Academies

Council ditches ‘forced’ academisation plan as Zahawi softens stance

Tory-led Swindon had proposed to convert all schools to academies by 2025 before a U-turn

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Nominations open for RSC adviser elections

The DfE wants more academy chiefs from under-represented backgrounds to run for election as advisers to regional schools commissioners

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Careers

Mandatory college visits in pipeline for pupils’ careers education

The measure will feature as government amendments in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Schools

Directed time cap safeguarded as schools extend hours

Schools Week finds leaders are already running extended school days within the 1,265 hour rule

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Politics

Experts challenge ministers over £3k ‘levelling up premium’

Details are scarce on policy rehashed from retention scheme scrapped in 2020

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
school funding

State V private school funding gap widens

IfS analysis finds average private school fees are now 92 per cent higher than state funding

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
School Leadership

NAHT wants more support to ease heads’ workload

Leaders' union will debate conference motion to investigate how to better support workloads

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
Politics

Zahawi to ‘tackle innumeracy and illiteracy’ with white paper next year

The education secretary addressed the Conservative Party conference

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Politics

Zahawi appoints former head Mark Lehain as policy adviser

Former director of the New Schools Network and Parents and Teachers for Excellence joins DfE team

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter