Sophie Scott

  • New framework launched by the National Governors' Association

    The National Governors’ Association (NGA) today launches its Framework for Governance. The NGA announced plans for the guidance at its annual conference in November last year, and was reported by Schools Week at the time. The framework has been developed with the medical research charity, Wellcome Trust, and was piloted in 21 primary, secondary and

    7.44 Jan. 8th, 2015 | News

  • Two 'Trojan Horse' schools make "reasonable progress", Ofsted says

    Two of Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ schools have been told by Ofsted they are on their way to coming out of special measures. Monitoring visits were carried out at Saltley School & Specialist Science College and Nansen Primary School last month. Ofsted inspectors said in the reports, published today, that both are making “reasonable progress” towards

    10.26 Dec. 19th, 2014 | News

  • Four A-levels and a GCSE given the chop by Ofqual

    Four A Levels and one GCSE subject are to be axed by Ofqual from next September. The qualifications body announced today to withdraw AS and A Levels in applied art and design, applied business, human biology and economics and business and the GCSE in digital communication. The subjects were chosen because of their overlap with

    15.50 Dec. 2nd, 2014 | News

  • Trojan Horse school to join Ark academy chain

    One of Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ schools is set to join the Ark multi-academy trust next September. Trustees at Oldknow Academy, who took control of the school in August after the resignation of previous governors and trustees, have unanimously approved the junior school’s joining the academy chain Ark, which has more than 30 schools across the

    6.00 Dec. 2nd, 2014 | News

  • Maths AS and A Level reforms delayed for a year

    Changes to the AS and A levels in mathematics and further mathematics are to be put back for a year. In a letter to Ofqual’s chief regulator Glenys Stacey, school reform minister Nick Gibb has today confirmed the new specifications will be first taught in 2017, rather than 2016 as initially planned. Ofqual and the

    16.05 Dec. 1st, 2014 | News

  • Academy chain drops plan to outsource non-teaching staff

    The country’s largest academy chain has confirmed it will not continue with plans to outsource its non-teaching roles. Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) announced earlier this year it wanted to outsource non-teaching roles in a contract worth up to £400m, with PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) named as the preferred bidder. AET, a charitable trust operating 76 schools

    15.26 Nov. 20th, 2014 | News

  • Results show Knowsley is worst performing area for GCSEs

    One local authority has become the only area in England to see its schools’ GCSE results on average fall below the “floor” set by the Department for Education (DfE). Knowsley is the lowest performing area in the country for pupils achieving the benchmark of five A*-C grades, including English and maths, with just 34.4 per

    17.17 Oct. 23rd, 2014 | News

  • Pay top teachers more to work in challenging areas, report urges

    A cross-party report has suggested paying the country’s top teachers 25 per cent more to work in disadvantaged areas. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP) this morning published its second annual report – “The State of the Nation” – which says the government will fail to meet its targets to reduce child poverty.

    11.24 Oct. 20th, 2014 | News

  • Teaching unions join thousands in London pay protest marches

    Hundreds of teachers from across the country joined colleagues from the public sector today to protest for pay increases. Members of the NUT and NASUWT were among the huge march through the capital which urged the government to give workers a pay rise. Unions say staff have had a below-inflation one per cent pay offer

    15.38 Oct. 18th, 2014 | News