Bridget Phillipson

Eight Key Takeaways from Bridget Phillipson’s First Sector Address

PAG Staff2024, Article, DfE, Early Years, free schools, Government reporting, Interview, Policy, Profiles, Schools

Eight Key Takeaways from Bridget Phillipson’s First Sector Address1. Ofsted’s Expanded RoleIn her first live Q&A session with ther education sector, Bridget Phillipson emphasised integrating Ofsted’s school inspections with broader child services and promised a reform to the way inspections are scored and presented, as well as suggesting MATs will soon be inspected by the body.2. Curriculum ReviewA comprehensive review …

Education Policy

What Labour’s victory could mean for education policy

PAG Staff2024, Article, Case Studies, free schools, Government reporting, Policy, Schools, SEND

What Labour’s victory could mean for education policyWith the projected Labour victory seemingly all but confirmed after yesterday’s General Election, a new government means a shift towards new policies. Below we take a look at the education policy Labour laid out while on the campaign trail; from the controversial plan to tax independent schools to delivering free breakfast clubs for …

Education policies

Major Parties’ Key Education Policies

PAG Staff2024, Article, Early Years, free schools, Inequalities, Leadership, Policy, Schools, SEND

The Major Parties’ Key Education PoliciesThe UK general election is tomorrow, and education is a key issue for many voters up and down the country. Here’s a detailed roundup of the major parties’ key education policies, giving you a clear understanding of the parties addressing the issues vital to you.The Conservative PartyThe Conservative party is focusing it’s education policies on …

SEND budgets

The Growing SEND Budget Crisis

PAG Staff2024, alternative provision, Article, Case Studies, DfE, Early Years, free schools, Fund, Local Authorities, Schools, SEND

The Growing SEND Budget CrisisCouncils across England are facing alarming shortfalls in their SEND budget, critical for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The BBC recently uncovered that councils predict a deficit nearing £1 billion in funds allocated for these students. This shortfall is exacerbated by increasing demands and mounting financial pressures on local authorities.Escalating Deficits and …

AI in education

AI in Education

PAG Staff2024, AI, Article, Case Studies, Leadership, online resources, Policy, Safeguarding, Schools

AI in EducationArtificial intelligence (AI) is making significant inroads into the UK’s educational landscape. According to a recent Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) survey, about half of the educators in the UK are leveraging AI tools such as ChatGPT and Google Bard for various aspects of their teaching. This surge in AI usage is transforming educational practices, both offering promising opportunities …

New teachers

Labour’s Education Pledge: Recruiting 6,500 New Teachers

PAG Staff2024, Article, Capacity Mapping, Government reporting, Leadership, Policy, Recruitment, Schools, Uncategorised

Labour’s Education Pledge:Recruiting 6,500 New TeachersLabour has renewed its commitment to education by pledging to recruit 6,500 additional teachers, emphasising this move as a cornerstone of their broader vision for systemic sector change. This commitment, part of Labour’s six “first steps for change” should the party come into government, is aimed at addressing the persistent challenges of teacher shortages in …

pupil wellbeing

School Pilot Aims to Boost Pupil Wellbeing and Social Skills

PAG StaffArticle, Case Studies, DfE, free schools, Inequalities, Leadership, Schools

School Pilot Aims to Boost Pupil Wellbeing and Social Skills All Saints Catholic College, located near Ladbroke Grove in North Kensington, is launching a 10-week pilot program that aims to extend school hours and ban phones in an effort to improve pupil wellbeing and enhance communication skills. The initiative, designed to somewhat mimic a “private school service” at a fraction of …

school funding

Revolutionising School Funding in England

PAG Staff2024, Article, DfE, free schools, Fund, Inequalities, Local Authorities, Policy, Schools

Revolutionising School Funding in England In a thought-provoking and timely report released by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) this month, the educational landscape in England is poised for a transformative shift through proposed reforms to school funding. Titled “Funding Futures”, this detailed document underscores the urgent need for a funding system that is both fair and sufficient, amidst a backdrop …

SEND transport

The Rising Cost of SEND Transport

PAG Staff2024, alternative provision, Article, free schools, Governance, Independent schools, Inequalities, Local Authorities, Schools, SEND

The Rising Cost of SEND Transport In recent years, councils across England have faced a significant financial challenge that has largely flown under the radar: the skyrocketing cost of providing school transport for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). A comprehensive investigation by the BBC has laid bare the extent of this issue, revealing a nearly doubled expenditure within …

Academy conversion

Academy Conversion Grant Changes

PAG Staff2024, Article, bid writing, DfE, free schools, Policy, Schools, Transition

Academy Conversion Grant Changes In a significant development, the Department for Education (DfE) has updated the eligibility criteria for maintained schools considering conversion to academy or trust status. This change, announced just yesterday (21/03/24), aims to streamline the conversion process and encourage a more collaborative, community-driven approach among schools. Let’s delve into what this means for schools and the strategic implications …