• Starmer demands taskforce to close attainment gap

    A national taskforce run by an independent body like the children’s commissioner should be set up to plan a national strategy to close the attainment gap, Sir Keir Starmer has said. The Labour leader told the party’s “Connected” online conference this morning that the country needs “a national strategy with clear targets to close the

    10.09 Sep. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Heads enticed with conference tickets to attend ‘hosted meetings’

    A major new education conference is offering free tickets and expenses of up to £750 in return for headteachers having two hours of meetings with event sponsors and partners such as Google. Learnit conference, backed by the organisers of the established BETT education technology show, said the offer – which included tickets worth £550 –

    7.00 Jan. 12th, 2019 | News

  • The Seldon List: OECD chief and schools minister top trad-dominated education influencers list

    Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education chief, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, and Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, have topped a new list of the most influential people in education. The list, drawn up by Sir Anthony Seldon with the help of a panel of 20 educationists, is likely to be controversial as it dominated

    5.00 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Thousands of children without EHCPs by government deadline

    Almost 4,000 children with now-defunct statements of special educational needs were still waiting to transfer to the new education, health and care plans (EHCPs) system after the April 1 deadline, the government has admitted. Data collected in early April but only released today shows that although 232,352 pupils, 98.4 per cent of those who previously had

    11.35 May. 10th, 2018 | News