Academies

National schools commissioner Dominic Herrington to leave role

Departure to Ministry of Justice role comes ahead of shake-up of regional school commissioners group

James Carr
James Carr
Schools

80 winners scoop silver at the 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards

Education secretary praises 'incredible educators who support our children to achieve their potential'

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Half of new teachers struggle to balance teaching and training

Government evaluation report also reveals three in four mentors have struggled to spend time on their own training

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

One in four pupils were persistently absent in autumn 2021

Changes to isolation rules reduced Covid-related absence, but illness drove a rise in other absences

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

DfE plans first step in academy revolution

Work to move to all-academies system will begin later this term

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

Council MAT trial next year – but caps on number and size

The DfE will 'test the concept' of local authority multi-academy trusts, inviting councils to join a small trial

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Politics

Staff say overcrowding hampered bomb scare evacuation at DfE’s Sheffield office

Workers warn of 'disaster waiting to happen' after incident on day of top civil servant's visit

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Politics

Schools bill: Ex-ministers line up to criticise DfE ‘power grab’

Draft law would make Nadhim Zahawi 'the chief education officer' for thousands of schools, peers warn

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

DfE hiring up to 8 more advisers to oversee attendance push

A handful of councils alone have slashed more attendance staff than the DfE plans to recruit

Tom Belger
Tom Belger