• Schools minister Nick Gibb stays in Department for Education role

    Nick Gibb appears to have held on to his schools minister role, with prime minister Theresa May confirming this morning he will remain a minister of state under the Department for Education (DfE). Although unconfirmed, Gibb is likely to keep his schools brief. He is joined in the department by Robert Halfon who is likely

    9.10 Jul. 17th, 2016 | News

  • Initial teacher training expert reports due today

    The government is to finally publish its much-delayed reports into initial teacher training and professional development. Three expert groups were commissioned last year to look closely at initial teacher training (ITT), following an initial review by Sir Andrew Carter. Originally expected to report much earlier in the year, the groups were tasked with looking at

    11.36 Jul. 12th, 2016 | News

  • Absence fine refunds should be refused, schools minister tells local councils

    Councils should not refund parents fined for taking their children out of school, the schools minister has said, after a surge in requests following a landmark court case. Nick Gibb has written to local authorities to say that the government expects refund requests, made after a High Court ruling in favour of a father who took his

    10.39 Jul. 12th, 2016 | News

  • Schools minister Nick Gibb backs Gove and Johnson for leadership — NOT Nicky Morgan

    Schools minister Nick Gibb has publicly announced his support for Boris Johnson as the next Conservative party leader, thereby snubbing Nicky Morgan – the education secretary and his departmental boss – who this morning confirmed she is canvassing support for her own leadership bid. In a tweet he wrote: I'm backing Boris. Boris Johnson and

    13.31 Jun. 29th, 2016 | News

  • ‘No excuses’ is not a solution for angry teens

    Insisting disadvantage can be fixed with a traditional academic curriculum and a strong dose of discipline is not engaging with the issue. That method did nothing for my sister, and it will do nothing for others like her, says Kiran Gill Last term there was a predictable exam hullabaloo when school GCSE data was published.

    6.00 Feb. 28th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Reality bites: What school crises should teach Gibb

    When Michael Merrick, a teacher at Cardinal Newman, shared pictures of his flood-devastated school, it was a sharp reminder of the day my own classroom was destroyed by a roof collapse. Standing in the doorway, watching as debris floated by and pupil work melted into the newly-formed lagoon, my heart sank along with it. It’s

    6.00 Dec. 11th, 2015 | Opinion

  • 5 Ways Schools Can Work Together On Recruitment

    Recruitment: is it a “challenge” or even a “crisis”? Or have we never had it so good in terms of vacancies filled? Is it the best time ever to be a teacher, as schools minister Nick Gibb has recently said, or are ministers sleepwalking while school leaders scratch their heads to find ever more inventive

    7.30 Nov. 7th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Mary Bousted: ‘Don’t tell me I have low expectations’

    Teachers care passionately about their pupils and strive to close the education achievement gap, but their job becomes more difficult as inequality and poverty levels rise – as they will under Conservative party policies Speaking last week at a Schools and FE Week Fringe at the Conservative party conference, I was accused by Nick Gibb,

    9.00 Oct. 16th, 2015 | Opinion

  • New behaviour panel has more people called John than women

    Last weekend, there was much criticism of gender representation in the shadow cabinet. Meanwhile, I was getting worked up over the selectivity of a different line-up. Last Sunday, schools minister Nick Gibb announced eight behaviour experts that will be assisting Tom Bennett in his review of teacher training to deal with student behaviour. As teachers

    19.26 Sep. 18th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Why having one exam board isn't as smart as Nick Gibb thinks it is

    Reports that schools minister Nick Gibb wants GCSEs and A levels to be provided by one exam board were greeted with a knowing smile from Michael Gove’s ex-advisor Sam Freedman: The burnt finger wobbles back to the fire… https://t.co/SlPlK4bmig — Sam Freedman (@Samfr) August 9, 2015 The burned fingers are his and his bosses. We

    18.20 Aug. 10th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Scrapping levels was great says Nick Gibb - but he forgets the impact on workload

    Last week, members of the government’s ‘assessment without levels’ commission were announced. Much was made of the fact that Nick Gibb, the minister in charge of the group, had said it would be ‘teacher-led’. However, there are no full-time teachers on the panel. The Department for Education defended itself by pointing to the three current

    18.37 Mar. 14th, 2015 | Opinion