“Confusion and crisis” surrounds Trojan Horse affair

18 March 2015

The Education Select Committee has accused the Department for Education (DfE), Ofsted, Birmingham City Council and other responsible bodies making official inquiries into the so-called Trojan Horse affair of “a worrying and wasteful lack of co-ordination” which led to a “sense of confusion and crisis".

Gender inequality in education

16 March 2015

A new international study from the OECD, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence, has demonstrated that teachers are giving girls higher marks than boys of the same ability because, suggest the researchers, girls tend to behave better in the classroom and this influences the teacher’s perception of their work.

New drive to get more maths and physics teachers

13 March 2015

A new initiative starts in April 2015 offering specialist training and one-to-one support to former maths and science teachers to help them prepare for returning to the classroom.

Call for careful monitoring of asbestos in schools

13 March 2015

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has called for careful monitoring of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in schools but says it is not always “necessary or desirable” to remove the asbestos.

Report backs free schools but is it correct?

11 March 2015

A new report from the Policy Exchange think tank is being cited as evidence that the free school programme is working, and the Conservatives are expected to quote from it to support their free schools programme.

Tories pledge to expand free schools programme

10 March 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that, if the Conservatives return to power for another term of office, 500 more free schools would open by 2020 to add to the 408 that are already open or approved to go ahead during this Parliament.

New commission on assessment announced

5 March 2015

As primary schools move away from the current “vague and imprecise” system of levels for assessment, the Minister for School Reform, Nick Gibb, has announced the establishment of a new teacher-led commission to help schools find new and improved ways of assessing pupils.

Careers education still not good enough

4 March 2015

A new report from Teach First entitled Careers Education in the Classroom. The Role of Teachers in Making Young People Work Ready, wants each school in England to have a teacher who is trained to be “at the heart” of careers education.

Labour’s “cast iron” pledge on lower tuition fees

2 March 2015

Ed Miliband has re-visited his pledge from 2011 to lower the cap on university tuition fees from £9000 to £6000 per year from 2016 and has claimed this would be a deal-breaker in any coalition talks after the General Election.

Education must support the arts

26 February 2015

A new report has highlighted the vital role that the arts, culture and the creative industries play in society, but concludes that the education system does not do enough to support this.