Is your child starting school in September? Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports on the scramble for primary places in the region.
Teachers across the West Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow forcing the closure of many schools.
Teachers across the East Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow forcing the closure of many schools.
After the Department for Education rejected plans for a new Free School in Newark, project manager Tony Henton, says it will not put an end to their efforts:
– Newark Free School's project manager Tony Henton
We're not giving up. We're going out this weekend to try and recruit that extra 25 people we need so we can go back to the government... Ultimately we haven't met the target that was set and now we have to go and meet it... It's still true that parents of 800 children in Newark would rather send their children to school outside Newark. We want to change that.
Plans for a new free school in Newark have been rejected by the government.
The school failed to meet the strict criteria for government funding and did not obtain the 75 students necessary.
The Department for Education told Nottinghamshire County Council they would not to be approving the Newark School of Enterprise.
Following an inspection of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham by Ofsted on 13 and 14 November, the academy has been placed in special measures.
The head teacher, Andy Kilpatrick said:
“Since September 2012, we have been working hard to improve the quality of education offered to our students. We have come a long way but still have a long way to go. The Ofsted outcome is a disappointment but not a surprise."
· Despite a marked improvement this summer, GCSE results are still significantly below national averages
· The progress of students in English, maths and science is not rapid enough and more good teaching is needed to make this happen
· Achievement in the sixth form is weak at AS level because, until 2013, students had been studying for qualifications that did not match their abilities
· Teachers’ expectations of what students are capable of need to continue to be heightened
· Although students feel safe at the Academy, self-discipline has to be further instilled and there is a need for greater consistency among teachers in applying the Academy’s systems for supporting good behaviour
· The levels of student attendance, although improving, remain too low.
However, the inspectors found that the head teacher, the leadership team and the governors have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to improve the Academy.
It has been confirmed today that seven Nottingham secondary schools have been judged "inadequate" following a blitz Ofsted inspection in the city last month.
They are Hadden Park High School, Big Wood School, Farnborough School Technology College, Bulwell Academy, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham University Samworth Academy and Ellis Guilford School.
The Ofsted ratings were widely expected. All of the schools have been placed into special measures except Ellis Guilford which has serious weaknesses.
The city has already set up an A-team of council leaders and education experts, called the Nottingham Challenge Board, in response to the inspections with the task of raising standards.
Louise Soden, Ofsted regional director for the East Midlands, said: "The outcome of these inspections is a serious concern.
"They will receive a monitoring inspection once a term until they come out of special measures.
"I will be working with the local authority, academy sponsors and head teachers through the Nottingham Challenge Board to ensure all children in the city have the chance to go to a good school as soon as it is possible."
A campaign has been launched in Leicestershire to remind motorists to 'Stop for the Lollipop'.
New signs, that say: 'Stop for the Lollipop, it's the law', will go up around the county in the coming weeks.
The signs will be placed in areas where there has been an issue with drivers failing to stop when instructed to do so.
Many schools have closed today as teachers strike across the East and West Midlands, with teaching unions taking action over plans to change pensions and the way teachers are paid.
Parents in Derby have given mixed reaction to today's strikes.
More than a thousand striking teachers have marched through Birmingham over changes to their pay and pensions.
They are unhappy about government plans to introduce performance related pay.
They also say a 1% pay rise this year and previous pay freezes have cut their wages and they are being asked to pay more into their pensions.
Teachers have been protesting across the Midlands today over pay and pensions.
Many schools are closed as teachers strike, with teaching unions taking action over plans to change pensions and the way teachers are paid.
Speaking at a protest in Nottingham today, one campaigner told ITV News Central: "We are gathering for the soul of education, we believe this government has cut back things to such an extent that we have got to make a stand."
Teachers in Birmingham have gone on strike today in a continuing dispute with the Government over education reforms.