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Education chief: 'I would like to see many more academies'

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she would like to see "many more academies" in the state system.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Credit: PA

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, she said: "I am not going to set targets but I would like to see many more academies. We have made a pledge in the manifesto to have many more free schools as well."

NUT: 'We have a big problem with teacher supply'

The NUT has responded to headlines suggesting that headteachers could be sacked from failing schools, saying the education already has a "big problem" with teacher supply.

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Government plans new powers to sack school heads

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announces new powers to sack school heads amid a raft of planned changes to the education system.

Government announces new powers to sack school heads. Credit: PA

From day one, Regional Schools Commissioners will be able to bring in new leadership and support from other excellent schools and heads, and we will speed up the process of turning schools into academies to make sure that new expert leadership is found for all schools that need it as quickly as possible.

– Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

Writing in the Telegraph, Mrs Morgan announced a three point plan to tackling poor standards in state education:

  • New fast-track powers to intervene and take over the running failing schools within hours of a critical Ofsted judgment, turning them into academies outside council control
  • Hundreds of “coasting” schools will be required to produce urgent improvement plans or face being taken over and turned into academies
  • An “immediate start” opening 500 new state-funded “free schools” which would be created by parents' groups and charities

Education secretary announces crackdown on schools

The Education Secretary has warned that it is "unacceptable" for children to receive a single day of inadequate teaching once a school has been found to be failing.

Education secretary announces crackdown on schools. Credit: PA

Nicky Morgan, writing in the Telegraph, announce plans to immediately step in to intervene where a state school has been identified as failing. The Tories are promising to change the statute book to create hundreds of new academy schools, the newspaper reports.

Ms Morgan said an Education Bill in the Queen’s Speech next week would give her new powers to replace failing school leaders “from day one”.

New powers planned to sack 'coasting' headteachers

The Education Secretary will be granted new powers to take action in schools thought to be "coasting" and dismiss headteachers thanks to a new bill that will be introduced in the Queen's speech, it has been announced.

The move could potentially affect hundreds of schools in England.

Under the plans, so-called "coasting" schools - those that are not considered to be performing as well as they could be - will be put on an immediate notice to improve, and face being taken over, and turned into an academy if they fail to come up with a clear improvement plan. The school's leadership would also be replaced.

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Headteachers voice concern over infant testing

Headteachers have voiced their concerns today over the intended introduction of new literacy and numeracy checks for infants.

Delegates at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference said they were "deeply concerned" over the changes which are set to come in force from September 2016 and agreed to call on the government to "stop imposing external, educationally questionable tests on our youngest school children."

Infants aged between four and five-years-old could face literacy and numeracy tests as soon as they start school Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Under the outgoing government's reforms children aged four and five will be expected to undergo literacy and numeracy checks just weeks after they start in reception. The tests are optional but teachers say there will be pressure on school leaders to adopt them.

Naht delegate Judy Shaw warned the conference one of the main problems with the tests would be that children vary in age in a school year and so the results may not be a true reflection of their abilities.

She said: "They're harmful to child well-being. Children's ages, on entering the English schooling system can vary by as much as 12 months. Boys and the summer-born are likely to be particularly disadvantaged."

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