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Councils face ‘significant risk’ in fixing deteriorating school estate

23.02.17: Local councils face “significant challenges” in providing enough places in schools as they struggle to maintain the condition of school estates whilst funds are diverted to open free schools. In a report drawn up by the National...

Introducing learning analytics

23.02.17: Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lecturer from The Open University, identifies key areas for action to help your institution make use of...

Failure to launch? The challenges in implementing education technology

20.02.17: Mark Chambers, CEO of Naace, the association for education technology, discusses technology in learning and how to overcome the challenges of implementation. Technology has permeated almost every aspect of modern life: how we work, how we c...

LGA: Allow best council schools to take over struggling academies

13.02.17: High-performing council-maintained schools should be able to overstep existing “bureaucratic barriers” and take over failing academies, particularly the ‘orphan schools’ who cannot find a sponsor because they are deemed u...

Budgets edging closer to ‘breaking point’ as fifth of schools now in deficit

23.01.17: School budgets are edging closer to breaking point as the number of schools in deficit has doubled since 2015, a union of school leaders has warned. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) survey of 1,102 school leaders found growi...

Charities slam Scottish education plans to lessen council responsibilities

12.01.17: Parents and charities have further criticised the Scottish government’s plans to reform the school system, saying it would make no ‘meaningful’ progress on narrowing the country’s attainment gap. The criticisms echoe...

Casey: Schools regulation ‘going in the opposite direction’ in fighting segregation

10.01.17: Children are at risk of being segregated in education because of a lack of council oversight, the head of a government review into integration has said. Dame Louise Casey’s review attracted controversy when it was published in Decembe...

Scottish teaching union warns against ‘distraction’ of government’s school reforms

09.01.17: Scotland’s main teaching union has warned against government plans to reform the influence of councils in the country’s education system, saying that it would be a “significant distraction” from the needs of the sector. ...

LGA calls for small school exemption from apprenticeship levy

06.01.17: Smaller council-maintained schools will face an unfair burden because of the apprenticeship levy, and should be exempt in the same way that small academies and faith schools will be, the LGA has stated. As it stands, the levy will apply to...

Cardiff proposes new co-ordinated school admissions process

04.01.17: Cardiff is looking to become the first local education authority in Wales to trial a co-ordinated approach to secondary school admissions, offering parents more clarity when applying to schools. Currently, the council has separate school ap...

DfE accounts lack ‘truth and fairness’, says auditor general

22.12.16: The comptroller and auditor general has criticised the accuracy and fairness of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) group financial statements, because of irregularities in how the department monitors academy finances. Sir Am...

Tackling skills gaps is the missing piece of the Autumn Statement

20.12.16: Alexandra Jones, Centre for Cities CEO, explains why failing to address skills gaps is the missing piece of the chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement productivity plan. In Theresa May’s first weeks as prime minister, she outlined...

Time to implement delayed schools funding formula ‘simply isn’t long enough’

15.12.16: Transferring schools funding from councils to Whitehall cannot be properly implemented in the period allowed, councils have warned. Education secretary Justine Greening finally announced the new formula in a House of Commons speech, where s...

NAO: Ministers failing to support schools to make £3bn cuts

14.12.16: Schools will have to make £3bn efficiency savings by 2019-20, but the Department for Education (DfE) has not provided sufficient support to help them achieve it, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). The schools&...

Sure Start closures almost double in one year

09.12.16: Sure Start early-years centres closed at an unprecedented rate in the past year, the government has revealed. A written question by Dan Jarvis, the Labour MP for Barnsley North, revealed that 156 Sure Start centres closed in 2015, compared...

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