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Ofsted allows newly-trained staff to lead short inspections
Ofsted will allow 25 junior inspectors who signed up to a fast-track training programme with a cash incentive to lead new short inspections. Payments of £5,360 were made...
Slight fall in school absence fines in wake of Platt court case
Parents fined for their children’s unauthorised absence fell a little last year, but the figures did not change as much as expected given the law has become more...
United Learning and Ark in north-London turf war
Two of the country’s leading academy trusts have clashed over plans for an “unneeded” free school in north London. Plans for Ark to build the Ark Pioneer Academy...
Floreat Brentford Primary free school to close
The sponsor of Floreat Brentford Primary School, a free school in west London, has announced plans to close the school, citing problems with temporary buildings and “critically low”...
Yeovil's St Michael's Academy hit with financial notice to improve
A junior school in Somerset has been hit with a financial notice to improve from the government after it failed to set a balanced budget. The Education and...
Campaigner wants school absence contact procedures changed
Schools should be forced to contact multiple family members in the event of unexpected pupil absences, according to a mother whose young children spent almost 24 hours alone...
Sweet-talking the government worth six figures to struggling trusts
Some academy trusts are getting extra money simply because of their “powers of persuasion” while others struggle with their finances, leading accountants have warned. The government’s “official message”...
Girls school holds off negative Ofsted report with legal threats
A Kent school that managed to suppress an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report for eight months by threatening legal action has now been rated ‘good’ across the board after the...
Lack of understanding hampers heads' ability to help pupils with mental health
School leaders’ lack of understanding of counselling and psychotherapy is making it difficult for them to commission mental health support for their pupils, new research has found. A...
Pupils with certificate signed by a Catholic priest can get school place priority
Catholic schools can continue to accept a certificate signed by a priest as proof of pupils’ faith when giving them priority in admissions, the Office of the Schools...
St Neots Learning Partnership issued with pre-termination warning notice
An academy trust in Cambridgeshire has been warned it faces closure over “unacceptably low” standards at one of its academies. The Department for Education has issued The St...