Archive for May, 2015

Annal Nayyar – blogs BBC report that Underperforming schools in England will face a more rapid intervention, under plans announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The government’s proposed legislation will mean that more schools are likely to become academies. An education bill will target so-called “coasting” schools which have shown a “prolonged period of mediocre performance”. Labour’s Tristram Hunt said a more pressing issue for school standards was “the quality of classroom teaching”. Head teachers’ leaders warned that such “structural [...]

Annal Nayyar – blogs the BBC say Labour call for additional tax powers to fund education

The Scottish government has been urged to commit to increasing the top rate of tax in Scotland to 50p to fund education. Labour education spokesman Iain Gray called on SNP ministers to make the pledge now. Mr Gray said the additional money should be used for education in the poorest parts of the country. He [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs- Ministers will today take the first steps towards meeting a manifesto pledge to open 500 free schools over five years as potential sponsors are invited to put forward their plans.

Another round of applications is expected in the autumn. The Department for Education previously averaged three bidding rounds a year. The New Schools Network, which offers advice on the process, said that the applications were likely to include one from a federation of primary schools in Gipsy Hill, south London, and from Kingsmead primary school in [...]

Annal Nayyar – THE new education secretary today warns teachers that she will continue to push ahead with Michael Gove’s radical school reforms despite his cabinet demotion to chief whip.

THE new education secretary today warns teachers that she will continue to push ahead with Michael Gove’s radical school reforms despite his cabinet demotion to chief whip. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Nicky Morgan dismissed claims that she has been sent by David Cameron to call a halt to reforms, pledging instead to [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs- school spending plan report

The Independent warns that strikes could result from the Conservatives’ spending plans for schools. It notes that there have been no promises to increase spending in line with inflation, and that this could effectively mean a 12% cut when increased pay and national insurance contributions are taken into account. This situation, plus plans to introduce [...]

Annal Nayyar Reports Nicky Morgan stays in post

David Cameron has confirmed that Nicky Morgan will remain as education secretary in his new look cabinet. She will also remain as minister for equalities. t. Her main task will be to expand the number of academies and open hundreds more free schools.  

Annal Nayyar blogs- A London head teacher has written to parents warning them of a looming “financial crisis” in secondary schools in England.

John Kerr, the head of Enfield Grammar, an academy school, says the budget plans of major political parties will not be enough to cover rising costs. Mr Kerr said difficult decisions would have to be made as a result. He said his school was considering cuts to some subjects but warned this “would narrow the [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs -Use cash for poor pupils to aid mental health’

Schools should use extra funding for poor pupils to tackle mental health problems, the schools minister said yesterday. David Laws, the Liberal Democrat education spokesman, said that access to mental health services for children was not good enough. He told the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conference in Birmingham that there was a “huge [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Schools struggling to recruit teachers

Two thirds of schools are struggling to recruit teachers, according to an NAHT survey. The survey found that 62% of schools were struggling to recruit teachers for the highest paid positions in their schools. In addition, 14% revealed they had failed to recruit deputy heads – while 20% had failed to recruit assistant headteachers. Among [...]