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Academies will need government approval for related-party transactions
Academies that want to buy services in from companies run by their leaders will soon need to get permission from the government under new rules proposed by the...
Social Mobility Commission gets new chair - but no new powers
Dame Martina Milburn, the head of the Prince’s Trust, has been nominated to chair the Social Mobility Commission. But the Department for Education has ruled out expanding the...
Grammar school expansion money 'won't improve outcomes'
The expansion of grammar schools is “unlikely to bring benefits for young people” as selective schools do not offer better social, emotional or educational outcomes than non-selective establishments. Instead...
Ofsted considers its options on lesson observation
Ofsted is evaluating six international lesson observation models as it considers how to rate schools from next year. The watchdog’s inspectors will follow a new inspection framework from...
Schools need official guidance on pupils' social media safety
An international anti-bullying charity has demanded better guidance for schools on keeping children safe on social media. Sue Jones, global deputy chief executive officer of charity Ditch the...
Grammar schools could get cash for lowering 11-plus pass mark, and 4 other things we learned from Nick Gibb at education committee
MPs have grilled the schools minister Nick Gibb for almost two hours over the government’s grammar school expansion plans, academy trust accountability and teacher pay. Here are the...
Ethnically diverse schools 'promote social cohesion'
Secondary schools with the most ethnic diversity help pupils develop the most positive feelings towards other races, and “promote social cohesion” according to new research. A study of...
DfE ditches year 7 'catch-up training' fund before it even opens
A government scheme which promised schools up to £25,000 each to help improve the literacy and numeracy of year seven pupils has been unceremoniously scrapped, months after bidders...
Robert Halfon proposes bill to expand Social Mobility Commission powers
A new law that would give greater powers and resources to the Social Mobility Commission will be proposed by Robert Halfon, chair of the parliamentary education committee in...