Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Return to Teaching pilot was a flop, new data reveals

    A government scheme to encourage former teachers to return to the classroom missed its targets and is “unlikely to represent good value for money” after large numbers of people without the right experience signed up. The Return to Teaching pilot programme, which ran from 2015, aimed to support 650 former teachers to teach EBacc subjects

    12.23 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Jewish school found redacting textbooks put into special measures

    A Jewish girls’ school which redacted textbooks showing men and women on the same page, paintings by Picasso and bare skin on ankles, wrists or necks has been placed in special measures. Ofsted has condemned the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School in north London, which teaches pupils exclusively from the Charedi community, as ‘inadequate’ and

    14.11 Jun. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual investigates 'allegations of malpractice' in Edexcel A-level maths paper

    Ofqual has acknowledged “allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing” in an A-level maths exam taken today. In a statement posted online, the exams regulator said it is working with Pearson to “establish the facts” about what happened with the Edexcel C4 maths paper and asked anyone with information to come forward. Commentators on social media alleged

    17.53 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • The government is 'minded to' terminate funding for troubled Gloucester Academy

    Trustees of an academy in Gloucestershire have been warned it could be rebrokered to a new sponsor if serious concerns raised by Ofsted are not addressed. The Gloucester Academy, run by The White Horse Federation, was rated ‘inadequate’ after inspectors visited in April, and urged to undertake an external review of pupil premium funding to assess

    17.46 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Opposition attempts to block Suffolk’s free school transport cuts

    A last-ditch attempt to prevent Suffolk county council from making drastic cuts to its free school transport provision has been made by opposition councillors. The drastic cuts, which are expected to have a “significant impact” on pupil numbers at some schools in the county, were unanimously approved at a meeting of Suffolk’s Conservative cabinet on

    17.43 Jun. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Spielman: Writing lines as punishment is 'entirely appropriate'

    Ofsted will focus more on pupil behaviour from next year, and headteachers who make badly behaved pupils write lines or do community service will be given its “full support”, the chief inspector of schools has said. In her keynote speech to the Festival of Education, Amanda Spielman explained how Ofsted’s new inspection framework, which comes

    0.01 Jun. 21st, 2018 | News

  • The more disadvantaged the pupil, the less experienced their maths teacher

    Pupils in disadvantaged areas are more likely to be taught by inexperienced maths teachers or someone without a maths degree, according to a report into the impact of teacher shortages. Key stage five maths pupils at the most disadvantaged schools are almost twice as likely to have an inexperienced teacher than those in the most

    0.01 Jun. 20th, 2018 | News

  • The government 'doesn't know' if PFI contracts offer value for money

    The Treasury does not know whether private finance initiative (PFI) contracts offer value for money and has no plans to find out, a powerful committee of MPs has warned. A report from the public accounts committee, released today, told the government to be “much clearer” about the use of PFI contracts and their benefits. PFI

    0.01 Jun. 20th, 2018 | News

  • EPI: 'Let councils take schools back from failing MATs'

    The best local authorities should be allowed to take schools back from underperforming multi-academy trusts, according to a leading think-tank. Academies do not perform better than maintained schools, and the government must find a better way to handle poor performance, the Education Policy Institute’s latest report has found. The EPI wants to give local authorities

    0.01 Jun. 19th, 2018 | News

  • EPI report: Best and worst-performing academy trusts and LAs revealed

    Academy trusts are “disproportionately represented” among the lowest-performing primary schools groups, according to new research by the Education Policy Institute. The EPI compared school performance and pupil improvement at every academy trust and local authority in England. The research, which looked at performance at key stages two and four, took into account characteristics such as the

    0.01 Jun. 19th, 2018 | News

  • EPI report: Academies are no better than LA schools, and 7 other important findings

    There is no difference in the performance of multi-academy trusts and groups of local authority schools, a new report from the Education Policy Institute has found. The report, which compared school performance and pupil improvement at every trust and local authority in England at both key stage two and four, makes a number of recommendations to

    0.01 Jun. 19th, 2018 | News