• Revealed: How 'vital’ rural schools are fighting to survive

    Rural schools are fighting for their lives as new figures show they made up 40 per cent of school closures in the past decade, up from 20 per cent in the decade before. Since January 1 2000, 654 schools have closed without being replaced, 183 of them in rural areas, according to data from the

    5.00 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Government gets tough on schools shortening weeks

    The Department for Education (DfE) has been accused of having a “lack of understanding” of the financial pressures schools are facing after lambasting heads for shortening school weeks. The DfE said last week that it was “unacceptable” for schools to reduce their weeks after Fulbourn Primary School, in Cambridgeshire, announced the move to make “significant

    13.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Ministers still relying on 'misleading' record funding claims

    Senior government ministers, including the prime minister, keep peddling the “misleading” line that “more money than ever before” is going to schools, despite mounting condemnation from the statistics watchdog. Theresa May, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, and Nick Gibb, the schools minister, are all repeat offenders, continuing to boast about the “record” levels of funding

    15.00 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Heads 'not scared' of industrial action over funding, says union leader

    Headteachers are “not scared” of taking industrial action over school funding, says the head of the country’s largest school leaders’ union, as members prepare to vote on the direction of their campaign. The annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers will begin in Telford today, with delegates set to hear from Damian Hinds,

    0.11 May. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Limit pupils' lunch portions to save money, say Agnew's cost-cutting advisers

    Lord Agnew’s cost-cutting consultants told a school to replace experienced teachers with support staff on term-time contracts, while another was urged to limit lunch portions for pupils. Secret reports seen by Schools Week reveal other tips from the “school resource management advisers” include saving money on supply teachers by instead using spare staff to cover

    22.00 Mar. 28th, 2019 | News

  • More schools could be forced to cut teaching hours, union warns

    More headteachers will be forced to cut the length of the school day if the government doesn’t address the current funding crisis, says the head of the Association of School and College Leaders. Geoff Barton’s warning comes as a Schools Week analysis finds that 26 schools, most of them in Birmingham, have made or are

    5.00 Mar. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Teacher supply and school funding on the agenda for new Social Mobility Commission team

    The rejuvenated Social Mobility Commission will investigate school funding issues and the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, its new chair has said. Dame Martina Milburn pledged to “change things” as she introduced 12 new commissioners and announced £2 million of additional government research funding at a re-launch event at a central London college this week.

    15.33 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Councils urged to claw back cash as 'excess' school surpluses top £500m

    Councils are being urged to claw back cash from schools holding “excess” surpluses – as new figures show the total amount stored away by cash-rich schools was nearly £600 million. Department for Education figures published on Thursday show a worsening financial position for council-maintained schools – with more than three in ten secondary schools now

    7.00 Dec. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Top-rated schools and grammars pocket the most in parental donations

    ‘Outstanding’-rated schools raise almost twice as much money through parental donations as those rated ‘inadequate’, while grammar schools pick up five times more than their non-selective neighbours, it has been revealed. New figures lay bare the stark discrepancies between how much state schools can raise from parent donations to pay for essentials, including new equipment

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Investigation: SEND funding crisis pits parents and schools against councils

    Council bosses say pressure on their SEND budgets leaves them at risk of not being able to deliver core services – which would result in the government imposing emergency spending controls. Dave Hill, executive director of children, families and learning at Surrey County Council, this week told the education select committee that councils have been

    7.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Hammond’s ‘little extras’ may not go directly to schools

    Academy trusts will be able to pool the money their schools are awarded from the £400 million “little extras” pot and dish it out as they deem appropriate, Schools Week understands. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, pledged the in-year bonus during last week’s budget, suggesting the money could be spent on computers or whiteboards. He said

    7.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News