Archive for November, 2015

A Nayyar-Complete academisation plans

Under government plans, due to be published in the spring, every English state school could be released from local council control and turned into an academy by 2020. The bill, set to be published in the New Year, initially as a green paper, will seek to enact David Cameron’s ambition to make “local authorities running [...]

Annal Nayyar Blogs- The Chancellor has published the results of the spending review, including details of the Department for Education’s budget over the course of this Parliament.

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement delivers on the government’s priority to provide security to working people at every stage of their lives. It sets out a 4 year plan to fix the public finances, return the country to surplus and run a healthy economy that starts to pay down the debt. By ensuring Britain’s [...]

annal nayyar blogs local authority-run schools will be a ‘thing of the past’, the chancellor announced in his spending review today

    Local authority-run schools will be a ‘thing of the past’, the chancellor announced in his spending review today. George Osborne said moving control of schools away from local councils would save £600m on the Education Services Grant. He also announced the Government would phase out the ‘unfair’ school funding system, replacing it with [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on report that Missed targets ‘signal teacher recruitment crisis’

Targets for the number of new trainee teachers in England have been missed for the third year running, prompting concerns of an intensified recruitment crisis in schools. This year, 28,148 graduates began initial teacher training courses, representing 94% of the target figure. At secondary level, where population increases are set to hit schools next year, [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs on report Education to suffer as part of Spending Review

On education, the Resolution Foundation analysis says: “It makes it on (to the list) because its protection only applies to the five to 16 schools spending, leaving sixth forms, the care system, teacher training, under 5s and even some elements of 5-16 schooling like the pupil premium and free school meals. Indeed, in the unlikely [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs as BBC reports One in six new teachers in England ‘qualified overseas’

Almost one in six teachers starting in England’s schools last year qualified overseas, according to official figures obtained by the Times Educational Supplement. In the year to March, 6,179 teachers who qualified elsewhere had their qualifications recognised in England, according to Department for Education data, amounting to 16% of 38,746 teachers who gained qualified status [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Call for council-run schools to sponsor academies

High-performing, council-run schools in England should be allowed to sponsor struggling schools without becoming academies first, say town hall bosses. The Local Government Association feels that with lots of council-run schools flourishing, they should be allowed to take over failing academies. By contrast, too many academy chains are performing poorly, argues the LGA. The government [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs Nicky Morgan announces further education reforms

The Department for Education (DfE) said that although the government has raised standards nationally in the last 5 years, there still remain 20 local authorities where the majority of pupils are unable to secure 5 good GCSEs, the worst being Knowsley in the North West, where almost 2 in 3 young people do not achieve 5 A*-C [...]

Annal Nayyar blogs National Funding Formula to tackle the lack of fairness in the current system.

MPs met on Thursday 5th November to debate the school funding system, demonstrating the unanimous support of those in attendance for a National Funding Formula to tackle the lack of fairness in the current system. There were numerous examples given of the gross disparity between how schools are funded. MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw, quoted ASCL figures that [...]