• New headsets monitor pupils' brain waves to track concentration

    English universities are interested in researching controversial headsets that claim to monitor if pupils are concentrating in class, say the products’ developers. BrainCo, an American company, says its $350 (£266) headsets called Focus 1, can help teachers to identify pupils who need extra help, with data presented on a dashboard that shows the “average” brain

    5.00 Feb. 1st, 2019 | News

  • UTC becomes first school with cameras in every classroom

    A university technical college in Birmingham has become the first school in the country to install always-on, 360-degree cameras in all of its 28 classrooms. Aston University Engineering Academy, which caters to just over 600 14- to 19-year-olds, officially launched the video equipment at an event at the UTC on July 18. AUEA has been

    5.00 Jul. 20th, 2018 | News

  • How can schools better support young parents?

    The government recently announced they will be collecting data on pregnant pupils transferred from mainstream to alternative schools from next September. What they do with this data is crucial. New research from Action for Children shows that young people who have become parents by the age of 25 are less likely to have moved into

    5.00 Nov. 7th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 50 years before we have an equitable school system

    We’re making slow progress in closing the attainment gap, claims the Education Policy Institute’s Jo Hutchinson, because the picture is far more complex than you’d think The gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has been entrenched in our education system for generations. These gaps become evident in the early years and grow

    11.30 Aug. 8th, 2017 | Opinion

  • How should we define 'disadvantaged' pupils?

    Separating pupils into those who qualify for free schools meals and those who don’t does little to highlight the more nuanced and complex picture in relation to attainment outcomes for different pupils, says Sameena Choudry. The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) research Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility, carried out in partnership with LKMCo and Education Datalab

    5.00 Jan. 22nd, 2017 | Opinion

  • 'Refuse, retract, resist' school nationality data collection

    Parents can choose not to be complicit in building border controls in our playgrounds – and so can schools, says Martha Spurrier. The spring school census started this week. For the second time this academic year, parents and guardians have been asked to share their children’s nationalities and countries of birth with the state –

    15.21 Jan. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • DfE had agreement to share pupil nationality data with Home Office

    The Department for Education (DfE) did have an agreement in place to share pupil nationality data with the Home Office for immigration purposes, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. However, documents finally seen by the paper after a several month freedom of information battle, show the policy has been overturned and no nationality information about any pupil

    15.57 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Primary school key stage 2 performance tables: 8 key progress findings

    Pupils in primary schools across the country vary in their progress – under the government’s new value-added measure – in some kinds of schools than others, government data released today shows. Those in faith schools perform marginally better, with Jewish schools leading the way, than pupils in non-religious schools on average. Pupils in sponsored and

    9.45 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • PISA 2015: Achievement gap between top and bottom pupils equivalent to 8 years' schooling

    The gap in achievement between 15-year-old pupils in England in key subjects is one of the largest and most unequal among developed countries, a release of international test data showed. But a government report on the results of the tests taken last year by over 5,000 pupils across the country, plays down the importance of

    10.00 Dec. 6th, 2016 | News

  • Wilshaw: I would have refused pupil immigration checks as head

    The collection of pupil nationality and country of birth data by schools is a “daft idea”, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said, indicating that he would have refused to carry out immigration checks on pupils when he was a headteacher. The outgoing chief inspector of Ofsted gave his view on recent disclosures that Theresa May wanted teachers to

    13.17 Dec. 1st, 2016 | News

  • Based on data, I believed I would never succeed

    Data can inform starting points but should never be used to cap expectations of learners, says Jaz Ampaw-Farr. “Based on data, I believed I would never succeed.” As a child my trajectory was pretty bleak. On paper I was a disadvantaged, female, looked-after child on free school meals with an ethnic background of “other (please

    5.00 Nov. 27th, 2016 | Opinion