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'No more free schools', shadow education secretary Lucy Powell tells Labour Conference
There would be “no more free schools” under a future Labour government, Lucy Powell told her party conference as she hinted councils would be given powers to open and...
'London effect' due to improving primary schools, new report finds
The success of London schools is down to improvements in school quality rather than schemes such as the London Challenge, a new report suggests. Research published today contradicts...
Jeremy Corbyn commits Labour to making schools 'accountable' to councils
Labour will make all schools ‘accountable’ to councils, Jeremy Corbyn has announced. In his speech to his party’s conference in Brighton, Mr Corbyn said Labour wanted to see...
Government 'committed' to universal infant free school meals, Cameron confirms
Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed his government’s commitment to continuing to provide universal infant free school meals. The confirmation by a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, as...
RSCs are not inspectors, says consultant
A former government education policy adviser says that some regional school commissioners (RSCs) who visit schools under a “shadow Ofsted inspection regime” have reverted to the old model...
Labour's new shadow education secretary Lucy Powell sets out top 3 priorities
Labour’s new shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has used Schools Week’s fringe at her party’s conference in Brighton to outline her priorities for education. Teacher recruitment and retention...
What do the statistics say about teacher shortages?
Every school leader struggling to recruit is facing his or her own crisis: empty classrooms require cover ­— and that’s stressful. But is there a systematic countrywide teacher...
DfE produces no data on achievement of service personnel children
The government produces no data on the educational outcomes of children of military service personnel, despite spending millions of pounds supporting their schooling, Schools Week can reveal. A...
Labour will 'fiercely contest' any move to revive grammar schools, says Powell
Any move to revive selective schools will be “fiercely contested” by Labour, Lucy Powell has said. The new shadow education secretary has told The Guardian that the Conservatives...