Popular teaching practices are ineffective

6 November 2014

Seven common teaching practices are not supported by evidence, according to a review by the Sutton Trust of 200 research papers on how to develop great teachers.

Schools not being “forced to teach gay rights”

5 November 2014

While Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has warned that faith schools are required to “actively promote” fundamental British values such as a mutual respect and tolerance for other religions and lifestyles, the Department for Education (DfE) has rejected any suggestion that schools will be forced to teach gay rights.

LGA wants “urgent review” of Ofsted

5 November 2014

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for an “urgent review” of Ofsted, saying that public confidence in the watchdog has been undermined by recent controversies.

Defibrillators to be made available to schools at lower cost

30 October 2014

The Department for Education (DfE) is working on a procurement deal to supply defibrillators to schools at reduced cost. Announcing news of the proposed offer, Schools Minister Lord Nash said: "By securing defibrillators at a reduced price, schools will find it much easier to install these potentially life-saving devices. We hope schools right across the country will take advantage of this."

Two anti-bullying charities suspend services

24 October 2014

BeatBullying Group (BBG), the organisation behind the BeatBullying UK and MindFull charities, has gone into administration. A message on the charities’ websites reads: “we are sorry MindFull and BeatBullying services are currently down” and directs visitors to the Samaritans’ and ChildLine helplines instead. According to some BeatBullying life mentors, services were suspended without any warning.

Plans for anti-extremism Code of Practice for religious schools abandoned

24 October 2014

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it will not be publishing its proposed voluntary Code of Practice for “supplementary” religious schools. The Code of Practice was recommended by the Government’s Extremism Task Force, in the aftermath of the so-called “Trojan Horse plot” in Birmingham schools. It was intended to ensure that pupils are not being exposed to intolerant views or radicalised.