Supply teacher spend exceeds £800m

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Primary and secondary schools in England struggling to recruit teachers spent £821m on supply staff last year, it has emerged. Analysis by BBC News shows the equivalent of £168 was spent on each child in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences. Teachers unions say the amount of money spent reflects […]

University changes: Plan for more new universities and higher fees

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

It will be made easier to open new universities in England, under plans to be announced by Universities Minister Jo Johnson. The government’s proposals for higher education also confirm plans to allow tuition fees to increase above £9,000 from autumn 2017. This will depend on universities having high-quality teaching. Labour’s Gordon Marsden warned of “inadequate” […]

Unions hail scrapping of English academy plans

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Teaching unions have welcomed the government’s decision to ditch plans to force all state schools in England to become academies.  They said the move was recognition that “one size” did not fit all schools. Ministers said the government had listened to critics but the goal to turn schools into academies remained. Schools judged by Ofsted […]

Migration pressure on schools revealed

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Schools are under “huge and unsustainable pressure” from a dramatic rise in the number of children from European migrants’ families, official figures show. For the first time, a government report reveals the full impact of years of immigration from Europe on the state education system, at a time of growing strain on classroom places. Almost 700,000 school-aged children – […]

Government climbdown over forced academies plan in England

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Plans to force all of England’s schools to become academies are being abandoned in a government climbdown. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan hopes the concessions will meet the demands of Tory rebels opposed to compelling high-performing schools to convert. This was about the government listening, she said, adding ministers understood top schools should retain the choice […]

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 […]

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