Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 23/05/2019

Government to look at IGCSE university entrance ‘loophole’ – Universities minister Chris Skidmore says government has the power to look at higher education admissions criteria. A Department for Education minister has said he is going to look at whether IGCSEs are being used by private schools as an unfair “loophole” to get their pupils university […]

Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 16/05/2019

Move work experience to sixth form and spread it throughout the year, says think tank – Work experience should take place in sixth form and beyond and be spread throughout the year, rather than happening through a “one off encounter” at age 14, according to a new report. Research published today by think tank LKMco […]

Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 02/05/2019

Councils place ‘unlawful hurdles’ in way of parents seeking SEND support – MPs hear that councils are ‘gatekeeping’ by setting criteria for needs assessments that are not required by legislation. Cash-strapped councils are putting “hurdles” in the way of parents seeking support for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) by setting “unlawful” criteria […]

Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 25/04/2019

Children do exams and assessments ‘more convoluted’ than at university – The system of assessment in Scotland is not fair, says headteacher Rod Grant I don’t think there is any doubt that our education system is quite stressed currently. This is largely to do with workload and the undeniable increase in paperwork brought about by […]

Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 18/04/2019

More pressure on housing developers to fund new school places – DfE outlines how councils can use planning laws to make sure that housing developers pay towards new schools The Department for Education is issuing new guidance which aims to make sure that councils get the most from their powers to force housing developers to […]