Archive for December, 2015

Annal Nayyar blogs on report from bbc that The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies.

The Education and Adoption Bill addresses the problem of underperforming “coasting” schools, but allows less challenge or consultation. Labour peers wanted more consultation for parents and said academy status was not the only way to improve schools. “It seems no opposition is to be tolerated,” said Labour’s Lord Watson. But the government survived an opposition [...]

Annal Nayyar reports BBC report states More primary schools succeed in ‘three Rs’

There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the “three Rs”, data shows. In 2015, 80% of Year 6 pupils achieved Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, up from 78% last year. Improvements for disadvantaged pupils also continued, with 70% reaching the [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on reports schools in London may lose out on “fair funding”

London schools could lose nearly £800m in funding to other regions, Labour claimed . A “fairer funding” review will shift cash to areas which complain they have not been getting their fair share. London schools may be at risk because they get £781 more per pupil in grants than the national average.  

Annal Nayyar blogs on reports that Lords revolt over academy plan

Plans in the Government’s Education Bill that would see all schools face “automatic academisation” if they are rated “inadequate” by Ofsted are set to be blocked by the House of Lords. The Independent on Sunday says that Labour peers will table an amendment to the Bill, giving parents, teachers and local councillors the power to block [...]

Annal Nayyar reports on press report Schools are spending thousands of pounds on recruitment agencies to hire teachers,

Schools are spending thousands of pounds on recruitment agencies to hire teachers, some paying up to £10,000 to fill vacancies, a new survey shows. The figures by the National Association of Head Teachers showed the most common fee paid for each vacancy filled was £1,000 to £3,000, a fee paid by 44% of schools. They [...]