UK Academies

Half Of Schools Unsatisfactory, Ofsted Finds

PA | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK

Almost half of schools inspected in the first three months of this year were found to be not good enough, new figures show. Statistics published by...

I Sent Private Emails As My Work Blackberry Was Not Agreeable, Says Gove

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

It seems the Conservatives are behind with the times as well as in the opinion polls after Michael Gove claimed the reason he sent private emails to h...

Almost 88,000 Racist Bullying Incidents Recorded In Schools - But That's Not The Real Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 87,000 incidents of racist bullying have been reported in schools between 2007 and 2011, it has been revealed, but the real concern is those...

School Resisting Academy Status Closes As Teachers Strike

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Striking teachers and parents took part in a protest on Tuesday outside a school which is resisting academy status. Downhills Primary School in Har...

Weaker Pupils Receive Weakest Teaching, Ofsted Finds

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Weak maths students receive the worst teaching, an Ofsted report has revealed. The publication, released on Tuesday, found pupils in lower ability ...

Academies Revamping Curriculum But Leaving The School Day Alone

PA | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Many of the government's academies are revamping the curriculum, but fewer are changing term times or the length of the school day - contrary to popul...

Academies Making Money Out Of Selling Banned Junk Food To Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Academies are making money out of selling junk food which the government has banned in other schools, it has been claimed. An independent study pub...

Unemployed Parents Have Detrimental Effect On Their Children, Claims Schools Commissioner

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An increasing number of children are unable to cope with the academic demands of starting school because of poor parenting, according to the schools c...

Is It Ethical For Teachers To Accept Pupils' Gifts?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school in Scotland has ordered its teaching staff to declare presents from pupils in order to prevent bribes from parents, reigniting the debate of ...

Make Pupils Stand To Attention When You Enter The Classroom, Cameron Tells Teachers

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

David Cameron has suggested pupils should stand up when their teachers enter the classroom but his idea has been criticised by both teachers and stude...

Primary School Pays PR Firm £351,000 To Get Mentions In Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A primary school paid a political media company more than £351,000 over three years to manage its public relations and ensure it was mentioned in par...

Parents Bringing Up Children As 'Little Buddhas'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Middle class children are turning into "little Buddhas" as parents indulge their offspring and wait on them hand and foot, a teachers' union leader wa...

Primary Schools 'Secretly Pushed Into Academy Status'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Primary schools in London face having unwanted academy status secretly forced on them by the government, a shadow minister has claimed. Chuka Umunn...

Why Academies Aren't Using Their Freedom

PA | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Many academies are not making changes to their school day or term times, despite being given the powers to do so, a report suggests. More than half...

Mini Baby Boom Fuels Need For 2,000 More Primary Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Around 2,000 primary schools need to be built to provide children born during a 'mini baby boom' with an education, Labour claims. Shadow education...

Gove Sacks Governors Of School Opposed To Academy Status

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The governing body of a school which opposed against plans to turn it into an academy has been sacked by the Department of Education, it has been conf...

Anyone Who Thinks the Private Sector is More Efficient Has Never Called a Call Centre

Ruth Whippman | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Whippman

There are many reasons why the police should not be privatised, not least that an independent, publicly funded police force, free from the profit motive and accountable to the public it serves, is a fundamental plank of a civilised society. Lets not subjugate this dignified ideal to the misguided notion that the private sector would do a better job.

Lucy Sherriff

'Unemployed Teachers Are Left To Fend From Themselves'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The unemployment landscape looks bleak. Teachers are struggling to find jobs, just like any other professionals, despite the government's drive to bui...

Introducing...The Truant Bus

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school has introduced a new way of getting truanting pupils to class - picking them up in the school bus. Harris Academy Merton, in Surrey, has ...

Academy Battle Headteacher Resigns

PA | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The headteacher of a school resisting academy status has resigned after it was placed in special measures. Downhills Primary School in Haringey, no...

Lucy Sherriff

'You're A Bunch Of Trots And I'm Stalin' - David Lammy Sheds Light On Michael Gove's Peculiar 'Ideologies'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Describing your political opponent as devious and sly are both relatively acceptable adjectives in the cut-throat world of politics. Likening the s...

Thousands Let Down By Under-Performing Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tabl...

Thousands Let Down By Under-Performing Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tabl...

Barclays Influence Over Gove's Schools Sparks Concern

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Barclays is offering 3,000 work experience placements for pupils - but only for students attending the academies and free schools championed by Michae...

School In 'Illegal' Academy War With Gove To Be Inspected By Ofsted

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The primary school claiming Michael Gove is illegally forcing academy status onto it will be inspected by Ofsted to reassess their classroom standards...