More money to support SEN reforms

12 June 2014

An extra £76 million has been provided by the Department for Education to support local authorities in their preparations for the special educational needs (SEN) reforms, introduced under the Children and Families Act 2014, which come into effect from September 2014.

New approach to teacher training inspection

5 June 2014

Ofsted has introduced a new inspection framework for all initial teacher education (ITE) programmes to ensure that trainee teachers receive the best possible training and thereby are able to deal with the “rigours of the classroom in their induction year”, with particular emphasis on behaviour issues.

GCSE and A-level reforms of non-core subjects

5 June 2014

Ofqual has released details about its proposals for GCSE and A-level reform within a public consultation on its approach to the remaining non-core subjects in terms of content and standards.

Ofsted to bring all inspections in-house

2 June 2014

From September 2015 Ofsted will no longer contract with outside Inspection Service Providers (ISPs) for the delivery of school and further education inspections but, instead, will bring the management of all such inspections in-house.

Grammar schools increased inequality

2 June 2014

The English grammar school system has widened the gap between rich and poor and so has helped to create a more unequal society, according to a joint study from the University of Bristol, the University of Bath and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Too much change damages education say parents

28 May 2014

Almost three-quarters (73%) of parents believe that introducing too much change into schools too quickly damages their child’s education, according to a new survey from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

School-based cookery clubs win award

28 May 2014

Volunteer-led Let’s Get Cooking clubs, based in schools and teaching families how to cook healthy meals, have won a Big Society Award.

Parents’ careers advice dated

28 May 2014

A new report suggests that, even though the majority of young people trust their parents for advice about their future careers, the advice they receive from their parents is out of date and badly informed.

Early GCSE entries fall

28 May 2014

Following the change to school league tables so that only the first exam entry counts, Ofqual figures show that the number of early entries for GCSE exams in England has indeed fallen “sharply”.