• 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

  • The four key trends in the 2017 KS2 primary test results

    Provisional results of the primary school key stage 2 SATs tests broken down at local authority and regional level have been released by the Department for Education this morning. Here are the key points from today’s new data. 1. London scoops the top results again London dominates local authority areas in terms of pupils who

    10.55 Aug. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Gibb fails to resolve summer-born admissions despite promises

    Schools minister Nick Gibb is under fire for “failing to act” nearly two years after promising to stop the “postcode lottery” of unfair admissions for summer-born children. Gibb (pictured) launched a review in July 2015 to investigate the admission rules for summer-born children, which he said was an issue “repeatedly raised on the doorstep” during

    5.00 May. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Nick Gibb 'comfortable' with schools' approach to cost cutting

    The schools minister Nick Gibb has said he is “comfortable” with the way schools are dealing with rising cost pressures. It comes despite headteachers recently revealing how they are having to cut back on textbooks, cleaning and maintenance to balance the books, on top of making teaching and support staff redundant. The Institute for Fiscal

    12.21 Jan. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Gibb urged to make arts EBacc commitment after £300m music hub pledge

    Schools minister Nick Gibb has been urged to prove his commitment to the arts by introducing a “more creative EBacc” after announcing £300 million funding to secure the future of music education hubs. Gibb said the continued investment for the hubs, running since 2012, will help thousands of youngsters from all backgrounds to enjoy life-changing

    5.00 Nov. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Meet Nick Gibb's new 'teacher in residence'

    If you’ve heard the schools minister Nick Gibb deliver a speech in the past few years, there’s a strong chance it was written by one of his “teachers in residence”. The scheme, which sees serving teachers employed as civil servants by the Department for Education (DfE) for periods of between eight and 12 months, has

    6.00 Aug. 12th, 2016 | News