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Training support for Head Teachers in Scotland.

Head teachers are to be offered a new package of training support as part of a £3.5m Scottish government scheme.

The Excellence in Headship programme aims to help school leaders "improve critical self-awareness, leadership of learning, lead system change and organisational effectiveness".

Education Secretary John Swinney made the announcement in Edinburgh.

The government later announced plans for the expansion of early learning entitlement in a Holyrood statement.

Mr Swinney also announced a £3m partnership with the Hunter Foundation for a series of leadership academies.

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Teach First CEO on expansion of Free Schools.

Government plants to open more Free Schools are too London-centric and risk neglecting children from the poorest regions of the country, the CEO and founder of Teach First has said.

Speaking to an audience at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Brett Wigdortz took a swipe at grammar schools, claiming that schools he had visited in Kent, which has a largely selective education system, were “some of the most depressing things” he’d ever seen.

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Headteachers force rethink on Progress 8.

Headteachers fear that a school's overall score on crucial accountability measure can be distorted by a handful of pupils
 

Mounting pressure from schools is forcing the government to look again at its new headline “fairer” secondary accountability measure, Progress 8, TES can reveal.

A growing number of heads have raised fears about how much a school’s overall score on the crucial measure can be distorted by poor performance from a handful of pupils. And their concerns have been backed up by research.

Now multiple sources have said that the Department for Education is responding by considering changes to the rules around Progress 8 (P8), possibly to limit the impact that an individual pupil can have on a school’s score.

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Outstanding grade problematic?

Dame Alison Peacock questions Ofsted's top grade and calls for secondary schools to make key stage 3 'a more compelling experience'
 

The chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching has added her voice to criticisms of Ofsted’s "outstanding" grade for schools.

Dame Alison Peacock told a headteacher’s conference on Friday that the top grade was "hugely divisive and very problematic".

Last June, incoming Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman told MPs on the Commons Education Select Committee that she was "quite uncomfortable" about some of the effects of the "outstanding" judgement, and that she wanted the possibility of scrapping it to be "fully discussed".

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Questions about GCSE English and Maths Resits.

Forcing resits on teenagers who do not get good GCSEs in English and maths is causing "significant problems", the new head of Ofsted has argued.

Amanda Spielman said the policy, introduced in 2013, was "well intentioned" but questioned whether it was "the right way forward".

She pointed out that only a third of students managed to improve their GCSE grades in resits last year.

Ministers say they aim to develop "credible" alternatives to resits.

In 2013, the coalition government introduced a policy that said students in England who fail to get at least C grades in the two subjects should carry on studying them until the age of 18, with the aim of meeting the standard. 

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