Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Don't let parents opt kids out of sex education, warns leading campaigner Peter Tatchell

    Parents who want their children to opt out from sex and relationships education (SRE) lessons should have to go into schools and “physically” remove their child from each lesson, according to leading human and LGBT+ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The activist told the Festival of Education that new compulsory sex and relationships education lessons, which

    11.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • The DfE is 'unrealistic' about school cuts and 6 other morsels from the PAC's annual report

    The chair of the powerful public accounts committee has published her annual report, including criticisms of the Department for Education’s approach to making savings and scrutinising the academies sector. Labour MP Meg Hillier has concerns about lack of funding, poor oversight at multi-academy trusts and the government’s struggle to get a grip on the teacher

    10.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Derby Manufacturing UTC placed in special measures

    Another university technical college has been rated ‘inadequate’, the eighth to receive Ofsted’s lowest grade. Derby Manufacturing UTC has been placed in special measures after getting a grade four across the board in a report which warned it was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”. Safeguarding at the UTC is “not

    18.07 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Troubled UCAT academy trust to close, shedding seven schools

    The University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) will close and give up all seven of its schools after leaders admitted it “cannot continue to operate financially”. After announcing plans to walk away from four of its schools last month, UCAT has confirmed this week that it will also give up the remaining three. Leaders say

    15.44 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • DfE reiterates that gender segregation is 'unlawful discrimination'

    The government has published new guidance to remind mixed schools that segregating pupils by gender is “unlawful discrimination”, following Ofsted’s battle with an Islamic school. Ofsted criticised Birmingham’s Al-Hijrah school for its policy of teaching boys and girls entirely separately, including making them “walk down separate corridors” and have separate lunchtimes. In October, the Court

    13.23 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • 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