• Government to rewrite academy rules after staff member halts school conversion

    The Government has been forced to stop the academy conversion of a school after opposition from a single staff member. It will now rewrite government regulations to close the loophole that halted the process. In March, The Department for Education (DfE) issued academy orders for three schools in Lewisham, following applications by the Leathersellers’ Federation which runs the schools. But Schools Week

    16.09 May. 27th, 2015 | News

  • 'Coasting schools' are not defined by their Ofsted grade, and 6 other things we learned from Nicky Morgan

    In the first ever Schools Week webinar, education secretary Nicky Morgan told us more about her future plans.   Anyone who ever took over a class or headship half-way through a school year will tell you that picking up where someone else unexpectedly left off is rubbish. Sanity is only maintained by dreaming of ways

    21.40 May. 19th, 2015 | News

  • Nicky Morgan: Academies are a 'better kind' of school than local authority ones

    Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, education secretary Nicky Morgan agreed that academies are a ‘better kind’ of school than those overseen by local authorities. Ms Morgan appeared on the show to reval planned government powers for firing headteachers and forcing ‘coasting’ schools – described as those with poor levels of progress –

    10.34 May. 17th, 2015 | News

  • Why Morgan's plan to fire heads of 'coasting schools' relies on imaginary people

    So, what does the government’s new ‘coasting schools’ plan actually involve? Things we know: – As soon as a school is identified as ‘failing’ the Regional School Commissioner will intervene immediately. – If the school does not have a ‘credible plan or capacity’ for turnaround then the government will make more moves. – Headteachers, and

    11.21 May. 17th, 2015 | Opinion

  • The system could be given the freedoms to be great

    It looks like a busy five years for Nicky Morgan: 500 new free schools, an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers needed, new headteachers for schools “requiring improvement”, and the academisation of failing and coasting secondary schools. The education secretary has a lot to do after wielding her “stick” during the election campaign: primary heads

    7.30 May. 16th, 2015 | Opinion