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Give schools more money for free meals, say caterers
The government is under pressure to increase the money it gives schools to pay for free meals for infant pupils. The Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA),...
The slow speed of emergency academisation
Not a single failing school became an academy less than nine months after an inspection in at least 26 local authorities over the past three years, Schools Week...
Teacher apprenticeship providers get fast-track treatment
Thirty-six teacher-training organisations have been approved to deliver apprenticeships after the Department for Education opened a secret application window just for them. Seventeen academy trusts, 11 schools, three...
Computer science GCSE will be exam-only until 2020
Computer science GCSEs will continue to be assessed purely on exams until 2020 after tasks from the test were leaked online, Ofqual has announced. Following its announcement in...
Charity Commission steps up safeguarding scrutiny at private schools
The Charity Commission has played down rumours it is taking a stronger stance on safeguarding at private and unregistered schools after opening more investigations in the past four...
GDPR: Is the DfE failing to prepare schools for the new data future?
The Department for Education has acknowledged that more needs to be done to help schools prepare for strict new data protection laws, with just over a month left...
School inspection changes will save Ofsted £2.3 million
Ofsted will save more than £2 million by giving ‘good’ schools – and those with “serious weaknesses” – an extra year between inspections, Schools Week can exclusively reveal....
MPs to investigate school and sixth-form funding
The parliamentary education committee has launched an inquiry into school and sixth-form funding, to consider whether a 10-year plan is needed to preserve “high quality” education. The inquiry,...
People are struggling to understand the new 9 to 1 GCSE grading system
Understanding of how GCSEs work dropped after the new 9 to 1 grading system came in. A survey of almost 3,000 heads, teachers, parents, universities and the public...