• One in five schools shun May's mental health scheme

    One in five secondary schools did not take part in a flagship government-funded scheme to train staff as mental health first-aiders. In 2017, Theresa May launched an initiative to offer mental health awareness training to every secondary school over the next three years to “make a real difference to children’s lives”. What is most needed

    17.00 Nov. 6th, 2020 | 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

  • Will the Conservatives really remove the faith school 50% cap?

    With no mention in the Queen’s speech, and its chief architect Nick Timothy no longer in post, the Government’s plan to remove the faith school admissions cap might, just might be dead in the water, argues Andrew Copson In September last year, Theresa May announced plans to remove the limits on religious selection at new

    16.45 Jun. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Less rhetoric, more funding for schools, please

    The Conservative manifesto talks about governing from the mainstream, but its education policies hardly match the rhetoric, claims Kiran Gill I recently wrote an assessment of Labour’s manifesto policies on education, and one of my marking criteria was on how well the party could shift the “narrative” of education. By narrative, I mean the stories

    17.00 May. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Snap General Election 2017: 5 key things schools need to know

    Theresa May has called a snap election on June 8th this year,  stating it was required to “guarantee certainty and security for years ahead”. She previously said a snap general election was not something she wanted, but said this morning that division in Westminster “will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”. So

    11.59 Apr. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Heads say 'no' to Theresa May's grammar 'conversion' consultation

    Two schools on prime minister Theresa May’s doorstep will shun any opportunity to convert to grammars, claiming it would put “high quality education available to all students at risk”. The Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council – which covers May’s constituency – asked for its secondary schools’ views on introducing partial or full selection.

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Mental health first aid 'inadequate' in face of referral delays

    The government will train a member of staff in every secondary school to identify mental health problems in pupils, but schools won’t get additional funding to treat or refer children. Theresa May has announced plans to deliver mental health “first aid” training to a staff member in every secondary school in England by 2020, but

    17.00 Jan. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Investigation: Who should we believe on data?

    After months of covering stories on new rules requiring schools to collect information on pupils’ nationality and limits on researcher freedoms, new information came to light last week providing new perspective.   Reporters John Dickens and Freddie Whittaker investigate. Two-day research embargo: where are we now? The government justified a new diktat ordering education academics

    5.00 Dec. 9th, 2016 | News

  • Did Theresa May mislead parliament on grammars?

    Prime minister Theresa May has been accused of misleading MPs by “over-spinning” an independent research report that she claimed had said reintroducing grammar schools would be “potentially transformative”. May used a report, commissioned by the Labour-run Knowsley borough council, to rebut concerns raised by former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell that the government’s focus on

    0.01 Dec. 9th, 2016 | News

  • Michael Gove backs grammar plan - despite previous resistance to selective school expansion

    Michael Gove has today backtracked on his historical resistance to new selective schools by saying the prime minister’s plans to expand grammars is “right” and will “spread excellence”. Speaking to the BBC’s World at One, the former education secretary appeared to whole-heartedly back Theresa May and Justine Greening’s proposals to end the ban on new grammar

    17.26 Oct. 26th, 2016 | News