Month: February 2013

Building concern over the basics

As tensions between the state government and the Australian Education Union escalate, schools face increasing uncertainty about the year ahead. ICTORIA’S reshaped but shrunken Education Department isn’t exactly headless, but its chieftains have yet to appoint the underlings who will

Schools could do better with pupil premium, says Ofsted

A significant minority of schools in England are still not spending extra funding for poor pupils effectively, warns an education inspectors’ report. Some schools struggle to show how they use pupil premium payments, aimed at raising the achievements of poor

UK weak in school fairness rankings

The UK is below average in an international comparison of social mobility within school systems. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produces rankings of school performance – but it has now published an analysis of fair opportunities for

Call for ‘vigour’ in national curriculum

An “outdated” measure of educational achievement, focused on a narrow group of academic subjects, is being pushed by the government, Labour has claimed. The party said Education Secretary Michael Gove thought children should only follow academic qualifications. Shadow education secretary

Gove sets out ‘core knowledge’ curriculum plans

Pupils should be taught a robust “core knowledge” of facts and information, the education secretary has said, setting out the principles of his curriculum changes. In a speech on Tuesday, Michael Gove promised to rid the curriculum of “vapid happy