• Making Every Maths Lesson Count
    Are you considering mathematics teaching as a career; training to teach mathematics; a newly qualified teacher of mathematics; a teacher of mathematics with either one or many years’ experience; training/supporting teachers of mathematics? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then this fabulous book is for you and ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-23
  • What makes some schools stand out
    What we can we learn from exceptional schools, and how can they support and challenge each other to improve. Josephine Valentine unveils the findings from a Challenge Partners pilot. The key question for school improvement is what are outstanding schools doing that sets them apart, and how can we bottle ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-23
  • Dwindling roll forces inner London primary to close
    An inner London primary school is being forced to close because of a lack of pupils, prompting warnings that schools are suffering as families are driven out of the capital. The London borough of Camden and the Roman Catholic diocese of Westminster have confirmed plans to shut St Aloysius Catholic ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-22
  • A look inside the only grade 1 UTC
    If Lord Kenneth Baker could take a blueprint for the beleaguered university technical college (UTC) and multiply it across the country, it’s likely that he would choose UTC Reading. Baker, who served as education secretary under Margaret Thatcher and who has pushed the UTC model of vocational education within the ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-22
  • It’s easy. You too can be a graduate school
    A ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority will allow many more organisations to use the title “graduate school”, explains Viv Ellis. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “graduate school”? A part of a university that deals with postgraduate and research degrees? An organisation that can award ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-22
  • Julia Skinner’s top blogs of the week June 17 2019
    Here endeth the lesson? @dogpaws23   The media’s coverage of Ofsted’s latest framework and the changes it will bring has focused on the curriculum. For governors the changes could present an immediate problem as subject content traditionally has not been a part of the governance brief, which we all know ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-22
  • Ofqual’s new price guide will show ‘real cost’ of the exam system
    Ofqual has promised to publish an exams price guide that will include increased qualification costs. The exams regulator announced in its corporate plan published last month that it will release a qualifications price index next year, “measuring changes over time in the published price of a representative sample of qualifications”. ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-21
  • Ofsted alerts councils and academy trusts to potential off-rolling
    Ofsted is alerting local authorities and academy trusts to schools which could be off-rolling pupils, despite refusing to publicly release the information. The inspectorate told Schools Week it “cannot solve the problem of off-rolling on our own” and is working with councils and academy trusts to highlight schools with “unusually ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-21
  • LGBT protests school ‘profoundly let down’ by policymakers, says ex-DfE adviser
    The school at the centre of a row over its LGBT relationships teaching has been “profoundly let down by policymakers”, a former senior adviser to the government and Ofsted has said. Luke Tryl, who served as a special adviser at the Department for Education between 2014 and 2016 and as ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-21
  • Free sanitary products scheme may need more cash, admits DfE
    The Department for Education doesn’t have enough money to pay for free sanitary products for every eligible pupil in the country, despite a pledge to “fully fund” the initiative. Tender documents published by the Department for Education (DfE) show the government is prepared to spend between £10 and £20 million ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-21
  • Free school in mobile classrooms for 5 years must join MAT before it gets new home
    A free school run from mobile classrooms on a rugby field for five years has been ordered to join a new academy trust just months before it is set to move into a permanent home. The Department for Education published a financial warning on Friday to the Paxton Academy in ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-21
  • Agnew: ‘No point putting extra money in schools if it’s not being spent properly’
    Academies minister Lord Agnew has said there’s no point putting extra cash into schools if “the current money isn’t being used properly”. Speaking at the Festival of Education today, Agnew said he believes there are four areas where extra funding is needed: high needs, post 16, rural primary schools, and ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-20
  • Spielman: ‘We’re the arbiter of quality, whether you like it or not’
    Ofsted’s grading system is “proven” and works, the chief inspector of schools has insisted, defying leaders’ demands for a shake-up. Amanda Spielman told the Wellington College Festival of Education today that Ofsted remains “the arbiter of quality in state education”, despite being “rarely loved”, and pointed to parents’ knowledge of ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-20
  • 68 winners scoop silver Pearson Teaching Awards for 2019
    Inspirational teachers from across the country have been honoured today for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of children. A total of 68 winners have scooped sliver awards in the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards. The winners (full list below), announced to coincide with ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ today, ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-19
  • New trust found for failing Steiner schools
    An academy trust that runs seven Hindu schools has been chosen to take over three of the country’s four Steiner state schools. The three Steiner academies in Bristol (pictured), Exeter and Frome will all join the Avanti Schools Trust after a turbulent year that has seen all three placed in ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-06-19