• Will the Conservatives really remove the faith school 50% cap?

    With no mention in the Queen’s speech, and its chief architect Nick Timothy no longer in post, the Government’s plan to remove the faith school admissions cap might, just might be dead in the water, argues Andrew Copson In September last year, Theresa May announced plans to remove the limits on religious selection at new

    16.45 Jun. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Meet the teachers elected as MPs

    A new generation of teachers-turned-MPs have vowed to fight school funding cuts after an election which saw education issues rise up the agenda. At least half a dozen former teachers and teaching assistants, many of whom campaigned specifically on education issues including school funding cuts, were elected to parliament for the first time in Thursday’s

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Purdah is over, but it has paralysed DfE for 6 months in 2 years

    The government has been affected by pre-election rules preventing civil servants from talking to the press for more than 25 weeks in just over two years, Schools Week analysis shows. The so-called purdah period which covered this year’s general election campaign is now over, lifting restrictions on government press releases and the signing of school

    5.00 Jun. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Education committee chair Neil Carmichael loses seat as Justine Greening clings on

    The former chair of the education select committee Neil Carmichael has lost his seat in parliament in one of many shock upsets for the Conservative Party. Carmichael’s defeat in his former constituency of Stroud, Gloucestershire, was one of several stunning losses during a difficult night for his party during which the education secretary Justine Greening

    4.42 Jun. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Election night 2017: The constituencies to watch if you work in education

    It’s been one of the most eventful and uncertain election campaigns in recent history, and now it’s almost over. The polls will close at 10pm tonight, and this will be closely followed by exit polls before constituency results start to trickle in from around 11.30pm. In case you were worried we hadn’t done something really nerdy

    15.39 Jun. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Tory plan to ban school expansions is 'not feasible', experts warn

    The Conservative pledge to ban councils from creating new places in schools graded below ‘good’ by Ofsted is not feasible unless academies can be forced to expand, experts have warned. Launched last week, the party’s general election manifesto promised “more good school places” from building “at least a hundred new free schools a year”, and

    5.00 May. 30th, 2017 | News

  • 'Doughnut' catchment areas could be new Tory plan

    If elected, the Conservatives could change school admissions to allow recruitment of pupils from further afield, using what is known as a “doughnut” catchment arrangement, Schools Week has learned. Experts are however warning that this “pernicious” proposal, hinted at in the party’s manifesto for the upcoming election, would disadvantage poorer children, as schools built in

    5.00 May. 29th, 2017 | News

  • Conservatives promise new routes to becoming a teacher

    Schools could get additional funding to train their teaching assistants up to degree level using a new apprenticeship route announced in the Conservative manifesto. The party has pledged to ensure TAs are able to “become qualified teachers via a degree apprenticeship route”, a move which would give schools access to funding from the apprenticeship levy

    5.00 May. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Political visits in schools can be ruled unlawful

    Schools that host campaign visits from politicians risk breaking the law or charity rules if they don’t act with political balance. Candidates from all the major parties have made dozens of visits to schools since the general election campaign began. But schools have to adhere to the strict rules governing political campaigning that include providing

    5.00 May. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Tory manifesto pledge is for only 17 extra free schools

    A commitment by the Conservative party to build 100 new free schools a year if it wins the general election only guarantees that a further 17 will open on top of those already planned, Schools Week analysis has revealed. The party’s manifesto includes a pledge to build at least 100 free schools in every year

    5.00 May. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Think tanks reveal true costs of election manifesto pledges

    The education manifesto pledges of political parties have come under the microscope by two thinks tanks today. The Education Policy Institute has published a study analysing each party’s schools spending pledges, the impact of slashing free school lunches and the use of grammar statistics. Meanwhile the Institute for Fiscal Studies has also analysed school spends,

    0.01 May. 26th, 2017 | News