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Department for Education reviewing its security advice for schools.

Former home secretary John Reid warns 'schools are among the major soft targets that should be protected'

The Department for Education is reviewing its security advice for schools in the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks.

The news follows calls from unions and security experts for the government to give schools information about whether they should practise lock down procedures in case of an emergency.

Labour peer Lord Harris of Haringey, a former member of the Police Counter Terrorism Board, last week asked ministers “what measures they are taking to protect nurseries and schools from terrorist attacks”.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford told peers: “Clearly, the last year has been unprecedented in terms of security generally and our schools are no less vulnerable.

“The DfE is currently reviewing its health, safety and school security advice, giving consideration to how guidance material can improve advice that is given to schools.”

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Review by MPs of Unis offering unconditional offer "for fees".

MPs are to review whether students applying to universities are being offered unconditional places in order to secure their fees.

The number of unconditional offers made by universities rose more than 17-fold in five years.

Unconditional offers mean students do not have to worry about the grades they get in their A-levels.

Robert Halfon, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, said he was "very concerned" about the issue.

"It's one of the reasons why our committee is doing a value-for-money inquiry into universities and higher education.

"I think part of it is unfortunately just to do with resources and funding.

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Is Ofsted a 'force for improvement'?

A recent statement tweeted by Ofsted said it existed to be a ‘force for improvement’. It is, of course, deluded.

The wording itself is not the friendliest either: ‘a force’? Maybe Amanda Spielman is a fan of Star Wars, but the Force certainly isn’t with Ofsted.

Strong leaders improve schools – strong leaders made accountable by an effective governing body or academy trust. It is quite worrying that Ofsted genuinely thinks it improves schools.

Does the Football Association improve the way football teams play? No, the difference being it doesn’t claim to. It is self-importance – grandeur – on an unprecedented scale.

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The future of the Durand Academy in dispute.

Durand's future

The government made a recent decision that will fundamentally change the role we play in the local community and which could have dramatic consequences on the way the school runs and operates.

The government have taken a decision to merge Durand into the Harris Federation chain of academies. Whilst we respect what Harris have achieved elsewhere in London, we don't believe this decision will allow Durand to continue playing it's unique role in the community.

Instead, we are urging the Department for Education to allow us to seek a partnership with the outstanding Dunraven Academy; a move supported by teachers, parents, pupils and our local MP. 


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Barriers removed from entering teaching.

Aspiring teachers across the country are set to benefit from a number of changes designed to allow them to begin training, and make a difference in the classroom, more quickly.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has today (12 February) announced that thousands of would-be teachers are now eligible for three attempts at the professional skills tests they must pass to begin Initial Teacher Training (ITT) before they incur any cost, rather than one.

On top of this change – worth up to £77 per candidate – the government has removed the lock-out period that previously prevented candidates from re-taking tests for two years if they had been unsuccessful in two re-sits.

The changes follow feedback from the teaching profession and remove financial and administrative barriers – ensuring capable trainees do not give up on their hopes of becoming a teacher while they wait to re-take the tests.

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