• 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

  • 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