Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Small academy trust must investigate money paid to private companies

    A small academy trust which is about to be wound up has been told to urgently investigate grant advances that were paid to two private companies. St Neot’s Learning Partnership (SNLP), which runs two secondary schools and a sixth form centre in Cambridgeshire, has been warned of the Department for Education’s “concerns regarding grant advances

    16.54 Aug. 17th, 2018 | News

  • A-level Results 2018: Chinese A-level overtakes German for first time

    More pupils studied Chinese A-level than German for the first time this year. According to a breakdown of entries for modern foreign languages released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), a total of 3,334 pupils in the UK opted to take an A-level in Chinese – an increase of 8.6 per cent from last

    13.24 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results: A* grades in England slump to lowest level since 2013

    The proportion of pupils getting an A* at A-level in England has declined to its lowest level since 2013. In England, eight per cent of pupils reached the very top grade, down from 8.3 per cent last year. However, an increase in pupils achieving an A grade in England means that the overall proportion of

    9.30 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results 2018: Business studies surges in popularity but geography declines

    Business studies has had a surge in popularity among this year’s A-level pupils as traditional favourites like geography begin to lose ground. A total of 32,867 pupils in the UK took business studies at A-level, an increase of 9.5 per cent on last year with more male and female students opting for the course. Provisional

    9.46 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • DfE loses landmark legal challenge on exclusions of pupils with autism

    Schools must prove it was “proportionate” to exclude an autistic pupil on the grounds of challenging behaviour, after the Department for Education lost a landmark legal challenge. The upper tribunal, the court that deals with appeals against school exclusions, has ruled the government’s equality laws are unlawful and discriminate against pupils with autism and similar

    10.27 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • SATs results annulled at 'outstanding' London primary school

    Pupils at a top primary school in west London have had their SATs maths exams annulled after an investigation by the Standards and Testing Agency. The agency investigated in response to allegations of “maladministration” of the tests at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Hillingdon, which was rated ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted

    12.20 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Abuse inquiry: Catholic schools prioritised 'reputation' over child protection

    Two leading independent Catholic schools have been heavily criticised for failing to prevent pupils from being subjected to “appalling” sexual abuse and caring more about protecting the reputation of staff than the welfare of pupils. A 200-page report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has said the “blatant openness” of the sexual abuse at

    14.46 Aug. 9th, 2018 | News

  • DfE will 'consider' introducing British sign language GCSE during this parliament

    Campaigners are celebrating a government U-turn after the Department for Education said it will “consider” introducing a British sign language GCSE before 2022. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has announced that the government could make “an exception” to its rule preventing the creation of any new GCSEs before the next election, providing the new course

    8.37 Aug. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Fire brigade renews calls for mandatory sprinklers as London school fires increase by a third

    The number of fires in London schools has increased by a third in just one year, the London Fire Brigade has revealed, as it renewed calls for mandatory sprinkler systems in all new-build schools. According to figures from the LFB, there were 90 fires in the capital’s preschools, nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools in

    11.19 Aug. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Heads complain after 'good' academy forced into new trust against its will

    The government is under pressure to give high-performing schools a greater say over their future when their sponsors fail, following a row over the closure of the Education Fellowship Trust. A group of headteachers is demanding a rethink of the process by which some schools are moved to new trusts, after it emerged that a

    12.17 Jul. 31st, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The areas with the biggest disadvantage gap

    Poorer pupils on the Isle of Wight are 27.2 months behind their better-off peers by the end of key stage four, according to a damning new report which lays bare the state of the disadvantage gap in some parts of England. According to the Education Policy Institute’s annual report, the Isle of Wight is at

    0.01 Jul. 25th, 2018 | News