• Ministers lobby for change in UTC admission age
    The government is lobbying those in charge of controversial university technical colleges to move away from recruitment at 14, the academies minister has revealed. Lord Agnew told the House of Lords today that he is “trying to encourage” Lord Baker, the founder of the UTC movement to “adjust the entry ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Former Perry Beeches ‘superhead’ Liam Nolan to face misconduct hearing
    The former chief executive of the collapsed Perry Beeches academy trust has been hauled before a teacher misconduct panel. The Department for Education today published an updated list of teachers due to face a professional conduct panel. It includes Liam Nolan, the former superhead of Birmingham-based Perry Beeches Academy Trust. ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Ofsted backs education committee’s call for new ‘inclusion measure’
    Ofsted has thrown its weight behind the parliamentary education committee’s call for a new “inclusion measure” that would incentivise schools to keep troubled pupils on their books. In its ‘Forgotten Children’ report in July, the cross-party committee said schools should be made accountable for the children they exclude. The number of ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Doubts over DfE’s new pupil data sharing policy
    The capacity of the Office for National Statistics to meet a deluge of applications for national pupil database information has been questioned following a shake-up of the Department for Education’s data sharing practices. Most organisations will now have to register with the ONS before they can request information from the ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Emphasis of Ofsted inspection to shift from classroom
    The emphasis of Ofsted inspections will “shift up the management structure”, but lesson observations will continue because teachers want them, Amanda Spielman has said. The chief inspector of schools told Schools Week that although she wasn’t pledging “in absolute terms” that inspectors will spend less time in lessons, schools should ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Chinese-backed firm buys United Learning private school
    A United Learning private school has been sold to a Chinese-backed international schools’ group to become its flagship school in the UK. Bournemouth Collegiate School, which charges up to £30,000 for a full boarder, has been sold to Bright Scholar – the largest operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-14
  • First off-campus teacher training route opens for undergraduates
    The first teacher training route in which students get a degree without leaving the school site will encourage more teaching assistants and career changers into the profession, claim sector experts. Eight undergraduates have started a three-year ITT course in which they gain a BA Hons in primary and early education, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-14
  • Hinds: ‘I’m happy with system of multiple exam boards’
    Damian Hinds has insisted he is “happy” with England’s system of using multiple exam boards for GCSEs and A-levels, putting to bed years of speculation about the future of the market. The education secretary, who as a backbench MP questioned the logic of having more than one exam board, told ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-13
  • Unions back shadow minister’s food insecurity bill
    School leaders have backed an attempt to force the government to collect data on food security, which will hand schools more clout in their fight against holiday hunger. Emma Lewell-Buck, the shadow children’s minister, already has the support of more than 150 MPs from across the political divide for her ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-13
  • Hannah Wilson’s top blogs of the week 8 Oct 2018
    As this is my inaugural review of the week’s blogs I am going to focus on new voices. We held our 4th #WomenEd Unconference this weekend and challenged our community to be #10%braver. We already have several who have risen to the challenge, and I would like to do shout ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-13
  • Academy trust chair embroiled in police probe resigns
    The co-founder of Aspire Achieve Advance has resigned from his position as chair of an academy trust, after the government referred his giant training provider to the police. Schools Week revealed last night that Peter Marples had the backing of the Spencer Academies Trust, even though his training provider firm ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-12
  • NASUWT staff to strike over pensions cut
    Staff working for the NASUWT teachers’ union will go on strike later this month following a dispute over pensions, Schools Week understands. Members of the GMB union who work at NASUWT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, a document seen by Schools Week shows. The months-long dispute is ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-12
  • Ofsted accused of ‘conflicting signals’ over Barnsley school exclusions
    Ofsted has been branded “contradictory” by school leaders after inspectors praised the strict behaviour policies of a school responsible for almost 40 per cent of temporary exclusions across a whole local authority. The Outwood Academy Shafton, in Barnsley, temporarily excluded nearly a quarter of its pupils last year, totalling almost ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-12
  • Doomed Schools Company Trust paid £4k for ‘disturbing’ workshop from Oscar Pistorius’ aunt
    A failed multi-academy trust which ran three pupil referral units (PRUs) into the ground spent £4,000 to bring the psychologist aunt of Oscar Pistorius from South Africa for a staff training day. Former leaders at Schools Company Trust, due to close down with a deficit in the region of £8 ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-12
  • Inclusive schools ‘clobbered’ after DfE tightens guidance on pupil removals
    A school that took in two mentally ill pupils from a nearby school before their GCSEs has been held accountable for their exam results as the government toughens up on removing pupils’ league table scores. The Department for Education also rejected requests from the school to remove from performance data ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-10-12