• Hinds to announce wellbeing focus at ASCL conference

    Damian Hinds has commissioned his fifth advisory group since taking office – this time looking at boosting school teacher and leader wellbeing. The education secretary will tell the annual conference of school leaders’ union ASCL today the group will lead the government’s efforts to look at “how teachers and school leaders can be better supported

    0.01 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • New free school applications process reveals workload push

    The government has been accused of “unsubtly crow-barring” its need to reduce teacher workload into the new wave of free school applications. In their initial bid applicants must now demonstrate “clear and specific plans” for managing workload, an extra requirement on top of proving the area has low educational standards and needs more school places,

    7.00 Feb. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Ministers mull planning rules change to create teacher housing

    The government is considering making it easier for schools to build on-site housing for teachers. In its teacher recruitment and retention strategy, the Department for Education has pledged to explore potential changes to planning rules if it identifies enough demand for teacher housing projects. At the same time, LocatEd, the DfE’s property arm, is in

    5.00 Feb. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • 'It will have a long-lasting impact' - Damian Hinds reflects on his new strategy

    Following the most important announcement of Damian Hinds’s political career to date, Schools Week accompanied the education secretary on a school visit in Kent to hear more about his lauded recruitment and retention strategy. A wide-ranging plan to tackle the growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention will have a “long-lasting” impact, the education secretary

    5.00 Feb. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Recruitment and retention strategy pledges £130m for new teacher induction

    The education secretary has finally unveiled his teacher recruitment and retention strategy, pledging a £130 million reduced timetable and two-year training package for new teachers and an end to onerous floor and coasting schools standards. The strategy, which builds on a number of announcements made by Damian Hinds last year, will be published today, more

    0.01 Jan. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Private school caps value of Christmas gifts for teachers

    A prestigious private girls’ school has written to parents urging them to cap the value of Christmas gifts for teachers to avoid “awkward” situations. St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which charges £16,470 a year, has warned parents that its policy on giving and receiving gifts sets out a “number of restrictions”

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Data helps us intervene early, says academy trust

    Trusts are concerned that a new government diktat to pull back from data collection will stop them making rapid interventions for struggling pupils. The Department for Education this week pledged to cut out unnecessary workload so teachers could “devote their energies to teaching”. It followed several recommendations in a Workload Advisory Group report, which were

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2018 | News

  • New jobs board website offers teachers way out of profession

    A jobs website set up to help disaffected teachers find work in other industries has been labelled “an indictment of how bad things have become”. Did Teach is a jobs board website that wants to become a “huge portal” for finding jobs that suit the skillset of teachers seeking alternative work. Modelled on similar services

    7.00 Nov. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Most locked-out trainee teachers have failed their QTS skills test resits

    Just six per cent of would-be trainee teachers locked out of the pre-qualifying test for their courses under old government rules have applied to take the tests again since the rule limiting resits was lifted, according to exclusive new figures seen by Schools Week. What’s more, the majority of formerly locked-out candidates who have repeated

    5.00 Apr. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers are 'happy with pay' despite real-terms drop

    Most teachers remain happy with their income, despite a real-terms drop in pay and longer working hours in recent years, new research has found. A new report by the National Foundation for Educational Research found 79 per cent of teachers said they were satisfied with their income in 2015-16, even though teachers’ average hourly pay has

    0.01 Mar. 20th, 2018 | News