Examining the Examiners

Ofqual has published data showing that in 2013, 54,400 exam papers were re-marked for GCSE and A Level exams – nearly one fifth higher than the previous year. Criticism about...


Duty of Care – and Extension to Third Parties

The Supreme Court has extended the circumstances in which liability for injuries to children should be borne by local authorities or schools. This is an important judgement, as it relates...


Infant Class Sizes And Appeals

Since 2000, the Infant Class Size Regulations state that an infant class must not contain more than 30 pupils per qualified teacher, with some very limited exceptions. However for many...


The Children and Families Bill

As the Children and Families Bill is making its way through Parliament, the new draft Code and Regulations for Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision have been published. The wholesale changes...


School Funding and Changes to SEN Funding

School funding is in a state of never ending change, and business managers, governing bodies and senior management teams are struggling to work through the various funding changes. Special educational...


An Interesting Case of Employment, Safeguarding and Dismissals

A recent decision in the Reading Employment Tribunal has raised a number of issues that schools must consider when looking at safeguarding and dismissals. Mr Hammond was a teacher at...


Changes to School Governance from September 2013

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st September 2013. The government has been looking at the way governing bodies function and is...


Imposed Academy Transfers – Where is Parental Preference?

There have been reports in the media about parents who are furious about the imposed transfer of their community maintained primary school to an academy within the Harris chain of academies....


Hotels and Offices – the Future for Free Schools?

Earlier this year the Department for Education announced bold plans for the establishment of Free Schools. Education Secretary Michael Gove stated: “I want to make it as easy as possible for Free...


A Levels – Turning Back the Clock?

Education Minister Michael Goves’ determination to review almost every aspect of schools, education and exams continues. Mr Gove has indicated a return to more traditional A Levels, with exams at...


Academies – Ready or Not, Here they Come

The dilemma schools face as to whether to convert to academy status gets more complicated as time goes by. 55% of secondary schools have now converted, and primary school conversion...


School Staff Retention and Recruitment – Who Pays the Piper?

As part of a review of public sector pay and conditions, the School Teachers’ Review Body has made a number of recommendations that it hopes will help staff retention and...


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