Opinion

School are not mini-immigration offices – and never should be

Schools should not make parents show their children’s passports. For anything. That’s a really simple rule. It’s also a...

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
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DfE admits to alternative provision failures

The government “needs to do better” for pupils in alternative provision, says a senior civil servant following claims that...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Pupils who were not white British told to send in birthplace data

Schools are demanding copies of pupils’ passports, and asking parents to confirm if their children are asylum seekers or...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
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Top DfE advisor says consultations are never a ‘sham’

Use evidence and examples and avoid insulting ministers or writing “a diatribe” if you want to get yourself heard...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Special needs funding plan shown to be ‘unreliable’

The government’s proposed new way of funding early education for children with special educational needs will fail to distribute...

Ann McGauran
Ann McGauran
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Complaints lodged against schools triple in 3 years

The Department for Education (DfE) has been hit with an alarming rise in complaints made against schools, with the...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
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Schools community welcomes early years funding overhaul

School funding experts have broadly welcomed government proposals to overhaul early years funding and invest an extra £1 billion...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Meet Nick Gibb’s new ‘teacher in residence’

If you’ve heard the schools minister Nick Gibb deliver a speech in the past few years, there’s a strong...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Gibb becomes ‘school standards’ minister in DfE reshuffle

A shake-up of ministerial roles at the Department for Education has been announced, with some interesting changes following the...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker