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Party Manifestos and Education

By Jane Sowerby on

Lunch or breakfast? Grammars or smaller class sizes? Knowledge-rich curriculum and testing or arts pupil premium and EBacc? We’ll know after 8 June...

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‘High-Stakes’ Testing Harming Primary Schools

By Laura Lodge on

Just prior to the dissolution of Parliament this week, the House of Commons Education Committee published its eleventh report of session, outlining its evaluation of the current primary assessment system.

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SATs: Lightening the burden

By Jo Gray on

Monday, 8 May, will be the start of SATs week for thousands of 10 and 11 year old children across the country. The Guardian recently reported that a survey by ‘The Key’ of 1200 teachers found that 82% of staff reported an increase in children’s mental health issues around the time of exams.

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Capital Funding for Schools

By Laura Lodge on

On 26 April, the Public Accounts Committee published their most recent report on ‘Capital Funding for Schools’. The report’s remit was to evaluate the Department for Education’s use of funding for new schools and the creation of additional places in existing educational settings.

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Snap Election & Education

By Jane Sowerby on

In retrospect, it seems that both Justine Greening and Nick Gibb were gearing up for the election treadmill leading up to Easter. The Secretary of State spoke at length at the end of March about social mobility being the driving focus for the DfE...

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Term-time Holidays Ruling

By Carrie-Ann Varey on

After two years of uncertainty, educational establishments finally have clarity; a Supreme Court Ruling this week revealed that Jon Platt did not act unlawfully when he removed his daughter from school during term time to take her on a holiday to Florida.

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