Schools in deprived areas face further cuts next year, unions say | Education

Schools in deprived areas face further cuts next year, unions say | Education

Schools in some of England’s most deprived areas will suffer increased budget pressures and cuts next year, despite the government’s promise of extra funding, according to analysis by teaching unions. A report into individual school allocations for 2020-21 – using data released by the Department for Education – found “a strong link between deprivation and […]

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Williamson promises review of special needs education in England | Education

Williamson promises review of special needs education in England | Education

The government is to review the provision and funding of special needs education for children in England, after the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, admitted that many families faced struggles as a result of the government’s reforms. The introduction of education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in 2014 was followed by a steep increase in the […]

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New teachers' salary in England could reach £30,000, says DfE | Education

New teachers’ salary in England could reach £30,000, says DfE | Education

Starting salaries for new teachers in England could rise to £30,000 within four years, the government has confirmed, as part of its plans to increase recruitment and improve the status of the profession. The announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) that it will push for higher pay for newly-qualified teachers was revealed by the […]

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English schools to get three-year £14bn funding boost | Education

English schools to get three-year £14bn funding boost | Education

The government has announced a £14bn cash injection over three years for England’s schools, setting out a key aspect of the chancellor’s plans before next Wednesday’s spending review. The funding boost is in line with the new education strategy leaked to the Guardian this week, with £2.6bn for schools in 2020/21, compared with £2.8bn in […]

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Schools shake-up: the four key areas in leaked Tory proposals | Politics

Schools shake-up: the four key areas in leaked Tory proposals | Politics

Behaviour and exclusions One of the four cornerstones of Boris Johnson’s package of changes is a three-year drive to improve behaviour in schools across England. The bare bones of this policy were sketched out by the previous education secretary, Damian Hinds, in his address to the Conservative party conference last year, but here the tone […]

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Leaked documents reveal Tories’ dramatic plans for schools | Education

A raft of dramatic and controversial education measures including billions of pounds in new funding, a crackdown on student behaviour and a further wave of free schools are to be announced by the government within days, according to a confidential briefing paper seen by the Guardian. The briefing document, dated 22 August and marked “Official-Sensitive”, […]

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England school places shortage 'made worse by academies' | Education

England school places shortage ‘made worse by academies’ | Education

Councils are warning that a looming shortage in the number of school places across England is being made worse by academies, as last decade’s baby boom enters secondary schools over the next five years. The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for the government to restore powers to councils enabling them to open new maintained […]

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Secret report reveals government fear of schools chaos after no-deal Brexit | Politics

Secret report reveals government fear of schools chaos after no-deal Brexit | Politics

Schools may have to close, exams could be disrupted and fresh food for pupils’ meals could run short because of panic buying with prices soaring by up to 20%, according to a secret Department for Education analysis of the risks of a no-deal Brexit obtained by the Observer. The five-page document – marked “Official Sensitive” […]

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Disadvantaged schools 'will gain least from new Tory funding' | Education

Disadvantaged schools ‘will gain least from new Tory funding’ | Education

Boris Johnson’s pledge to “level up” pupil funding in English schools will benefit grammar schools and those in more affluent areas, while schools serving the most disadvantaged communities will miss out, a report claims. The new prime minister has promised to ensure that “historically underfunded” schools will see an uplift, and that there will be […]

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Education secretary calls on schools to expel fewer pupils | Education

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has called on headteachers in England to expel fewer pupils, as an independent study revealed that almost eight out of 10 children who are permanently excluded come from vulnerable backgrounds. The long-awaited review of exclusions in England, carried out by a former minister for children and families at the Department […]

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