Samantha Booth

  • Revealed: The details behind ex-superhead Sir Craig Tunstall's dismissal

    A superhead received “unauthorised” payments of nearly £300,000 that helped to plunge his former federation of schools into deficit, court documents have revealed. Sir Craig Tunstall is suing Lambeth Council in south London in the High Court for at least £200,000 over claims that an “excessive workload”, exacerbated by plans to open a free school,

    5.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • NFER finds Covid effect could eradicate most teacher shortfalls, but heads urge caution

    Teacher recruitment shortfalls in most subjects look set to be eradicated because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has predicted. But headteachers have warned that any boost to recruitment could be shortlived. Research by the National Foundation for Educational Research predicted that increased recruitment, coupled with higher retention rates, could close gaps in shortage

    0.01 Sep. 21st, 2020 | News

  • HSE spot check call handlers are not health and safety experts

    Spot checkers calling to review schools’ covid procedures are not health and safety experts. Schools Week understands this has heightened unions’ concerns that the calls are going to put additional strain on school staff during coronavirus. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks over the phone to review school’s measures taken

    18.06 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • What school leaders need to know about HSE spot checks

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published an Education eBulletin on 4 September announcing its intention that, alongside businesses, it will be carrying out spot checks on schools, writes Hayley Dunn. Spot checks will be in the form of a phone call to review measures taken for reopening to “minimise the spread of the virus

    17.41 Sep. 16th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Ofqual accused of 'scapegoating' heads' union over deflated grades fall-out

    Ofqual has been accused of trying to “scapegoat” a headteachers’ union amid the fall-out over deflated grades. The regulator has been facing challenges to offer an appeal route for schools that followed advice to mark down their own teacher grades in line with historical results. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and

    15.42 Sep. 15th, 2020 | News

  • It's official: DfE doesn't know how many schools have covid cases

    The Department for Education does not hold information on the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in schools, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The return to school has been disrupted with reports hundreds of schools have sent children home after suspected covid-19 cases, or a struggle to get those with symptoms tested. An

    10.36 Sep. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Academy trust co-founded by Tory donor has primary school terminated

    A academy trust co-founded by a multi-millionaire Conservative party donor and luxury hotel chain owner will be stripped of one of its schools after “failing to improve” standards. Landau Forte Academy Moorhead saw only 28 per cent of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in 2019, compared to a national average

    17.01 Sep. 14th, 2020 | News

  • 'Widespread frustration' among school governors over 'nonsensical' roepening rules

    Decisions over reopening schools “weighed heavily” on school governors who say a “lack of clarity” from authorities, “nonsensical” competing demands and pressure from unions caused “widespread frustrations”. The concerns are revealed in the ‘Governing in unprecedented times’ study published today by Ofsted and the National Governance Association. One of the main concerns from governors and

    12.12 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • TV star and celeb GP hired for 'back-to-school' promo

    Ministers have come under fire for paying a television presenter up to an estimated £15,000 for social media posts promoting the government’s back-to-school campaign. Kirsty Gallacher used her Twitter and Instagram accounts to “reassure parents on the changes and safety measures in place at schools”. There’s a point where you wonder whether the government is

    10.00 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Education unions call for 'urgent' inquiry into grades fiasco

    Unions representing hundreds of thousands of school staff have demanded an independent inquiry into the exam grades fiasco. Teaching unions the National Education Union and NASUWT, along with leadership unions NAHT and ASCL, have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling for an “urgent and independent” inquiry into the process of awarding A-levels, GCSEs and

    16.50 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News

  • Schools cry foul over missing BTEC results

    Schools and colleges across England are still awaiting the results of some vocational qualifications, despite a promise from government that all grades would be issued by today. Some pupils have been told they may have to wait until next week to receive grades for BTECs and other vocational qualifications. The Department for Education and Pearson,

    14.15 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News