Justine Greening ‘open minded’ about new grammar schools in England

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

New Education Secretary Justine Greening has said she is prepared to be “open minded” about allowing new grammar schools in England. Senior Conservative Graham Brady has called for an end to the “silly” ban. Ms Greening told the BBC the issue was “an important debate”, but she would not “make some big sweeping policy pronouncement” […]

Justine Greening appointed new education secretary

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Justine Greening has been appointed as education secretary in Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle. Ms Greening, who went to school in a Rotherham comprehensive, was previously secretary of state for international development. Last month, she announced she was in a same-sex relationship, making her the first openly gay female Cabinet minister. She replaces Nicky Morgan, who […]

Sponsors lose control of 119 failing academies

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

More than 100 failing academies have been removed from their sponsors and placed in new trusts, MPs have heard. England’s schools commissioner Sir David Carter told the Commons Education Committee 119 academies had been “re-brokered” as a last resort. Some academies were performing no better than the failing schools from which they had taken over, […]

Ministers ‘have no plan to address teacher shortages’

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Ministers have “no plan” to meet the growing teacher shortage in England, says the Public Accounts’ Committee. The select committee, which has called for an overhaul of the system, says in a report that the government has no sense of urgency in making sure schools have enough teachers. This is despite teacher training targets being […]

Teachers’ subject training ‘too brief’, MPs hear

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Some teachers are beginning their careers in primary schools with as little as a few hours training in some subject areas, MPs have heard. The Education Select Committee heard how the brevity of initial teacher training in England meant continuous professional development was vital. But much of it focused on new regulatory requirements and curriculum […]

Wales faces growing teacher recruitment crisis with a third of training places unfilled

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Teaching unions say the figures provide further evidence of a nationwide recruitment crisis in education More than a third of teacher training places at Welsh secondary schools remained unfilled at the start of this academic year, furthering concerns about a nationwide recruitment crisis in education. Only 553 student teachers began training in September 2015, despite […]

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 – […]

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