• Greening warned tinkering could cause funding formula to "come crashing down"

    Justine Greening has been warned that tinkering with the proposed national funding formula to appease senior politicians pressing for a more radical plan could cause it all to “come crashing down”. A handful of Conservative MPs, largely from rural areas, have called for a review of the funding overhaul that will dish out more cash

    5.00 Jan. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Teacher pay: 1 per cent rise will cost schools £250m, warns government

    An increase in teachers’ pay of just 1 per cent would cost schools an additional £250 million next year, the government has warned. Justine Greening, the education secretary, said earlier this year that there was a “strong case” for a continued 1 per cent cap on teacher pay rises in 2017-18. The same rise was applied in 2014, 2015

    17.29 Dec. 7th, 2016 | News

  • Justine Greening told by five select committees that demand for compulsory sex and relationships education is now 'deafening'

    Five parliamentary select committees have written to Justine Greening to say the demand for compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE), and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in all schools is now “deafening”. In a public letter, the chairs of five committees – education; women and equalities; home affairs; health; and business, energy and

    11.08 Nov. 30th, 2016 | News

  • Thanks? No thanks: Why only 1 teacher received a thank you letter from the education secretary

    The government has written one thank-you letter to a retired teacher in the past four years, despite launching a campaign to reward their contribution. The Department for Education (DfE) unveiled a scheme in 2012 in which outgoing teachers who made an “exceptional contribution to education” could be nominated for a personal letter of thanks from

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Justine Greening holds up findings of the Teachers Working Longer Review

    A group of educationists scrutinising the consequences of teachers working until their late 60s expect their interim findings to be published this month, seven months after they were sent to government. Under new government policy, teachers born after April 6, 1979, are required to work until 68 before claiming a full state pension. For older

    5.00 Nov. 6th, 2016 | News

  • So it’s goodbye to the Education for All bill... or is it?

    New laws forcing more schools to become academies will not happen in this academic year. That’s about the only certainty in a week of seemingly abandoned plans. It’s official. The Education for All bill is no more. Or so almost everyone was proclaiming last week when a throwaway line in a statement from Justine Greening

    5.00 Nov. 5th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Michael Gove backs grammar plan - despite previous resistance to selective school expansion

    Michael Gove has today backtracked on his historical resistance to new selective schools by saying the prime minister’s plans to expand grammars is “right” and will “spread excellence”. Speaking to the BBC’s World at One, the former education secretary appeared to whole-heartedly back Theresa May and Justine Greening’s proposals to end the ban on new grammar

    17.26 Oct. 26th, 2016 | News

  • Greening wants trainee teachers to experience more school placements

    School Direct teacher training “needs to be longer” if trainees are to get the experience across different schools that Justine Greening has said she wants to see. The education secretary told delegates at the SCHOOLS NorthEast summit in Newcastle last week that she wanted trainees to “work in a number of different settings” so they

    5.00 Oct. 21st, 2016 | 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

  • Greening's first education questions: Green paper 'will help' SEN pupils, and four other things we learned

    The government’s new(ish) education team faced its first proper grilling in Parliament this afternoon during the first education questions since Justine Greening’s appointment. Buoyed by the new additions to its own team, Labour went on the attack over grammar schools and funding, while Greening and her ministerial colleagues were forced to defend some of their reforms against criticism from

    16.59 Oct. 10th, 2016 | News

  • The mystery of the disappearing education secretary

    As another party conference season ebbs away, this is usually the part where I write a column about the education secretary. For the past two years I spent the Conservative conference at fringe events stalking Nicky Morgan – turning up at the parties she was at, springing questions on her during debates – and taking

    5.00 Oct. 7th, 2016 | Opinion