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GCSE grading campaigners launch bid for justice at High court

5 November 2012

While arguments rage over who is to blame for the GCSE debacle, the alliance of students, local authorities and schools has lodged legal papers at the High Court and is waiting to hear if it will be granted a judicial review in its fight to secure a regra


The new Ofsted Inspection Framework

1 November 2012

The sixth SecEd Guide To focuses on the early lessons schools can learn from the first months of the new Ofsted inspection regime. Produced with support from the Association of School and College Leaders, the Guide looks at the latest changes to the framework from September 2012. We hear from ...



Calls grow for UK-wide asbestos in schools audit

24 October 2012

Calls for a UK-wide audit of asbestos in schools have increased after councils in Wales were ordered to provide detailed information on the presence of the deadly material. It comes as the government issues guidance to schools on how to manage asbestos.






Plans to move heads between schools blasted

18 October 2012

A proposal to move headteachers in the Scottish capital between schools every five years has been criticised as "laughable and unworkable" by the general secretary of School Leaders Scotland (SLS).





Wales plans new GCSE benchmark

18 October 2012

At least six out of 10 pupils in Wales will be expected to gain five A* to C GCSEs or the equivalent under a new ambitious reform.


Star's educator parents inspire Teaching Awards ambassador role

18 October 2012

The celebrity ambassador for this year's Teaching Awards has been unveiled. The famous actress's mother is a deputy head of a special needs school while her father Des is a head of modern languages, something which inspired her to take on the role.



Virtual schools hit by council budget cuts

18 October 2012

Virtual schools have a hugely positive impact on the education of children in care, but there is "little evidence" that they are able to reduce the attainment gap, Ofsted has reported. Inspectors also found that budget cuts have led to a "significant redu


Fewer teens working

18 October 2012

The nation's 16 and 17-years-old are less likely to be employed now than a decade ago, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).


Creative pupils tackle racism and prejudice

18 October 2012

More than 1,000 pieces of creative writing and artwork tackling the theme of race equality and cultural diversity were celebrated at the finals of the Arts and Minds Awards 2012.


Students show their films at Tate Modern

18 October 2012

It is not often that GCSE art students get the chance to see their films shown at London's Tate Modern. But that is what happened to 28 year 11 pupils from Alderman Peel High School in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.



GCSE grading alliance will pursue justice in the courts

16 October 2012

Secondary school leaders have cast doubt on the efficacy of this autumn's GCSE English re-sits, fearing the exercise is unlikely to see any wholesale improvements in grades. It comes as the alliance of local authorities, schools, unions and individual pup


Staff 'polarised' by industrial action

11 October 2012

Industrial action by teaching unions in response to the coalition government's education reforms are polarising teachers' views on their unions' activities, according to a report.


EBacc subjects see spike in up-take

11 October 2012

Take-up of history and science GCSEs is at its highest for 20 years as a result of the English Baccalaureate league table measure.


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