• Academy trust loses spending records after finance system switch

    An academy trust appears to have lost access to financial data from longer than two years ago after changing its management systems. A director at the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust told Schools Week the trust no longer has a license to access its previous financial system, and so could not fully respond to

    15.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Safeguarding software 'normalises authoritarian approaches' in schools - academics

    Academics are concerned safeguarding software that allow firms to keep watch on pupils’ activity on computers is “normalising extreme authoritarian approaches” in schools – with worries parents might not know about the “snooping”. It follows tech firm Smoothwall launching a new partnership with company Safeguard Software to provide a service that scoops up data from

    5.00 Dec. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Data helps us intervene early, says academy trust

    Trusts are concerned that a new government diktat to pull back from data collection will stop them making rapid interventions for struggling pupils. The Department for Education this week pledged to cut out unnecessary workload so teachers could “devote their energies to teaching”. It followed several recommendations in a Workload Advisory Group report, which were

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Schools need to boost staff and governors' data literacy, research finds

    Schools must focus on boosting the data literacy of newly or recently qualified teachers and governors in order to improve their practice, new research has found. The report on ‘School cultures and practices: supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils’, released today, compared schools in London with those outside of the capital, and found that lower-performing primary

    12.58 Aug. 8th, 2018 | News

  • DfE placed on UK Statistics Authority watch list

    The Department for Education has been cautioned by the UK Statistics Authority for delaying data releases and providing unclear information to the public. It has been censured in particular for the way it published data on academy transfers, reported extensively by Schools Week. The “extended timeframe between promising the release of data and its publication was

    16.47 Sep. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Multi-academy trusts swap data systems for Progress 8

    New performance measures such as Progress 8 have led some multi-academy trusts to move away from traditional data-system providers. “Added layers of complexity” have helped to shake up the management information system (MIS) market at present dominated by Capita SIMS, which supports more than 80 per cent of schools. But a desire to access data

    5.00 Jan. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Academics petition education secretary over 48-hour research publication rule

    Academics and journalists are mobilising to fight a government diktat which means they must now send any research based on the national pupil database to civil servants two days before publication. Several have joined forces with unions and teachers to campaign against the change – including writing to education secretary Justine Greening, Schools Week can

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2016 | News

  • Academics must show research to government two days before publishing, say new DfE rules

    Academics and journalists have been ordered to give civil servants two days to look over any research they plan to publish from the national pupil database in a move that some fear will shut down rapid scrutiny of government policy. Researchers were informed yesterday that any analysis produced using statistics from the national pupil database

    16.14 Oct. 7th, 2016 | News