Governors urged to pressure Government over funding crisis | schoolsnortheast

Governors in the North East have been told to expect funding, workload and recruitment pressures in their schools at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Northern Governance Conference in Newcastle today.

Laura McInerney, Contributing Editor of Schools Week and Founder of Teacher Tapp, was speaking about the ‘three big trends to watch out for’ to the 200 delegates in attendance from across the North.

She said: “As a governor myself, the first question anyone asks is ‘is there going to be anymore money’. I would be suprised that, as a governor, you won’t have already been asked this.

“But at the…

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Application process for strategic school improvement fund was ‘unfit for purpose’ | schoolsnortheast

The first application round for the £140 million strategic school improvement fund was neither fair nor transparent according to an independent evaluation of the process.

An evaluation conducted by Aldaba has criticised the government’s approach to supporting and assessing applications to the fund, which was designed to target resources at schools in need of improvement.

The report highlighted inconsistencies in the advice given to applicants by officials at the Department for Education, leaving some schools “in a better position to succeed as a result of receiving support or resources to…

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New tool breaks down KS 4 Progress 8 outcomes by feeder primary schools | schoolsnortheast

A new online tool allows users to access a breakdown of Progress 8 scores by primary school.

The tool, made available to FFT Aspire users, would allow secondary schools to break down the KS4 outcomes of groups of pupils by feeder school and to see the impact different groups have on Progress 8 outcomes.

Writing for Education DataLab, FFT chief statistician Dave Thomson said “Looking at Attainment 8 CVA for the last three years and taking account of secondary school attended, we found around 30 feeder primary schools with a score of -1 or lower, indicating that pupils achieved at least one…

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Ofsted considering ‘no-notice’ school inspections  | schoolsnortheast

Ofsted’s chief inspector has revived the controversial idea of carrying out no notice inspections of schools.

Amanda Spielman was responding to a YouGov survey, published by Ofsted last week, which found that 61% of parents supported unannounced visits to schools by the education watchdog.

Ms Spielman is the third Ofsted chief in a row to consider no-notice inspections.

In 2009 the then chief schools inspector, Christine Gilbert, abandoned plans because of parental concerns that they would not be able to make their views known before an inspection.

In 2012 Sir Michael Wilshaw relented…

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Poorer pupils in England are a whole GCSE grade behind their peers in maths, report finds | schoolsnortheast

Research by Professors John Jerrim and Toby Greany at the UCL Institute of Education has revealed that 4 in 10 disadvantaged pupils are failing to reach the new GCSE standard pass mark of a grade 4 in maths.

The results showed that under the new numerical GCSE grades, the average maths result of pupils eligible for FSM in England is 3.8, just under the standard pass mark of 4.

The study converted the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) into GCSE grades, allowing for a direct comparison of pupil performance between…

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Teachers in UK report growing ‘vocabulary deficiency’  | schoolsnortheast

Teachers are encountering increasing numbers of children with stunted vocabularies – haunting many pupils from primary to secondary school – and they fear “vocabulary deficiency” will hold them back educationally and socially.

In response some schools said they had adopted approaches such as highlighting pupils’ use of informal words such as “innit” and encouraging them to improve and widen their use of language.

A survey of 1,300 primary and secondary school teachers across the UK found that more than 60% saw increasing incidents of underdeveloped vocabulary among pupils of all ages,…

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Education Select Committee  to investigate school and sixth-form funding | schoolsnortheast

It has been announced this week that the Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into school and sixth-form funding, and will consider whether a 10-year plan is needed to preserve ‘high quality’ education.

The Committee has asked for written submissions to be made by the 30th May on the resources needed to properly support schools.

MPs also want to hear about the effectiveness of targeted funding for specific pupil groups, such as the pupil premium, and will also investigate how the new national funding formula should be best implemented.They also want to hear evidence to…

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