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FEATURED: the new regional  schools commissioners
Would-be whistleblowers need to know that all avenues to tell their stories are “quite open”, says Pank Patel, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands. He said...
Ofsted drops local authority ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ judgements
Local authorities will no longer be given an overall judgement of their school improvement functions, Ofsted has said in a framework released this morning. Instead, a narrative judgement will...
School-based teacher training of more benefit than university route find researchers
Schools think they benefit more overall from school-based teacher training than university-based routes, a new survey by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found. The IFS survey into...
Proposed GCSE RE criteria requires students to study two religions but not worldviews
Pupils will need to study two religions under new criteria for GCSE religious studies, but non-religious worldviews will not be included, a government consultation document has revealed. Launched...
Free school sixth-form offer £500 recruitment ‘incentive’ to pupils
High-achieving students in Doncaster are being offered £500 in a bid to lure them to a new free school sixth-form. New College Pontefract applied to the Department for...
Government launch ‘mortgage’ offer for academies
Academies will for the first time be able to borrow government cash, “like a mortgage”, in a bid to improve facilities or expand their schools. They will be...
Regional school commissioners begin to flex their muscles
A local authority’s choice of school sponsor has been vetoed, in a first sign of the government’s new regional schools commissioners (RSC) showing their muscle, Schools Week can...
College of Teaching to have three year ‘incubation’
It will take three years for a proposed College of Teaching to get up to full capacity after its initial launch, the team behind the plans has said....
GCSE secrets of top six local authorities
Schools in six local authorities have bucked the downward trend of this year’s GCSE results and boosted their results. Provisional results released by the Department for Education (DfE)...
No link left behind for edu watchdogs’ website move
Exam regulators Ofqual and school inspectors Ofsted, both independent bodies, are to move their information and services to GOV.UK, the single government website. Last month Ofqual announced its...
Double-funded academy say there will be ‘no difficulties’ in repaying
A free school in south London that opened with 17 pupils has said it will have no problem paying back overfunding, after it emerged that it was being...