Ethnically mixed classrooms make pupils more tolerant

12 February 2015

Learning in an ethnically diverse classroom makes pupils more tolerant towards others, but only when there is meaningful inter-ethnic contact and friendship, according to a new international study from London’s Institute of Education.

Is is possible to reduce tuition fees?

4 February 2015

Labour is considering lowering the cap on university tuition fees from £9000 to £6000, but the university vice chancellors say this is an “implausible” plan which would damage revenues to the tune of £10 billion within five years and affect the quality of education.

Gloves come off on education

4 February 2015

The approaching general election has heralded the usual glut of political opinion and promises about education. Can David Cameron keep his promise to protect the school budget and provide extra school places? Is there any truth in the suggestion that Michael Gove is still driving Conservative education policy? Would Heads really be sacked if pupils failed a new test?

Carter review of initial teacher training

29 January 2015

Sir Andrew Carter’s review on the quality and effectiveness of initial teacher training (ITT) courses has now been published and the Government has responded.

LGBT school not the answer

28 January 2015

An online petition has been launched to stop plans for the UK’s first ever school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils which has been proposed in Manchester by the charity LGBT North West.

Constant reform, but is any of it actually working?

22 January 2015

The OECD claims that only around 10% of the 450 education reforms introduced worldwide since 2008 have been evaluated for their impact, despite their cost and the need for positive outcomes for pupils.

No sweat, no shower

21 January 2015

Many secondary pupils are not showering after sports lessons or clubs according to a new study from the University of Essex, but it is not clear why they do not.

Double inspections pilot to ensure reliability

20 January 2015

In an attempt to allay fears about the reliability of school inspections, Ofsted plans to send two different inspectors to some schools on the same day so that their judgments can be compared.

Extra school places will cost £12 billion

19 January 2015

At the 15 January 2015 deadline for parents to apply for primary school places for September 2015, the Local Government Association (LGA) has expressed its concern at the cost of creating places for the thousands of extra pupils expected to attend England’s schools over the next ten years.

Make School Food Standards mandatory, says LGA

16 January 2015

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England, says the new standards for school meals that came into effect on 1 January should be mandatory for all schools, regardless of type. Currently, they are mandatory only for all maintained schools and academies or free schools that opened prior to September 2010 or since June 2014, so schools that opened between these dates are exempt.