More maintained secondary schools go into the red

The number of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has risen to 26.1%, up from 8.8% three years ago. Schools in the south west were most affected, where 34.9% of schools were in deficit last academic year. The east of England had the lowest proportion of secondaries in deficit,…

Increase in numbers taking holidays during term time

Statistics released by the Department for Education show that there has been a rise in the number of pupils taken out of school to go on holiday. The overall unauthorised absence rate – pupils missing lessons for any reason without permission – rose from 1.1% to 1.3% between 2015-16 and…

Justine Greening, ex-education secretary, resigns

Justine Greening, ex-education secretary, has resigned from the government after refusing a job as work and pensions secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Read more here.

New Year Honours list 2018: Department for Education

130 people have been recognised for their services to education and driving forward social mobility in the 2018 New Year Honours list. Recipients recognised in the New Year Honours 2018 list have all been chosen for their outstanding contributions to society, in particular their work to give every child, whatever…

School governance: 12 things you should know about 2017

There has been plenty to consider for school governors in 2017. Naureen Khalid walks us through the year’s highlights (and the lowlights!) Another year has flown by and it’s time to review 2017. As Christmas is almost upon us, I’ve looked back at twelve things which stood out for me.

Born in the wrong place for good schools?

There is a widening geographical divide in access to high-performing schools in England, says a report from the Education Policy Institute. Between 2010 and 2015, London took an increasing share of the secondary schools where pupils were most likely to make good progress. But the report says areas in…

Careers Counsellor: The business case for becoming a school governor

I am five years PQE and think some governance experience would be good for me. My firm (mid-size City) is open to the idea of allowing me the flexibility to be a school governor, but I need to make the business case. Can you advise? Schools will benefit greatly from…

130 schools have not improved for more than a decade, Ofsted report finds

The report reveals 80 primary schools and 50 secondaries inspected this year have not been rated good at any point since 2005. Hundreds of underperforming schools are continuing to fail pupils despite targeted investment and attention, a report by the new chief inspector of schools has revealed. The…

Schools across Kent need to fill 564 governor vacancies

Schools across Kent are facing a governor recruitment crisis which is affecting children’s education, it’s been warned. Analysis of figures from Kent County Council (KCC) by the education charity Governors for Schools has highlighted there are 564 vacancies to be filled. Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks are short by 150, Ashford,…

My Legal Life Column: William Samengo-Turner

William Samengo-Turner talks about his legal career and how being a governor has been a significant highlight. I studied modern history but always had an interest in commercial law. Law is an industry with people at its heart. It has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most…

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