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Education Secretary update on use of statistics.


Dear Angela,

Thank you for your letter to the Prime Minister about the use of statistics at Prime Minister’s Questions. The Prime Minister has asked me to respond on her behalf.

Ensuring the integrity of education statistics is very important. Any statements should be presented in a way that is both factually accurate and placed in the right context. I can confirm that the statement made by the Prime Minister at PMQs passes both of those tests.

Read the full letter.


Education Secretary speaks about Labour plans to end Academy strategy.

Education secretary Damian Hinds will launch a defence of free schools and academies in a speech to academies chiefs today.

Speaking at the launch of the Confederation of School Trusts at the British Library in London this morning, Mr Hinds will say that free schools and academies have led to more than half a million children now studying in "good" or "outstanding" sponsored academies that were once typically under-performing schools

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Will education Secretary crackdown on exclusions?

Schools which kick out unruly pupils to boost their league table position will be held to account, the Education Secretary has said.

Damian Hinds has warned that he is prepared to change the law in order to crack down on schools with high numbers of unfair expulsions.

There has been a rise in permanent exclusions in recent years, amid concerns that teachers are using them to get rid of students who they fear will drag the school's results down.

Between 2006/7 and 2012/13, the number of permanent exclusions reduced by nearly half. However, since then it has increased and over the past three years it has risen by 40 per cent.

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Labour in conflict over academies?

The Labour Party has shifted to a more hard-line policy on schools, saying it would scrap the current academy system.

But dozens of its own MPs are part of a group opening academies and planning to become one of England's biggest academy providers.

There are 37 "Labour and Co-operative" MPs - but when it comes to schools policy, the Labour and Co-operative parts of their title seem to be pulling in completely different directions.

The Co-op, part of the fibre of the Labour movement and a sponsor of MPs, is itself the sponsor of its own multi-academy trust - running academies.

But Angela Rayner, Labour's shadow education secretary, has a policy to stop the creation of any academies.

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Proposed revised inspection framework.

  • Amanda Spielman proposes 4 new inspection judgements
  • schools will no longer receive a separate grade for outcomes for pupils
  • focus will be on the substance of education and a broad curriculum
  • more involvement for classroom teachers
  • consultation on draft framework to be launched in January

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