• Academy trust rapped over boss' £23,000 ex-gratia fee

    A government investigation has uncovered a swathe of financial and governance failings at a single academy trust – including “potential irregularity” over football tickets costing more than £4,000. The investigation into Westfield Academy, a mixed secondary school with a sixth form in Hertfordshire, also found a former finance boss had been paid a £22,600 honorarium

    16.55 Sep. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Alternative provision academy trust turns to online learning to make savings

    An academy trust in charge of 11 alternative provision academies intends to increase its use of online learning as part of a plan to cut more than £2.5 million from its budget, it has emerged. The TBAP trust, which runs AP academies in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the North West, is planning widespread cost-cutting measures after

    16.45 Sep. 21st, 2018 | News

  • School sixth form funding down 21% since 2010, IfS finds

    Funding for students in school sixth forms has plunged by 21 per cent since 2010–11, new research has found. Government funding for 16 to 18 year olds has been cut “much more sharply” than funding for pupils in pre-school, primary, secondary or higher education, according to the ‘2018 Annual Report on Education Spending in England’

    0.01 Sep. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Primary schools relying on fundraising to deliver basic education

    More than four in ten Kent primary schools are dependent on fundraising to deliver basic education for their pupils new research has found, and one charity believes the problem stretches nationwide. In 2018, 43 per cent of primary schools in Kent reported that they were reliant on fundraised income to deliver day-to-day, statutory teaching activities,

    12.00 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Heads concerned after 'lifeline' school improvement funding cut

    A “lifeline” government scheme that issued school improvement grants has closed, with £85 million from its coffers left unspent. The National Association of Head Teachers has expressed concerns after the Department for Education announced this week that no further routine grants will be awarded from the strategic school improvement fund, though emergency funding will still

    12.38 Aug. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Government plans a review of children's physical activity at school

    Schools’ efforts to engage their least active pupils in physical activities will be reviewed by the government as it embarks on the second phase of its childhood obesity plan. The first phase, published in 2016, promised a ‘healthy schools’ rating scheme for primaries, and a new interactive online tool to help schools plan at least 30 minutes of

    19.12 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Schools have 'strong legal case to make councils fully fund SEND provision'

    Schools are forking out millions of pounds for special educational needs provision even though there is often a strong legal case for obliging their local authority to fully fund it. The majority of councils provide schools with up to £6,000 of funding for pupils who have a special education need. The cost of delivering all

    5.00 Jun. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Hinds challenged over 'dangerously inadequate' SEND funding

    A coalition of trade unions and 39 local authorities have written to the education secretary to warn of “dangerously inadequate funding” for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition was first formed in November 2016 and now includes NEU, NAHT, ASCL, Unison, GMB and Unite. In a letter to Damian Hinds, the

    0.01 Jun. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Dorset school told to improve or have funding withdrawn

    A Dorset multi academy trust has been warned that one of its schools will have its funding agreement terminated if it does not improve on a damning Ofsted inspection. Lisa Mannall, the regional schools commissioner for the south-west, has written to the Twynham Learning multi-academy trust, after The Grange School in Christchurch was rated ‘inadequate’ with

    17.57 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • No school should be forced to rely on Amazon wishlists

    Most schools are now too poor to buy all the necessary learning resources, which Patrick Hayes believes is a shocking state of affairs Schools are increasingly being forced to use Amazon wishlists to persuade parents to stump up the cash for much-needed classroom resources, as was reported in last week’s Schools Week. The news comes

    5.00 Jun. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Sabrina Hobbs, principal, Severndale specialist academy

    A nine-year-old boy in a wheelchair is delightedly pressing the large button on a battery-powered speaker that calls Betsy the dog by name. Every time he does, a chocolate sprocker spaniel comes bounding across to a small circle of children. This all happens under the watchful eye of Sabrina Hobbs, the executive principal of Shropshire’s only

    5.00 Jun. 12th, 2018 | Features