• White paper is a 'goner', says policy expert

    Major reforms such as forced academisation face being kyboshed in the wake of Brexit, Whitehall experts have told Schools Week. Policies unveiled in the government’s latest education white paper, published just three months ago, could be sidelined until a new government forms, and could even be dropped, they say. Those policies include plans to force

    17.00 Jun. 30th, 2016 | News

  • How to make EAL pupils feel safer post-EU referendum

    “Bye bye, you’re going home”: playground ‘banter’. “Leave the EU/No more Polish vermin”: anonymous leaflets left outside a primary school. “Why are there only 10 white faces in this class? Why are you not educating the English?”: street harassment  reported by a KS1 teacher. On Friday June 24 at 5 am I tweeted what turned out

    11.30 Jun. 27th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Reports delayed by the referendum could be published soon

    A number of reports delayed by the EU referendum could soon be released by the Department for Education. The government has pushed back publication of a number of key reports in the run up to yesterday’s vote, with some concern raised about the content of the reports and the reasons behind delay. Now that purdah,

    16.13 Jun. 24th, 2016 | News

  • Brexit will lead to delay in policy - but frustrations should be channeled into positive action

    What impact will the decision to leave the European Union have on schools, the policies from the government, and our young people? Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, gives his thoughts on today’s vote. Teachers aren’t just teachers. They are citizens, parents, leaders, campaigners, travellers and more. All of these

    11.31 Jun. 24th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Brexit: Vote to leave the EU will delay education policies

    Questions have been raised about the impact of today’s vote to leave the European Union on the government’s education policies. Prime minister David Cameron, who led the Remain campaign, announced this morning he would quit before the Conservative party’s conference in October. Leave won the referendum with 52 per cent of the votes. Headteachers’ union

    9.59 Jun. 24th, 2016 | News

  • We can't ignore the high-fliers who are not being pushed

    The last few weeks of EU referendum debate have shown how badly we do latent anger as a country. Whatever ideals one may hold, whatever the reality may be, swathes of the population nevertheless feel as if politicians have long ignored them and want to exert more power over their lives. By the time you

    5.00 Jun. 24th, 2016 | Opinion

  • What would a remain vote mean for education?

    What would a Remain vote mean for the Department for Education and schools? Schools Week asked Amy Finch for her predictions In the event of Remain, it will be business as usual for most of the government. The prime minister will continue to drive his “life chances” strategy, and the chancellor will push forward on

    5.00 Jun. 20th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Should we go or should we stay?

    Next week there will be an election on the European Union. As a former citizenship teacher, I can tell you life will be easier for those citizenship teachers still out there if the country votes to leave. Pupils hate learning about the EU, teachers hate teaching it. It’s abstract, and far away, and difficult to

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Speed-read: What impact has EU immigration had on England's schools?

    As the EU referendum debate continues to rage on, a new report published today hopes to shed some light on the impact of immigration from European countries on England’s schools. Concerns over the impact on schools of a Brexit vote has taken a number of forms in the last few months – from loss of

    0.01 Jun. 2nd, 2016 | News