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BBC News: Education

Schools go green to support Grenfell fire victims

Pupils in schools across England go green to show their support for the Grenfell fire victims.

Heads worried tuition fee pledge for teachers to be dropped

Will the promise of tuition fee relief for teachers be the next education policy to be scrapped?

Leading universities rated 'bronze' under new ranking system

Universities are now ranked bronze, silver or gold for their standard of undergraduate teaching.

Number of families made homeless rises by 17%

Official figures reveal the number of people made homeless in the past year is up a fifth on five years ago.

Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest

They wanted to wear shorts, but were told that breached their school's uniform policy.

Magna Academy seeks disciplinarian to lead 'behaviour correction unit'

Director of Isolations and Detentions must show "tough love" in school's "behaviour correction unit".

Queen's Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Grammar schools and scrapping free meals for infants disappear from the government's education plans.

Heads warn parents of 'cash-starved schools'

Head teachers are sending letters to two million families in England warning of a funding crisis.

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Department for Education

Transparency data: Non-consolidated performance-related payments (NCPRP)

Updated: Added 2016 payments.

Data about non-consolidated performance-related payments (NCPRP) that DfE makes each year to staff who are in their post on 31 March. These are one-off payments - they are not a permanent part of a salary.

Collection: Statistics: national achievement rates tables

Updated: Update on the provision of comparable data to the 2015 to 2016 national achievement rates tables in the future.

2015 to 2016 National achievement rates tables

A range of outputs on the 2015 to 2016 qualification achievement rates (QARs), produced to that year’s published methodology, have been provided here. More detail on methodology is available here.

National achievement rates tables (NARTs) are intended to provide estimates against the published methodology for that particular year.

The implementation of the improved methodology for the 2015 to 2016 qualification achievement rates led to a significant impact on the estimates compared to previous years. Therefore for the first time, we published a three-year comparison at the national level as part of the further education (FE) and skills statistical first release (SFR).

We are now assessing how we can publish additional information that allows for some comparability at provider level for earlier years based on 2015 to 2016 methodology. These years will be the same as those provided at national level in the SFR. There will be limitations as estimates will not fully replicate the 2015 to 2016 methodology for previous years’ data. We will announce a date for when we will be able to provide this information as soon as possible.

National achievement rates tables

The NARTs are summary indicators of performance in apprenticeships and education and training. Individual providers use the data to benchmark their own targets and actual performance.

We produce the NARTs annually after the production of the qualification achievement rate reports.

For more information including headline statistics for these or any other FE data, please see the FE and skills SFR collection, the FE data library collection, and the NARTs collection.

Official Statistics: National achievement rates tables 2015 to 2016

Updated: Update on the provision of comparable data to the 2015 to 2016 national achievement rates tables in the future.

A range of outputs on the 2015 to 2016 qualification achievement rates (QARs), produced to that year’s published methodology, have been provided here. More detail on methodology is available here.

National achievement rates tables (NARTs) are intended to provide estimates against the published methodology for that particular year.

The implementation of the improved methodology for the 2015 to 2016 qualification achievement rates led to a significant impact on the estimates compared to previous years. Therefore for the first time, we published a three-year comparison at the national level as part of the further education (FE) and skills statistical first release (SFR).

We are now assessing how we can publish additional information that allows for some comparability at provider level for earlier years based on 2015 to 2016 methodology. These years will be the same as those provided at national level in the SFR. There will be limitations as estimates will not fully replicate the 2015 to 2016 methodology for previous years’ data. We will announce a date for when we will be able to provide this information as soon as possible.

National achievement rates tables

The NARTs are summary indicators of performance in apprenticeships and education and training. Individual providers use the data to benchmark their own targets and actual performance.

We produce the NARTs annually after the production of the qualification achievement rate reports.

For more information including headline statistics for these or any other FE data, please see the FE and skills SFR collection, the FE data library collection, and the NARTs collection.

Transparency data: Open academies and academy projects in development

Updated: Removed the list for March and added lists for April, May and June.

These spreadsheets show:

the total number of open academies in England details of schools that are in the process of getting academy status progress schools are making towards converting to academy status sponsored academy projects in development and the agreed sponsor

We update this spreadsheet monthly as more academies open. We aim to publish these updates in the first week of the month.

You can also read details of open free schools and free schools in the pre-opening stage.

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Guidance: Cloud software services: how schools should protect data

Updated: Updated suppliers list in document.

This is for:

local authorities school leaders school staff governing bodies

It applies to:

local-authority-maintained schools academies and free schools

It outlines how schools need to consider data security when moving services and information onto the cloud.

Collection: Further Education Commissioner intervention reports

Updated: Added letter ending FE Commissioner intervention for Stanmore College and moved 'FE Commissioner intervention report: Stafford College' to 'closed interventions'.

The FE Commissioner assesses FE colleges and other institutions if they:

are rated inadequate by Ofsted receive a notice of concern from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) over their finances fail to meet SFA minimum standards

The commissioner carries out an assessment and reports to the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister setting out his recommendations for how the FE college or provider can improve.

The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills then writes to the chair of governors of the college or provider, setting out the outcome of the intervention assessment and confirming the next steps.

Notice: End of FE Commissioner intervention: Stafford College

Updated: Updated to reflect the college's removal from FE Commissioner intervention due to a successful merger with Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Stafford College is removed from FE Commissioner intervention following its successful merger with Newcastle-Under-Lyme College on 1 November 2016 to form the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG).

See also:

summary of the FE Commissioner David Collins’ findings and recommendations following his intervention visit to Stafford College former Minister for Skills Nick Boles’ letter to the council setting out the outcome of the intervention assessment and confirming the next steps to be taken.

These reports are produced in line with our commitments in ‘Intervention in further education – the strengthened intervention process’.

Transparency data: DfE monthly workforce management information: 2017 to 2018

Updated: Added May 2017 data.

Details about the number of people working for the DfE group, and payroll costs for permanent staff and contractors.

The DfE group includes:

Department for Education (DfE) Education Funding Agency (EFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Standards and Testing Agency (STA) Skills Funding Agency (SFA) The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

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Education Guardian

Are you in with the in crowd? | Mitch Prinstein

The way we deal with popularity at school stays with us for life. But, asks Mitch Prinstein, is it our true self?

At an early point in childhood, we all worked out how popular we really were. Either we knew we were admired and began to worry about maintaining our special influence over others, or we recognised that others were more popular than ...

Theresa May begins Britain's withdrawal from the EU – cartoon

Chris Riddell on the start of Brexit negotiations, one year on from the referendum

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Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate

Game takes off in primaries as a way to lure pupils away from their phone screens

The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as “a complex and difficult group”. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends.

“The first time I saw them playing ch...

Secret Teacher: my school is an echo-chamber for leftwing views

Most of the parents and teachers vote Labour and don’t do enough to help students understand other points of view

I teach in a mixed comprehensive in a constituency where on 8 June over two-thirds voted Labour, where an overwhelming majority voted Labour in the most recent mayoral vote, and where Labour has been the largest party on the local cou...

Exeter school’s uniform resolve melts after boys’ skirt protest

Isca academy in Devon to ditch policy that boys must wear trousers even in a heatwave after ‘box-pleat rebellion’ caught global attention

The US constitution has long guaranteed the right to bear arms – but now the schoolboys of Exeter have gone one better and won the right to bare legs.

Britain’s heatwave this week sparked open rebellion at Isca...

Exeter’s schoolboys in skirts follow a proud tradition of breaking the rules ...

Those who think education is all about discipline are missing the point. Defying authority is part of growing up

Devising ways to assert autonomy is at the heart of the condition of being human. It is a powerful and necessary instinct and the more that it involves subverting authority, the more beguiling the challenge. From that point of view, th...

Stop censoring student journalists – we're trying to hold universities to acc...

Student journalists are just doing their job when they investigate university and student union matters. They shouldn’t be censored

Student journalism is often – and rightly – applauded for the work it does at universities across the country. Many of the bylines that now sit atop newsprint began their days in student newsrooms, chasing stories ac...

School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absence

Jon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayer

A father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.

Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all the w...

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