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Local councils need more power to improve schools

Local authorities should be given more control to improve schools that are struggling, according to a new report by the Local Government Association

Sandwell Council issues £13k school term time holiday fines

Parents have been fined a total of £13,000 by Sandwell Council for taking their children out of school during term time New figures have revealed more than 200 parents received fines from Sandwell Council totalling £13,000 last year for removing their children from school during term time. The policy which allows...
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More free childcare would threaten nursery schools

Government plans to offer 30 hours free childcare per week could threaten nursery schools throughout England, say teaching union NAHT A teaching union has warned that government plans to increase free childcare provision to 30 hours a week could threaten nursery schools across England. The new funding formula, aimed at...
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LGA says school finances should be monitored by councils

Councils should be able monitor academy school finances to prevent taxpayers’ money from being used inappropriately, says the LGA
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GCSE results show a fall in grades

The release of the GCSE results today has revealed a significant fall in grades when compared to last year More than five million students have today received their GCSE results. Following the decline of the A-level results published last week it will undoubtedly be disappointing for the education sector to...
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Poor children losing out on outstanding school places

New analysis of official figures shows that outstanding school places in England are not being offered to poor children who live nearby A blog by Schooldash revealed that poor pupils were not offered outstanding school places and notably under-represented at schools rated outstanding by Ofsted. The study looked at the proportion...
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Teacher job adverts cost secondary schools £56m

According to new figures from Labour secondary schools spent a whopping £56m on advertising for teaching positions last year The recruitment crisis in teaching is not news; it is in fact an issue that has dogged the sector for some time now. However, the depth of the crisis has become...
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Oxfordshire schools sitting on £9m central government funding

Oxfordshire schools have come under fire for hoarding almost £9m funding from central government, rather than spending it on teaching

Ofsted issues warning about low education standards in East Midlands

Education standards in the East Midlands are distinctly second division, warns Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw highlighted figures showing the East Midlands as the worst performing region in the country on a range of key indicators. He warned that the low standards are expositing the educational fault line dividing the...
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Schools to receive funding boost to help develop pupils character

A £6 million funding boost aimed at improving pupils character traits such as resilience and respect is now welcoming applications Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has announced a £6 million fund aimed at developing pupils’ character is now accepting applications. Schools that are using a range of activities aimed at...

Families pay double for vacations during school holidays

The cost of family vacations abroad doubles during the school holidays, according to a new survey A new survey has revealed the cost of taking the family on holiday abroad skyrockets during school holidays. This issue has been a bone of contention for many families, particularly since local authorities implemented...

Council works with schools to attract teachers

Essex County Council is working alongside local schools in a bid to increase teacher recruitment in the region A new strategic group has been formed in Essex in an attempt to ease the shortage of teachers. Essex County Council, alongside representatives from the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE), the Essex...
academies

Academies underperform compared to state-run schools

New analysis from the Local Government Association has revealed that state-run schools outperform academies by a marginal difference
the EU

Schools could teach mandatory classes about the EU

Mandatory classes to teach children about the EU could be implemented across Europe in a bid to overcome Euroscepticism Criticism has been levelled at the European Parliament after it emerged plans to teach children about the positives of the EU could become mandatory in schools. The European Parliament will consider...
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Raising academic standards in UK schools

AG looks at how the Department of Education is improving standards in schools to help pupils leave school with qualifications to find employment Are UK schools performing as well as they should be? Last month AG reported that only 18% of parents in England thought that the government listened to them...

Partnerships for success

Ellen Rowles from Action PR Ltd sheds light on why third party partnerships hold the key to success in improving leisure facilities for schools and colleges. In these times of economic uncertainty and budgetary constraints, many local authority schools and colleges are exploring alternative ways to improve their fitness offering...
Kent children placed in London schools

Kent children placed in London schools

Kent County Council has revealed some children have been offered places in London schools after the closure of a local secondary school After the closure of a struggling secondary school in Hextable, Kent County Council (KCC) has been forced to offer children places in London schools. The county council opposed the...
Parents think schooling costs are unaffordable

Parents think schooling costs are unaffordable

Research suggests that many parents have concerns about the cost of schooling their children. It seems that the rising cost of childcare is not the only concern facing parents. A survey commissioned by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has revealed that many parents think the...
Coventry Council applies for school rebuilding fund

Council applies for school rebuilding fund

Coventry City Council has applied for government funding to rebuild or refurbish schools across the city. Coventry City Council is to apply for funding from the government's 'Priority School Building Programme' to rebuild or refurbished schools across the city. The programme forms part of the government's strategy to improve the conditions...

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