Exams

Minister rejects return of key stage 3 SATs, but mulls ‘internal’ tests to boost literacy

Robin Walker ‘not sure’ that more exams are the answer to progress issues

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

Schools told to hike contributions to boost repairs grant bids

Schools must double their contributions to score top marks in CIF bids

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

‘Not a race’ for all schools to join MATs, says Herrington

Dominic Herrington's comments come amid predictions all schools will convert by 2030, and warnings of resistance from maintained and...

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
SATs

Year 6 SATs don’t make children unhappy, says study

Researcher says findings counter 'conventional narratives', but critics question research based on 2012 data

John Dickens
John Dickens
News

Bailed-out academy boss set for £150k payout, despite £1.1m budget hole

A single academy trust facing closure has set aside a £150,000 payout for its chief executive, despite reporting a...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Academy transfers fall to four-year low during pandemic

 The government has spent £38.8 million moving academies between trusts since 2014, official figures show, but transfers fell to...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Downsizing trust ‘failed to balance books quickly enough’

The Department for Education has slapped strict spending controls on an academy trust accused of failing to balance its...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger