• 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

  • Gibb becomes 'school standards' minister in DfE reshuffle

    A shake-up of ministerial roles at the Department for Education has been announced, with some interesting changes following the appointment of new education secretary Justine Greening. Nick Gibb, the former schools minister, is getting an expanded brief under a new “school standards” remit, while many key responsibilities have been passed to Lord Nash, one of

    9.53 Aug. 9th, 2016 | News

  • Doomed spelling and grammar test cost government £1 million

    The government spent almost £1 million developing this year’s doomed key stage 1 spelling and grammar test, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. Information released under the freedom of information act shows the Department for Education spent at least £952,602 on developing the spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) test for seven-year-olds, only to have to abandon

    17.57 Jul. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Gibb dodges grammar schools question

    Schools minister Nick Gibb dodged a question on whether he thinks new grammar schools should be allowed to open, despite pleas from the education community for the government to ditch the idea. Gibb was probed on whether the government should remove a ban on new grammar schools, thought to be something being weighed up by Prime Minister

    16.51 Jul. 26th, 2016 | News

  • Department for Education reshuffle: Meet the ministers

    You would be forgiven for thinking the new ministerial line-up at the Department for Education looks familiar. Justine Greening, who replaced Nicky Morgan as education secretary last week, will proceed with most of her predecessor’s team intact, but confirmation of who is doing what is likely to come later this week. Here’s what we know… Nick Gibb

    13.16 Jul. 18th, 2016 | News