• NHS funding settlement poses ‘quite severe challenges’ for the DfE
    The government’s pledge to pump an extra £20 billion into the NHS will put pressure on the Department for Education, MPs were warned today. Luke Sibieta, from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, told the parliamentary education committee that the policy announcement “poses quite severe challenges” for the DfE and other ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-19
  • 40% of faith schools favour religious children of any denomination
    Nearly half of England’s secondary faith schools prioritise religious families – of any denomination – over the non-religious, according to new research. While the figure is 40 per cent overall, Catholic state secondary schools are the worst offenders. In a survey of admissions policies at 637 faith schools, Humanists UK ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-19
  • EPI: ‘Let councils take schools back from failing MATs’
    The best local authorities should be allowed to take schools back from underperforming multi-academy trusts, according to a leading think-tank. Academies do not perform better than maintained schools, and the government must find a better way to handle poor performance, the Education Policy Institute’s latest report has found. The EPI ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-19
  • EPI report: Academies are no better than LA schools, and 7 other important findings
    There is no difference in the performance of multi-academy trusts and groups of local authority schools, a new report from the Education Policy Institute has found. The report, which compared school performance and pupil improvement at every trust and local authority in England at both key stage two and four, makes ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-19
  • EPI report: Best and worst-performing academy trusts and LAs revealed
    Academy trusts are “disproportionately represented” among the lowest-performing primary schools groups, according to new research by the Education Policy Institute. The EPI compared school performance and pupil improvement at every academy trust and local authority in England. The research, which looked at performance at key stages two and four, took into ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-19
  • Two more schools to offer T-levels from 2020
    The Department for Education has revealed the names of two more schools that will deliver its new technical qualifications. These are George Abbot School, a secondary school in Surrey that is part of the Guildford Education Partnership, and Priestley College, a 16-to-19 academy that belongs to The Challenge Academy Trust, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Hinds challenged over ‘dangerously inadequate’ SEND funding
    A coalition of trade unions and 39 local authorities have written to the education secretary to warn of “dangerously inadequate funding” for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition was first formed in November 2016 and now includes NEU, NAHT, ASCL, Unison, GMB and Unite. In a ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-18
  • Harry Fletcher-Wood’s top blogs of the week 11 June 2018
    Our blog reviewer of the week is Harry Fletcher-Wood, an associate dean at the Institute for Teaching The trolls under the bridge: Leadership resilience @TheHopefulHT, Hannah Wilson hit the front pages over half term when an angry parent’s complaint to a local newspaper reached the national press, and then the trolls. ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-17
  • Council steps in to save 24-pupil special school
    A local authority has prevented an academy for high-needs pupils from closing, saving them from a 45-mile journey to their new school. Unity Academy – Fenland in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire will now be moved to another site in the town as part of a development which will also house a new ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-17
  • International schools plan to recruit more UK teachers
    Tens of thousands more teachers will move into overseas jobs during the coming decade as international schools seek to boost the number of staff they recruit from the UK. International schools plan to hire an additional 145,000 teachers from the British isles, according to ISC Research. This would more than ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-16
  • International schools to recruit more UK teachers
    Tens of thousands more teachers will move into overseas jobs during the coming decade as international schools seek to boost the number of staff they recruit from the UK. International schools plan to hire an additional 145,000 teachers from the British isles, according to ISC Research. This would more than ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-16
  • Expand alternative provision to years 12 and 13, says education committee chair
    High-quality alternative provision for vulnerable pupils in years 12 and 13 is too scarce and should be expanded, the chair of the education select committee has said. Robert Halfon told delegates at alternative provision academy trust TBAP’s annual conference that he was “shocked” by how little post-16 alternative provision there ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-16
  • Forget the 11-plus. Is a world without selection at 18 possible?
    In a warm marquee tent on Wednesday, I was one of four people debating a motion: “Academic selection is wrong at 11, and it is still wrong at 18.” Having spent the past two years debating the considerable evidence against grammar schools, my arguments on the first part of ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-15
  • Academy trust bosses’ New Zealand trip questioned by the ESFA
    A review of financial management and governance at the London-based Silver Birch Academy Trust has revealed serious failings, including a trip to the other side of the world for senior leaders that cost almost twice as much as the going rat. The trust, which runs four primary schools in Walthamstow, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-15
  • Why every school needs to learn how to handle ‘conduct disorder’
    Schools have ineffective behaviour management strategies because they want a “quick fix” to a common disorder but don’t understand the neurology behind it. Some teachers don’t know how to manage “conduct disorder” – a mental condition which causes disruptive and sometimes violent behaviour in pupils – because they don’t know ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2018-06-15