• Hinds to announce wellbeing focus at ASCL conference

    Damian Hinds has commissioned his fifth advisory group since taking office – this time looking at boosting school teacher and leader wellbeing. The education secretary will tell the annual conference of school leaders’ union ASCL today the group will lead the government’s efforts to look at “how teachers and school leaders can be better supported

    0.01 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Pupils face £2 ‘fines’ to get their phones back

    A school has been accused of holding pupils’ mobile phones to “ransom” after charging parents £2 to return confiscated devices. South Wigston high school in Leicester bans mobile phones as it says the devices are a major tool for bullying and a distraction to learning. However, its electronic device policy says that a £2 contribution

    0.01 Feb. 8th, 2019 | News

  • 'It will have a long-lasting impact' - Damian Hinds reflects on his new strategy

    Following the most important announcement of Damian Hinds’s political career to date, Schools Week accompanied the education secretary on a school visit in Kent to hear more about his lauded recruitment and retention strategy. A wide-ranging plan to tackle the growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention will have a “long-lasting” impact, the education secretary

    5.00 Feb. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Recruitment and retention strategy pledges £130m for new teacher induction

    The education secretary has finally unveiled his teacher recruitment and retention strategy, pledging a £130 million reduced timetable and two-year training package for new teachers and an end to onerous floor and coasting schools standards. The strategy, which builds on a number of announcements made by Damian Hinds last year, will be published today, more

    0.01 Jan. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Analysis: Expanding grammar schools will still 'lag behind' in support for poorer pupils

    Plans by 16 grammar schools to open up access to poorer pupils in exchange for a share of an annual £50 million of expansion funding will still leave them “lagging behind” comprehensives, a Schools Week investigation has revealed. Announcing the £200 million investment over four years on Monday, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Heads question methods of glossy Westminster mag that charges £3,500 for exposure

    A glossy magazine that charges schools thousands of pounds to be featured in its pages has been accused of misleading headteachers over its links to parliament. School leaders across England received letters last month telling them they had been selected to appear in The Parliamentary Review and attend a gala event in Westminster with politicians

    7.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Twelve new social mobility commissioners appointed

    An academy leader is one of 12 new commissioners appointed today to join the Social Mobility Commission, education secretary Damian Hinds has announced. Approved by the prime minister and the public appointments committee, the team will join chair of the commission Dame Martina Milburn (pictured above), the head of the Prince’s Trust, who took up the

    13.48 Oct. 31st, 2018 | News

  • Hinds wants school leaders' ideas to improve MAT assessment

    Education secretary Damian Hinds has called on school leaders to come forward with their views on how to better hold multi-academy trusts to account, in a speech at the launch event of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) today. Hinds said that he does not have “a preconceived idea” about how to change the current

    12.46 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Stats watchdog launches investigations into ministers' 'disingenuous' use of data

    The statistics watchdog has launched two investigations into the government’s “disingenuous” use of education data, with ministers accused of using “smoke and mirrors” to deflect criticism from shrinking budgets. The UK Statistics Authority is investigating the Department for Education’s use of an OECD finding that the UK is the “third highest spender on education” to

    18.18 Oct. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Ignore the 'fibbers' over London's school successes, says Hinds

    Anyone who says they know why London’s schools have improved over the past two decades is a “fibber”, the education secretary has said. Damian Hinds told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that the reasons behind the transformation of educational performance in the capital are “much more complicated” than just one public policy programme.

    18.15 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | CPC, News

  • Hinds calls on tech companies to create new solutions to support teaching

    Education secretary Damian Hinds is calling on technology companies to help improve teaching and cut teacher workload, ahead of plans to develop new online resources for schools in the autumn. From September, the Department for Education (DfE) will work with the Chartered College of Teaching, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and other organisations to develop

    0.01 Aug. 7th, 2018 | News