The minister answers

29 August 2013

When former headteacher and SecEd editorial board member Alex Wood met Scotland’s cabinet secretary for education, topics for discussion ranged from the Curriculum for Excellence and wellbeing to inspection and recruiting new school leaders.

Call for £3m to update ‘redundant’ textbooks

29 August 2013

Teachers and the Scottish government have started the 2013/14 session on a fractious note with the biggest union demanding an urgent injection of £3 million for up-to-date textbooks to support the new National qualifications.

No Ofsted outstanding unless Premium pupils make 'good progress'

5 July 2013

From September, it is “unlikely” that a school will be judged “outstanding” by Ofsted if its disadvantaged pupils are not making "good progress". The announcement comes alongside a raft of new league table measures centred on schools' Pupil Premium spendi

Treasury sets out education spending plans for 2015-2021

4 July 2013

The Treasury has confirmed plans to spend more than £21 billion on the school estate over the course of the next Parliament (2015 to 2021). The money will create 275,000 new primary and 245,000 new secondary school places, ministers say.

At a glance headlines: July 4, 2013

4 July 2013

New guidance to help schools meet their equality duties and a university-preparation summer school for autistic students are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for July 4, 2013.

Strike goes ahead after talks deadlock

27 June 2013

The first in a series of regional strikes by the two largest teaching unions were going ahead today (Thursday, June 27) after talks with the government broke down.

Is this the end of the Workload Agreement?

27 June 2013

Unions have voiced their anger this week as the Department for Education bid to axe limits on teachers’ working hours and cover duties. Ministers also want to scrap the list of 21 barred administration tasks. Pete Henshaw explains.

Schools sought for sport pilot project

27 June 2013

A charity is seeking schools to work on a pilot programme to develop strategies to close the gender gap in school sports after receiving more than £227,000 in government funding.

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