Interesting News Stories

Recent Interesting News Stories

What Changes Will your School be Making to Improve This Year?:

Greening: Treasury sees education as cost not investment:

DFE caught adding tuition fees to school funding claims:

HMCI commentary: curriculum and the new education inspection framework:

The day my husband was suspended from headship:

Lord Agnew resigns as Inspiration Trust director:

The exclusion of an autistic boy after he hit a teaching assistant with a ruler, punched her and pulled her hair, was ‘unlawful’. School exclusion of autistic boy unlawful, judge rules
Exclusive: Sharp rise in DfE and Ofsted tension over new inspection plans:
A Level Results 2018 :

How many more to come out of the woodwork?:

English schools are broken. Only radical action will fix them. Melissa Benn:

Grammar schools: Thousands of new places created:

It’s worse than Carillion: our outsourced schools are leaving parents frozen out | Aditya Chakrabortty

There will be food and fun for 30,000 children – but campaigners warn much more needs to be done: School holiday hunger cash a ‘great first step’
There is a “Wild West” approach to the education provided for pupils who have been excluded, MPs say.: Excluded pupils ‘abandoned by schools’
The IGCSE: if it’s good enough for Eton, why not for our local schools? | Fiona Millar:

DfE costs, spend and value for money

DfE running costs

Tragedy of our lost boys: IAIN DUNCAN SMITH says it’s time we rescued the deprived ethnic group that’s stayed under the radar… poor white lads:

School Inspection Judgements Vs. Teacher Turnover:

‘Councils beat academy trusts at boosting failing schools’:

Gibb: Grammar schools can’t use condition improvement fund to expand: 

Drop ‘misleading’ school statistic, government told: A former minister disputes the claim that 1.9 million more pupils are now in good or outstanding schools.
Warnings over teacher recruitment and retention crisis:

A secondary school offers parents the chance to take their children out of school for a week in July 2019: School offers children week off in term time

Emotional impact on children as young as six is a “price too high” says a primary school head teacher: National tests bordering on ‘child abuse’ claims head

The equivalent of more than 7,000 full-time teachers left the profession last year: Teacher numbers at lowest since 2013, official figures show

Pay cut for ‘fat cat’ academy chiefs earning more than the Prime Minister:
Off-rolling: using data to see a fuller picture:

A secondary school offers parents the chance to take their children out of school for a week in July 2019:
School offers children week off in term time

Ofsted chief says poor white communities lack ‘aspiration and drive’

Schools in white working-class areas can face multiple problems, says Ofsted’s chief inspector.

Who’s Left 2018, part two: What impact would reweighting school league tables have for multi-academy trusts?:

Sharp rise in missing pupils fuels ‘off-rolling’ fears:

Ofsted chief inspector backs ban on phones in schools:  Amanda Spielman also says she supports punishments such as lines, litter-picking and detention


Private schools ‘abuse charity status’ by giving discounts to richer families:

‘Why I don’t want my child to be an apprentice’:

Oh! What a tangled web we weave…

Sir David Carter: Attainment gap is the ‘civil rights challenge’ of our time

Evidence not rhetoric

The inevitable consequence of the lack of funding, restricted curriculum and a draconian accountability system.

The unintended consequences of Government

‘Unjustifiably high salaries’ paid by some academies

MPs highlight 102 academy trusts in England that pay some trustees over £150,000 a year.
Another free school closing at what cost?
The government is criticised for giving taxpayers’ money to a training provider accused of failing.

Getting the basics right –

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St Olave’s Grammar School row head resigns:

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Minister tells small MATs: ‘Team up to grow’

Academy governors in dereliction of duty:

 Why we no longer need Ofsted’s gold star:

Fast-track teaching scheme condemned by academics | HeraldScotland :

Headteacher board elections: the results

EXCLUSIVE: Grey Coat school apologises for donation ‘confusion’:

Nick Gibb: Policymakers ‘put too much pressure on heads to pass floor standards’ :

What Theresa May had to say about schools in her Conservative Party conference speech:

Weekend read: Is growth mindset the new learning styles?:

Disadvantaged pupils learning watered-down curriculum, says Ofsted:

National Audit Office – retaining and developing the teaching workforce

School cutbacks put ‘education system at risk’

Head teachers say government required savings risk destabilising education.

Sats tests: Exam results ‘manipulated for political agenda’

Head teachers express concerns that exam results can be manipulated by politicians and their agencies.

Only 15% of pupils from the poorest 30% of homes in England attend an outstanding primary, says study. (BBC) –

Pupils are struggling with the pressure of a new grading scheme for GCSEs, a teacher union says. (BBC) –

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Why is Ofsted ignoring these disappearing students?  What category do these students fall into SEN, FSM, Disadvantaged, Learning Difficulties etc?

Top state schools ‘dominated by richest families’ –

There’s no such thing as ‘British values’ – Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland all teach different things.  Sir Tim Brighouse. 1 March 2017 –

Association of Secondary Headteachers Essex