62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed but the government have pledged another 500

At least 62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed, at a cost of £138.5m. But undaunted, the government has pledged another 500 free schools by 2020. Some succeed, but consider the sheer extravagance of opening schools in the midst of austerity, whether … Continue reading 62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed but the government have pledged another 500

Leading Tory donor: “Put more money into schools … and turn around failing schools”

Harris’s comments about school funding came at a time of growing pressure on budgets, which have remained frozen while costs have gone up. Schools are now bracing themselves for increased pay rises for teachers without additional funds to pay for them. “They … Continue reading Leading Tory donor: “Put more money into schools … and turn around failing schools”

Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Over 27,000 newly qualified teachers since 2011 have already left the profession. Recent analysis shows that UK teachers are working longer hours than those in other countries and the pay cap has meant a real terms pay cut over the … Continue reading Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Teachers are using their own money to care for their students, it has been revealed. A survey found 51% of teachers have taken steps to provide care for poorer students, in some cases providing food, and in other cases money … Continue reading Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Head teacher Lindsey Cooke of Hanley Castle High School in Worcester had to ask parents to pay a voluntary £40 for text books after her budget was “slashed” by 12% since 2014. “We have made all the efficiency savings we … Continue reading Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Steve Coogan has accused the government of going through the backdoor to kill state education with “death by a thousand cuts”. He insists state education is “not a privilege – it’s a right.” He says he is not prepared to … Continue reading Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has accused the Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts, after a proposed £3m cut to school uniform grants in Northern Ireland. “Since the Tories came into power, we have … Continue reading Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses

The Office of Manpower Economics commissioned a report into the pay of public sector workers which reveals the scale of the austerity motivated pay freeze. The revelations show the scale of the pay freeze, with an estimated £3 pay fall … Continue reading Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses