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Jewish school faces closure.

Jewish school faces closure for refusing to teach its young girls transgender issues despite its religious ethos being praised four years ago

  • Vishnitz Girls School has become an unlikely battleground for LGBT rights 
  • The Haredi Jewish tradition dictates the separation of genders in schooling 
  • But Ofsted is insisting that it teach about homosexuality and transgender issues
  • Inspectors have now graded it as a failing school, based on this sole issue
  • The school has to choose between a key religious principle or closing do

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Online register of interests for key academy decision makers out of date.

Online register of interests for key academy decision makers was almost a year out of date

The extent of the secrecy surrounding decisions about academies has been laid bare by a Tes analysis highlighting the volume of information kept from the public.

Only 3 per cent of the documentation relating to one cycle of headteacher board (HTBs) meetings in October and November last year was published.

The eight HTBs across England advise and challenge regional schools commissioners (RSCs), whose powers include turning schools into academies and deciding who runs them.

During this cycle, the HTBs received 1,016 pages of documents, but only 32 pages of minutes were published.

And even when Tes obtained the full set of papers using the Freedom of Information Act, they were heavily censored, with most of the information blacked out in 295 pages.

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The end to 'forced' academisation?

Education secretary says current system makes good teachers think twice about going to schools where they are needed. But she denies existence of forced academisation

Justine Greening has signalled that she wants to move away from a “purely punitive intervention” in struggling schools that is making it hard for them to recruit good teachers.

The education secretary was speaking this morning at the Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Summit 2017.

She said: “We do need to move away from a perception of a reliance on a pure punitive intervention approach. We need to, moreover, move towards a culture of having the right support in the right places at the right time, and I think for too long our strategy hasn’t had that breadth to it, and perhaps that clarity around it.

“My approach is to much more target and support and lift up those areas. It’s about having a clear plan to improve the schools in these areas, a plan everyone can buy into at a local and the national level.”

She said this did not mean she planned to change the system of floor standards used to identify failing schools.

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Will the Free School programme be cut back?

Greening reportedly examining how to get 'maximum value for every [school] place we can create' 


Ministers are considering cutting back plans to build hundreds of new free schools in an attempt to plug a gap in the education budget, it has been reported.

The government is struggling to meet a Conservative manifesto pledge to increase education budgets by £4 billion after being forced to abandon plans to scrap universal free school meals for infants, The Times reported.

One option said to be being looked at was scaling back – or dropping – plans for more free schools, which allow parents charities and other groups to set up state-funded schools free from local authority control.

The Conservative general election manifesto promised to build "at least a hundred" new free schools every year.

Abandoning or watering down the programme would be seen as another break with the legacy of David Cameron, who introduced free schools under the former coalition government.

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1% pay rise for teachers.

Teachers' pay in England and Wales will have to stay within austerity pay limits - with another year of increases restricted to 1%.

It will mean another real-terms pay cut for more than 500,000 teachers in England and Wales.

The pay review body - which was obliged to keep pay rises to 1% - has expressed its concern.

The cap on pay, initially of 0% and then 1%, has been in place since 2010, as part of austerity measures.

The National Union of Teachers says that successive years of below-inflation pay deals has seen teachers' pay fall in real terms by 13%.

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