UK Academies

Regardless of GCSE Results There's Now a Real Opportunity for Educational Reform

Charlie Rigby | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.

Needed - A Good Child Protection System

Meg Munn | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to ensure that today's child protection services function well.

Michael Gove's Quest for British Values in Education

Adrian Hilton | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

Perhaps it is time for Ofsted to start assessing schools once again on the extent to which their daily assemblies are 'broadly Christian', and also on the amount of RE which is dedicated to teaching our national Christian history, culture, traditions and values...

Don't Let School Places Become a Political Football When We're Already Building Classrooms in Playgrounds

Gavin Shuker | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Fairness starts with a good education for all; we all know this, as if we learnt it by rote. Why, then, are we in a situation where schools are setting up classrooms on playgrounds, in school halls and even empty offices?

Disaffected Muslim Parents Urge Faith 'Takeover' Of Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Documents purportedly from disaffected Muslim parents, being described as a small group of fundamentalist Salafists, are being investigated by a Midla...

Are Academies No More Than Political Footballs?

Indra Adnan | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Indra Adnan

Why do some Academies (schools once under local government and now converted) and Free Schools (brand new schools that have never been under local control) get built in saturated areas? While others get rejected, despite the need?

Why Are Academies Paying Millions In Private 'Consultancy' Fees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government has denied the academies system is open to abuse after questions were raised about links with the businesses of directors, trustees and...

The School Which Banned Slang Makes Awkward Spelling Mistakes In 'Grammer' Test

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An academy chain which banned students from using slang at school has landed itself in a rather awkward predicament after sending out homework which i...

'Get Trained Or Get Sacked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More than 5,000 untrained teachers will be told they must gain a formal qualification or face the sack if Labour win the next general election. Unq...

'Leftist Fat Cat' or Teachers' Saviour? Interview With NUT General Secretary Christine Blower

Hannah Gal | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Following my interview with Michael Gove's department, I present the very same questions to Christine Blower, the National Union of Teachers' general secretary.

Great Heads and Teachers Are Best Placed to Run Their Schools - Not Town Hall or Central Government Bureaucrats

Hannah Gal | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Inspirational, quality teaching is one of the topics I present to the UK's department of education along with cyber bullying, raising standards, bringing programming and code into the curriculum, academies, the rise of male teachers and more.

Why Is the Education System Failing?

Sam Wood | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Wood

As a first year student working towards a degree in business and law at LCA Business School in London, it could be argued that I am a professional of tomorrow.

Embracing Change: Let's Make This Year Count

Alice Barnard | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Barnard

As a nation, we are inherently afraid of failure, while in America, people are encouraged to take risks. This is the nature of an entrepreneur, a fearless, ambitious and passionate risk taker, and I believe that we need to create more people of this nature to think big and be ambitious.

Are Academies 'Manipulating Admissions' To Exclude Poorer Pupils?

PA | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Some academy schools may be "manipulating" admissions to select and exclude certain pupils, a new report suggests. A study by the Academies Commiss...

Which Government Policy Cost £1bn More Than Forecast?

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An extra £1 billion was spent by the Government in the last two years on turning schools into academies, the spending watchdog has said. The Natio...

'We Will not Put Up With Schools That Fail And Go On Failing'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The government will no longer "put up" with failing primary schools. Those are the words of prime minister David Cameron after hosting the sixth Ca...

Should Private Companies Run Failing Schools?

PA | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Failing schools should be handed over to private firms to run as a final attempt to raise standards, a former adviser to the Prime Minister has sugges...

Gove Roasted Over School Meals

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has been blasted by Jamie Oliver for presiding over some of the "worst" school meals during his time as Education Secretary. Mr Oliver...

'Call A Spade A Spade' - Andrew Adonis' Radical Ideas For England's Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Politics

People commonly believe that the character of Lord Julius Nicholson in The Thick Of It is based on Andrew Adonis - or Lord Adonis to give him his prop...

Nearly 150 Schools At Risk Of 'Failing' Because Of GCSE Grading Fiasco

Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

At least 143 secondary schools are at risk of being labelled as failing after they were affected by the GCSE English grading fiasco. Schools could ...

Education - The Wrong Move, Mr. Gove

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The decision by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that Academies can appoint teachers without formal teaching qualification (QTS), was characterized by the Department of Education as no big deal, and that most teachers will continue to have QTS qualification.

Unqualified Teachers Decision Condemned By Expert As 'Regrettable'

PA | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Government's decision to allow academy schools to hire unqualified teachers was condemned by a leading education expert on Wednesday who said the ...

Anyone Can Teach (Fingers Crossed!)

Bansi Kara | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

Devaluing QTS at this time will only serve to hammer home what many people have thought for a long time - anyone can do it, and so they do. Anyone who remembers the government call for parents to fill in for teachers on strike will understand just how ridiculous the notion is.

Academies Allowed To Hire Unqualified Teachers In 'Perverse Decision'

PA | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

All academies will be allowed to hire unqualified teachers in the future, the Government announced on Friday. Ministers said the move will mean sch...

Gove: Every Failing Primary To Become An Academy

PA | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Every failing primary school is to be turned into an academy, Michael Gove announced on Tuesday. The Education Secretary said it was time to "accel...