• The DfE's repeated misuse of statistics is embarrassing

    The Department for Education needs to start using statistics properly, or much of its evidence will simply be dismissed as untrustworthy, says Hetan Shah “I am writing to raise with you serious concerns about the DfE’s presentation and use of statistics”, starts the letter from Sir David Norgrove, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), to

    14.13 Oct. 8th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What are the routes to opening new VA schools?

    To open a new school three things are needed: a proposer, permission, and capital funding, explains Simon Foulkes The government announced this month that it “will develop a scheme to help create new voluntary-aided (VA) schools for faith and other providers to meet local demand, supported by capital funding. The VA route already allows for

    5.00 May. 21st, 2018 | Opinion

  • Which local authorities got flexibility on high needs funding?

    In a move allowing certain local authorities greater control over special-needs funding, the education secretary has lavished Conservative-run councils with more flexibility. Councils are no longer able to freely move money from general schools funding to cover spikes in demand for higher-needs funding, which is used to pay for special needs places and excluded pupils.

    7.00 Apr. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Northants council plunders £9m from school improvement fund

    A bankrupt county council siphoned off £9 million meant for school improvements in a desperate bid to prop up its depleted reserves, it has been revealed. Northamptonshire county council hit the headlines in February after its bank balance plummeted so low that it was forced to bring in what’s called a Section 114 notice, banning

    7.00 Apr. 21st, 2018 | 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

  • 16 to 18-year-olds need funding too!

    If 16-to-18 participation is “compulsory” then it should be funded at the same level as other compulsory phases, argues John Widdowson Ten years ago, Alan Johnson MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Science, announced that all young people should be obliged to remain in education, an apprenticeship or employment with training until their

    15.00 Feb. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Revealed: Failing schools that received emergency cash

    An emergency government funding pot for schools “in danger of imminent failure” handed out £2.6 million to 29 schools in the past year, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. But it hasn’t always helped: one school is in the process of closing down despite three separate handouts worth over £400,000 in total. The emergency fund was

    5.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | News

  • School support staff have borne the brunt of funding cuts

    Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers attended the school cuts lobby of Parliament on Tuesday, to bring the message to MPs that 88% of our schools are seriously underfunded. The fantasy that emanates from the Government that there are huge efficiency savings still to be made, and that it is

    5.00 Oct. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Why we're marching on Westminster for school funding

    At the moment schools don’t have enough money. It’s as simple as that. That’s why NAHT, the school leaders’ union and others like UNISON, NEU and UNITE are heading up to Westminster on Tuesday. And we won’t be alone. Many school governors, parents, carers and teachers will join us. The desire to make sure every

    18.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • £1.3bn more for school funding is not nearly enough

    English schools need much more than a paltry £1.3 billion in extra funding taken from elsewhere, says Gillian Allcroft Sorry to be churlish, but £1.3 billion more for school funding is not nearly enough. Yes, I know, there are lots of other deserving causes, but our children are our future and if we cannot provide

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • How and when money matters in education

    We shouldn’t just throw money at the system, says Luke Sibieta; we have to use it smartly. School funding was a source of much controversy during the recent general election campaign, and the Department for Education changed its spending plans soon afterwards, to enable a freeze in school spending per pupil in England between 2017

    19.00 Oct. 11th, 2017 | Opinion