News