• 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

  • Energy drink ban plan 'long overdue'

    A move by the government to consider banning the sale of energy drinks to young people has been branded a “major step forward” but “long overdue”. Downing Street announced last night that the Department of Health is to consult on proposals which would see all retailers banned from selling drinks that contain more than 150mg of

    10.53 Aug. 30th, 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

  • Council steps in to save 24-pupil special school

    A local authority has prevented an academy for high-needs pupils from closing, saving them from a 45-mile journey to their new school. Unity Academy – Fenland in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire will now be moved to another site in the town as part of a development which will also house a new primary and secondary school. Catering

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2018 | News

  • TAs miss out on training as funding plummets

    Nearly half of teaching assistants claim to have received no training from their schools within the last year as schools cut back to save money. In a survey of 4,500 school support staff, 53.3 per cent of classroom-based staff said their school’s money for training had dropped in the last 12 months, and 45.1 per

    14.09 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Academy autonomy 'has no positive impact in the classroom'

    Almost half of academy leaders believe that the extra autonomy granted to academies has no positive impact in the classroom, according to new analysis by the Sutton Trust. Thirty per cent of academy senior leaders who took part in a poll on the additional autonomy that comes from academy status said it had “no effect”

    0.01 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • A NEU dawn: NUT and ATL hold final conferences

    The National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers held their last conferences as separate unions over the Easter break. The two sections will meet as one amalgamated National Education Union next year. Schools Week’s political editor Freddie Whittaker attended so you didn’t have to. 1. Ofsted ‘overstepped the mark’ during hijab row

    12.45 Apr. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint general secretaries of the National Education Union

    As I mount the steps to the National Education Union’s London headquarters, I can’t help feeling disappointment that the joint general secretaries turned down the idea of a photoshoot on a bright blue tandem. Nothing that would highlight their stark height difference, the press officer insists. Union business is a serious game, it appears. Almost

    5.00 Mar. 27th, 2018 | Features

  • International Women's Day: NEU demands action on teaching gender pay gap

    The country’s largest education union has demanded action to make teaching a “genuinely equal” profession for women. To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the National Education Union has challenged the government to address the fact that while teaching is a predominantly female job, women teachers are still paid less on average than men,

    0.01 Mar. 8th, 2018 | News

  • New figures: 18,000 schools face funding cuts

    Education unions have revised upwards their predictions for the number of schools facing funding cuts to almost 18,000. The coalition of organisations behind the popular School Cuts website say 557 more schools face real-terms cuts in their funding by 2019 than originally thought. The website, run by the National Education Union, the National Association of

    9.00 Nov. 18th, 2017 | News