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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 lawfully when he removed his daughter from school during term time to take her on a holiday to Florida.

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Primary Assessment Consultation

By Jo Gray on

On 30 March, the long awaited Primary Assessment consultation was launched by the Department for Education. Details were explained to Parliament in a speech by Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening. The consultation includes a wealth of proposals for improving the primary assessment system, which upon reading, seem somewhat more positive than the Department for Education’s recent interim assessment.

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Inspection Outcomes

By Fay Gingell on

An official statistics release from the DfE and Ofsted on 22 March reveals provisional data for inspections completed between 1 September and 31 December 2016, and revised data for inspections completed last academic year, between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

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STA Clarification on KS2 Writing Assessments

By Laura Lodge on

On Friday 10 March, the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) issued a guidance video aiming to offer some clarification with regards to the teacher assessment of Writing at the end of Key Stage Two.

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School Inspection Update

By Laura Lodge on

This week, Ofsted published their latest school inspection update. Alongside welcoming the new HMCI, Amanda Spielman, and her vision for Ofsted as “a force for improvement”; the update also provides inspectors with key information which will impact upcoming inspections.

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