Academy chain to scrap governing bodies

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

An academy chain is scrapping the current form of governing bodies for its schools in England. The E-ACT academy group says it will replace them with “academy ambassadorial advisory bodies”. These new bodies will “play a central role in celebrating the academy’s achievements”, E-ACT has told its school governors in a letter. But governing bodies, […]

‘National crisis’ looming in teaching, unions warn

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

A “national crisis” in teacher numbers is looming, six unions representing teachers and school leaders in England and Wales have warned. Government limits to teachers’ pay and “real terms cuts” to school budgets risk undermining standards, they warn. “Teachers need a pay rise,” they urge, in a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body […]

Academy plans survive Lords challenge

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies. The Education and Adoption Bill addresses the problem of underperforming “coasting” schools, but allows less challenge or consultation. Labour peers wanted more consultation for parents and said academy status was […]

Schools ‘struggle to recruit teachers’

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Schools in England face a deepening problem in recruiting enough teachers, head teachers say.  The National Association of Head Teachers said 59% of schools advertising for teachers “struggled” to get applicants and a further 20% failed completely to appoint anyone. Russell Hobby, leader of the NAHT, said it was clear evidence of a “crisis”. But […]

Teacher shortage ‘becoming a classroom crisis’

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

“The word ‘crisis’ is not an exaggeration,” says Brian Lightman, leader of the ASCL head teachers’ union. Mr Lightman, not usually given to scaremongering, is warning about the shortage of that most vital ingredient in a school – the teachers. Schools cannot recruit the teachers they need – and for some posts, such as a […]

Failing academies face rapid action

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Struggling academies could face rapid intervention and being taken over by another academy chain, in new powers proposed by the education secretary. Nicky Morgan has announced that legislation will be extended to address failing and “coasting” academies as well as local authority schools. Mrs Morgan said underperforming academies should be “held to account”. Heads’ leader […]

Use ‘golden handcuffs’ to keep teachers in state schools – Ofsted chief

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Michael Wilshaw calls for urgent action over teacher shortages and highlights north-south divide in English secondaries Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for “golden handcuffs” to help keep teachers in state schools, and said the government needed to urgently tackle the shortage of teaching staff across England. The Ofsted chief inspector, in his annual report on education and […]

North-south divide in England’s schools

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Ofsted is warning of a north-south divide in England’s secondary schools. The watchdog’s annual report on education standards says about a third of secondary schools in the North and midlands are not good enough. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says more attention must be focused on regions where too many schools are “languishing in mediocrity”. […]

Further education sector’s relief as government pulls back from further cuts

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Funding for 16-19-year-olds and adult skills protected in spending review and sixth-form colleges will be allowed to become academies to end VAT burden Further education and sixth-form colleges breathed a sigh of relief in the wake of the spending review after the government pulled back from more cuts to the already fragile sector. George Osborne’s announcement that […]

Teacher shortages leave schools sharing applicants

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Front page | No Comments

Schools are having to recruit year round and share job hopefuls amid a “drastic” shortage of teachers, a BBC investigation has found. Figures compiled by TeachVac show the average English secondary school has advertised for 5.2 posts this year. But some areas, such as Luton and Milton Keynes, have advertised at more than twice the […]

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