• Ministers still relying on 'misleading' record funding claims

    Senior government ministers, including the prime minister, keep peddling the “misleading” line that “more money than ever before” is going to schools, despite mounting condemnation from the statistics watchdog. Theresa May, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, and Nick Gibb, the schools minister, are all repeat offenders, continuing to boast about the “record” levels of funding

    15.00 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Critics question winning bid for new model music curriculum

    The Department for Education has refused to say how many bids it received for a contract to write a new model music curriculum after the tender was awarded to an exam board with no classroom teaching expertise. Music teachers and academics are unhappy that the ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music,

    7.00 Mar. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Gibb calls for more attention on 'oracy' in knowledge-rich curriculum

    The schools minister wants oracy to receive more attention from schools with knowledge-rich curricula, alongside the more traditional “three Rs”. Nick Gibb said that “while there has been great public attention” on reading, writing and arithmetic, “little attention has been paid to the important role of oracy”. Speaking to the Parents and Teachers for Excellence

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Schools shut out from DfE music curriculum panel

    The government has come under fire for choosing just three serving school leaders for its 14-strong panel that will develop its new “model” music curriculum. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, announced the panel members on Friday, saying that they would develop a non-compulsory “sequenced and structured template” in music for key stages 1, 2 and

    5.00 Jan. 19th, 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

  • Education ministers need to stop arguing about skills

    It is beyond tedious to watch two ministers argue in public over the meaning of the word ‘skills’ when they could be fixing education, writes Laura McInerney One of my favourite questions to ask people is this: “If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?” It always throws them off. Sometimes they

    15.00 Jan. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Plans to widen access to grammar schools delayed by reshuffle

    Plans for a formal agreement between grammar schools and the government to widen access for disadvantaged pupils have been interrupted by the appointment of a new education secretary. Last year, the schools minister Nick Gibb said the Grammar School Heads Association would “codify” a commitment to improving admission rates for disadvantaged pupils in a “formal

    15.23 Jan. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Nick Gibb is wrong: PIRLS data does not support synthetic phonics

    The schools minister is looking at the results of a major international reading test wrong, and his dogmatic insistence on teaching children to read with phonics is a sham, argues the NEU’s Kevin Courtney Overwhelmed by problems of teacher supply and faced with rising evidence of the effects of funding cuts, it’s understandable that Nick

    15.00 Dec. 8th, 2017 | Opinion

  • All aboard the ‘Skills Revolution’! (Even you, Mr Gibb)

    “The Conservative Party has got a major problem when its own secretary of state for education is on the stage announcing a ‘skills revolution’, but the schools minister won’t let civil servants write the word ‘skills’ in any of his correspondence.” Making this point while sat alongside a former Tory minister and in front of

    9.23 Oct. 9th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Tighter legislation on private alternative provision ignored by Gibb

    Politicians from across the political spectrum have called on the government to “implement in full” a piece of legislation concerning private alternative provision that was passed nearly a decade ago and totally ignored. In 2008, the Labour government passed tighter rules about part-time providers counting as “independent educational institutions” that must be regulated and inspected

    5.00 Oct. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Minister slams academics who won't engage with researchED

    Schools minister Nick Gibb has slammed academics refusing to engage with researchED, an international project that aims to make teachers research-literate. Speaking at researchED’s fifth annual national conference at Chobham Academy in Stratford, Gibb pulled no punches in criticising those who have shunned the project. “It’s a shame some would rather stay in their ivory

    11.49 Sep. 9th, 2017 | News