Morgan offers no academy concessions

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan offered no concessions over controversial plans to force all of England’s schools to become academies. Mrs Morgan was pressed by MPs on whether she was committed to pushing the plan forward as legislation. “That is the government’s position,” she told the education select committee. Mrs Morgan told MPs that the changes […]

Ministers could ease way for councils to run academies

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

In an attempt to avert a backbench rebellion, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has signalled she will consider making it easier for councils to form their own multi-academy trusts.  Under draft plans published last month, all England’s state schools must become academies, run by trusts rather than councils, by 2022. Councils would have to set up […]

Childcare recruitment ‘catastrophe’ looms, say campaigners

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

The requirement for new nursery staff in England to have good GCSE passes in English and maths will lead to “catastrophic” staff shortages and should be scrapped, campaigners say.  From September, new recruits must have at least GCSE C grades in the subjects, with alternative equivalent qualifications no longer accepted. The Save our Early Years campaign says […]

Teacher training applicants fell last year, says UCAS

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

The number of applicants for teacher training in England fell by 6.5% last year compared with the previous 12 months, according to a new analysis.  But despite the drop in applications, more people were accepted to train. The figures, from university admissions body UCAS, look at applications both for higher education and schools-based teacher training […]

Academy plan could cost £1.3bn, says Labour

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Labour is predicting the government’s plan to convert all England’s state schools to academies could cost more than £1.3bn. The party says the figure is based on a Parliamentary written answer which shows the government paid £66,000 per school for earlier academy conversions. This would leave a black hole of more than a billion pounds in the […]

Budget sets out academies plan and longer school day

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Chancellor George Osborne has used his Budget speech to say all schools in England will become academies and extend the school day.  Schools must become academies by 2020 or have official plans to do so by 2022, he told MPs. The proceeds of a sugar tax on fizzy drinks will boost sport in primary schools, […]

Every school to become an academy, ministers to announce

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Plans to force all schools in England to become academies are to be outlined in the Budget on Wednesday. The Department for Education is expected to publish draft legislation as early as Thursday, BBC Newsnight has learned. The move would end the century-old role of local authorities as providers of education. An aide to the […]

High London rents pricing out young teachers, says NUT

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

The success of London schools is at risk as high rents increasingly price young teachers out of London, says the National Union of Teachers.  Teacher recruitment expert Prof John Howson confirmed the rate of teacher vacancies advertised in London was higher than anywhere else in England. A survey of 1,200 NUT members in London aged […]

Flexible working could help solve teacher shortage, think tank argues

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Schools in England should embrace flexible working to tackle a teacher supply crisis, argues a think tank ahead of a head teachers’ conference.  Teacher shortages will be high on the agenda as the Association of School and College Leaders meets this weekend. Flexible working could bring thousands of teachers back into the profession, argues the […]

Schools urgently need good leaders, says Ofsted boss

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

The need to recruit good future leaders for England’s schools is urgent, the head of Ofsted has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was critical to have a national system that identified, trained and nurtured teachers with leadership potential. He has given a paper to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, setting out his thoughts on how […]

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