• New Ofsted inspection framework: What’s changing for schools?
    A series of changes to Ofsted inspections is due to be set out later today by the watchdog in its new draft inspection framework. The document is the first new rulebook for inspectors issued since 2015, and if approved, will form the basis of all inspections of schools and other ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Educational psychologists forced to identify pupils’ needs ‘in one visit’, MPs told
    Educational psychologists are being forced to identify the special educational needs of pupils “in one visit” due to lack of funding, resulting in children being given the wrong diagnoses and schools having to pick up the pieces. Dr Cath Lowther, educational psychologist, told the parliamentary education committee this morning that ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Ofqual: No more leniency for higher tier GCSE grade boundaries
    Ofqual has told teachers to think carefully about which tier they enter pupils for in GCSE exams and warned that last year’s “exceptional” leniency around grade boundaries will no longer exist. A series of three open letters from Sally Collier (pictured), Ofqual’s chief regulator, have reiterated to schools the arrangements ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-15
  • DfE launches consultation on plans to fund schools’ £830m pension contribution hike
    The government has launched a consultation today on plans to provide extra funding to cover the estimated £830 million rise in pension contribution for state schools – although private schools will be left to foot their £110m increase. It was announced last year that the amount schools must contribute to ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Thomas Tallis – The school using inclusion to reduce exclusion
    How can schools reduce exclusions? Last year groups from the education select committee to Ofsted to the mainstream press berated schools over bad practice without offering much in the way of solutions or guidance as to what “good or promising” practice (the Department for Education’s new buzz phrase – “best ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Ofsted praises school with silent corridors and high exclusion rate
    Inspectors have praised a school which uses silent corridors and excludes a “relatively high” number of pupils, labelling its behaviour policies as “outstanding”. In a move likely to spark further division between supporters and critics of no-excuses behaviour policies, Ofsted has issued Magna Academy in Poole with a glowing report ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-14
  • One in three academy trusts reviews pay after government warning
    More than a third of academy trusts targeted by the government over CEO pay have chosen to review their policies or commit to future salary cuts for bosses. Jonathan Slater, the DfE’s permanent secretary, confirmed today that of 213 trusts that received letters asking for justification of their bosses’ pay, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-14
  • DfE appoints Kate Josephs as director of funding
    A top government academies official has been appointed as the Department for Education’s new director of funding. Kate Josephs, currently director of national operations for academies and regional delivery at the DfE, will start in the new role at the Education and Skills Funding Agency in April. She will head ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-14
  • What are the top 3 priorities for teacher recruitment in 2019?
    A focus on professional development will get us closer to where we need to be, says Emma Hollis Last year was one of great promise for those of us working in initial teacher training. At the heart of that promise was the Department for Education (DfE) consultation on strengthening qualified ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-14
  • Revealed: Only two groups bid for £4.8m languages centre cash
    Only two groups put themselves forward to run the government’s new £4.8 million “centre for excellence” to boost the stagnating take-up in modern foreign languages. The University of York, announced yesterday as the successful bidder, will oversee the work of nine lead schools to raise the quality of language teaching, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-13
  • OGAT and isolation rooms: what the data shows
    Opponents of isolation rooms claim they disproportionately punish the poorest and most vulnerable pupils. OGAT, one of the trusts under intense media scrutiny over isolation rooms, claims its strict behaviour policies are part of its “turnaround strategy” for the schools it takes over. Schools Week has data that sheds new ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-13
  • How can schools lodge a complaint against an Ofsted judgment?
    The Court of Appeal last month found in favour of Ofsted against Durand Academy’s challenge to its procedure. In the light of the court’s decision, Katie Michelon lists the steps you should consider if you want to make a complaint against the inspectorate The Court of Appeal ruled last month ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-13
  • How can schools reduce teacher sickness?
    Hands up if you were ill over Christmas and New Year? If you stayed healthy, then well done you. About half of teachers get sick during the holidays, according to our Teacher Tapp survey data, so be aware it might get you next time! Why are teachers so prone to ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Heads enticed with conference tickets to attend ‘hosted meetings’
    A major new education conference is offering free tickets and expenses of up to £750 in return for headteachers having two hours of meetings with event sponsors such as Google. Learnit conference, backed by the organisers of the established BETT education technology show, said the offer – which included tickets ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-12
  • DfE plans new funding ‘centre of excellence’ team
    The government is preparing to launch a funding “centre of excellence” that will be led by its first overall director of funding. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is expected to announce who has been given the coveted position soon. The successful candidate will be responsible for the “development, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-01-12