• Coronavirus: 50% oppose back-to-school plans as trust in government slumps

    The government’s plan for the wider reopening of schools from today is opposed by half of Britons, a new survey shows. It comes as headteachers estimate between 40 to 70 per cent of eligible pupils have returned to school today, while education secretary Gavin Williamson told schools there is “no reason” why they shouldn’t take

    17.36 Jun. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Borrow teachers from other schools or use TAs to address shortages, schools told

    Schools should use teachers from other schools or “experienced” teaching assistants if they don’t have enough staff to teach returning pupils from June 1, new Department for Education guidance states. The DfE has this evening published a “planning guide for primary schools”, which sets out a step-by-step approach to reopening schools. The DfE claims it

    19.22 May. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Arts-focused teacher development fund open for applications

    Schools can benefit from up to £150,000 in grant funding to boost arts-based teaching through partnerships with cultural organisations using the Teacher Development Fund. The fund, run by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant-making organisation, is accepting applications from schools until March 23. Applications that support disadvantaged pupils and show potential for effective collaboration

    5.00 Feb. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Primary schools are being asked to trial lessons in identifying 'fake news'

    The battle against fake news is about to make its way into classrooms, as primary schools are sought for a pilot scheme to teach children how to critically analyse online information. The News Wise programme wants to see “news literacy” included in the school curriculum, beginning with pilots to teach children in years five and

    0.01 Jan. 12th, 2018 | News

  • A solid primary curriculum is essential for GCSE success - but what does that look like?

    The expanded GCSEs may seem tough, but once pupils have been through the new primary curriculum, they will be much more accessible, writes Tim Oates We have new, demanding GCSEs at 16. Combined with all the other stresses in the system, it’s clear that our schools are feeling the pressure. However, I’m confident that, supported

    5.00 Dec. 11th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Exodus of children in care from London - but why?

    An exodus of looked-after children from the capital could be driving down the achievement rates in other parts of the country, a new Schools Week analysis has found. The number of primary-aged children in care nationally has risen 21 per cent since 2011, but during the same period numbers in London dropped by 16 per

    5.00 May. 19th, 2017 | News

  • School cancels Friday afternoon classes to run scouts club

    A Surrey primary school has cancelled Friday afternoon lessons in favour of running a scouts club, using school funds to cover the Scout Association’s yearly membership fees. Weyfield academy, a member of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), is one of the first primary schools to become an official scouting school – which means activities such

    5.00 Mar. 4th, 2017 | News

  • More multi-academy trusts naming their own feeder primaries

    Multi-academy leaders are more frequently naming primary schools within their trust as feeder schools for their secondaries, despite little evidence of any strong “links”. In its annual report, the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) said pupils attending a primary school in a multi-academy trust were given priority at that trust’s secondary schools, sometimes at

    5.00 Feb. 5th, 2017 | News

  • School tells staff to switch off 'non-essential' lights to save money

    A school has told staff to “switch off non-essential” lights – even when pupils are in school – to save money. A primary school in the north of England wants the lights in corridors and halls to stay off during the school day, according to a member of staff who wished to remain anonymous. They

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2017 | News

  • Government abandons year 3 phonics check after trial prompts workload concerns

    The government will not extend its phonics screening check re-takes to year three pupils after a trial run prompted concerns from teachers. Officials told Schools Week that a check for eight-year-olds will not be rolled out to all primaries following a pilot in which saw 51 per cent of pupils achieve the government’s ‘expected standard’. Pupils

    11.06 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Dangerous drivers prompt body cameras for school-duty staff

    More headteachers are opting to arm school crossing patrol officers with body cameras to clamp down on dangerous driving during the school run. Harlands primary school in west Sussex last week became the latest school to allow their patrol officer to record incidents and capture evidence of abuse. The decision followed a six-week pilot at

    5.00 Jan. 21st, 2017 | News