British history curriculum – what is being taught?

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The British Isles have a rich history. Britain has seen an industrial revolution, the rise of democracy, and government transform from a feudal system reliant on exploitation to carrying the responsibility to govern for the good of the people it represents. For many, a crowning achievement of this country was to stop the advance of Nazi Germany across Europe, thwarting …

DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

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Anyone who’s been in the education sector for a while will nod along appreciatively with DfE’s new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy.  The DfE seems to be finally on board with what education research and education practitioners have been saying for a long while: Competent and supported teachers and headteachers are what make education excellent for all students. From a …

Preparing for your Free School Interview

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If you were one of those who have worked assiduously to submit an application through the wave 13 free school round, you will no doubt be thinking about what can make you stand out from the competition when the Department for Education interviews start in early 2019. Whilst your experience will be personalised to your application and situation, there are …

DfE release details on the latest wave of special (SEN) and alternative provision (AP) free school applications.

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The DfE has now released details on the latest wave of special (SEN) and alternative provision (AP) free school applications. It has announced that they are committed to delivering around 30 new SEN and AP schools across England. Essentially, the process will be similar to the local authority (LA) commissioned special school round which was launched last year, following a …

£2.4 million fund opens for curriculum programme pilots

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The DfE have announced today that a £2.4 million funding pot will be available for schools to pilot knowledge-rich programmes in Science, History and Geography at Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3. This funding is a part of the £7.7 million Curriculum Fund which was announced in January this year, and has been introduced to deliver the more “challenging …

TES announces there could be industrial action over teacher pay

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A number of education unions have jointly sent a letter to Damian Hinds asking him to ‘decide urgently’ on his response to the School Teachers’ Review Body report on teachers’ pay for September 2018. With the ‘end of term imminent’ they are asking for the publication of both his response and the report as soon as possible. The organisations had …

Creating Opportunity for All? A wonkish plea for AP

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There were signs and there were rumours… There was the 2017 hybrid LA-DfE competition for special schools, which culminated in 14 of 19 Local Authorities appointing providers for their new schools (a partial success in the face of a flawed process). There were rumblings that independent schools would no longer be able to convert into the state sector via the …

MDIF ICFP (Annex K) – well done DfE!

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The timing is a little ironic; a story praising an approach taken by the DfE and everyone’s on half term! Nevertheless, praise where and when it is due. There was an audible groan of frustration heard at PAG towers when the Multi Academy Trust Development & Improvement Fund (MDIF) approval letter hit the mats of our client MATs. It appeared …