• Holland Park school spent £15k on Farrow & Ball paint and £6k on Jo Malone candles
    A state school is facing potential government action after a Schools Week investigation unearthed thousands of pounds have been lavished on designer candles, luxury paint and furnishings from a bespoke interior design store. Holland Park School, dubbed the “socialist Eton” and based in Kensington, west London, spent almost £15,000 on ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-22
  • School absence fines soar by 74% after Supreme Court term-time holiday ruling
    The number of penalty notices handed out by councils for poor attendance has soared by 74 per cent in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court case, the Department for Education has revealed. New data shows councils handed out 260,000 fines for poor attendance in 2017-18, compared to just 149,300 ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-21
  • School absence rates continue to rise
    The rate of absence from English schools continued to rise in 2017-18, new government data shows. According to the Department for Education, the rate of unauthorised absences from schools rose from 1.3 per cent in 2016-17 to 1.4 per cent last year, the highest level since records began. The rate ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-21
  • E-ACT chief executive David Moran to stand down
    The chief executive of one of England’s most high-profile academy chains is to step down after six years at the helm. David Moran will leave E-ACT at the end of August following what trustees described as the “radical transformation” of the organisation. Jane Millward, the trust’s deputy CEO, will take ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-20
  • ‘Insufficient’ educational psychologists to ‘meet demand’ from schools, warns government report
    There are “insufficient” educational psychologists currently working and in the training pipeline to meet demand, a new report has warned. More than 90 per cent of local authority principal educational psychologists warned they are experiencing more demand for their services than they are currently able to meet, with two thirds ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Inspiration boss Rachel de Souza urges heads: ‘Do not be servants of DfE policy’
    The boss of a high-profile academy trust has urged headteachers “not to be servants of DfE policy”, or take no for an answer from civil servants over issues such as extra funding. Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, told heads in Cumbria to “learn political skills” to ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Parkfield School and No Outsiders: We must learn from Trojan Horse history in Birmingham
    No Outsiders and in particular the teaching of LGBT issues must continue, if we want to protect the values that are enshrined in British law, says Colin Diamond Word spread quickly on social media last week that Parkfield Community School in Birmingham had suspended the teaching of No Outsiders lessons ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Buckinghamshire school support company goes into liquidation
    A company which provided school improvement, governor support and other services to hundreds of schools in Buckinghamshire is to go into liquidation, citing changes to national education policy. Trustees of Buckinghamshire Learning Trust have confirmed that the company, formed in 2013 to run certain services outsourced by Buckinghamshire County Council, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Small ‘good’ schools may get exemption from longer inspections
    The country’s smallest ‘good’-rated primary schools may avoid having new two-day inspections under Ofsted’s proposed inspection framework, one of the watchdog’s directors has said. Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s deputy director for schools, admitted today that the proposal to extend so-called “short inspections” of ‘good’ schools to two days was a “big ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Ofsted director brands legal challenges ‘colossal waste of money’, tells schools to ‘bring it on’
    Legal challenges by schools over Ofsted judgments are often a “colossal waste of taxpayers’ money”, a senior inspector has said, telling schools to “bring it on”. Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s deputy director for schools, told an event in London today his organisation has “very consciously tried to make sure everything’s judged ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Government consults on plans to withdraw funding for BTECs
    The government is considering withdrawing funding for BTECs and other qualifications that “overlap” with A-levels, Damian Hinds has announced. The education secretary has today launched a review of vocational qualifications at level 3 and below, including applied general qualifications, tech levels and technical certificates. Academic qualifications like A-levels and GCSEs ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Ten things schools can do to address the climate crisis
    With a debate raging about whether pupils are taught enough about climate change at school, Fiona Carnie offers some simple suggestions of steps schools can take to address the issues for themselves “There is no Planet B” is a regular refrain heard on the now weekly school climate strikes across ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Two-fifths of schools have buckets catching drips from leaky roofs
    Two in five teachers work in schools that have buckets set up to catch drips when it rains, it has been revealed. A survey of almost 3,500 teachers by Teacher Tapp also found that over a quarter do not believe their schools are in a good state of repair. Forty-one ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Microsoft researcher to head up new National Centre for Computing Education
    A Microsoft researcher who also chairs the group behind the controversial master computing teachers programme has been put in charge of the government’s £84 million new computing education centre. Professor Simon Peyton Jones will chair the National Centre for Computing Education, the Department for Education has announced today. Alongside his ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Inspectors must declare all consultancy work after rule change
    Ofsted has tightened its conflicts of interest rules, with inspectors now forced to declare all of their previous and future consultancy work. The inspectorate said it updated the guidance, published on Monday, to “clarify any ambiguity” around its expectations for inspectors. Under the new rules, inspectors must declare all previous ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-03-18