News / UK by Press Association 31/08/2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter England is facing a secondary school places “emergency” with more than 130,000 children at risk of missing out on places over the next five years, town hall bosses have warned. In 2023/24, over half of councils in England may be struggling to keep up with demand in their area, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The school system has been put under pressure in recent years due to a rise in the school-age population. This has been fuelled by a rise in the birth rate in the early 2000s that has now made its way through primary schools and is moving into secondaries. The LGA said that according to its analysis of government figures, by 2023/24, 71 English councils (52%) may not be able to meet the need for 133,926 secondary school places. It also said that unless more secondary school places were created, 13 … [Read more...] about England facing secondary school places ’emergency’, councils warn
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Slashed budgets have been blamed for England’s school inspectors only providing a “snapshot” of standards compared to the “comprehensive picture” they did around two decades ago, the UK’s spending watchdog has found. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) spent 52% less in real terms in 2017/18 than it did in 1999/2000, a National Audit Office (NAO) report said. At the turn of the Millenium, a team of 16 to 17 inspectors would go into every secondary school for a whole week typically every six or seven years, senior Ofsted officials said. Now, the typical “good” school gets two inspectors for one day approximately every four years, and up to four inspectors for a couple of days if it is in special measures, with re-inspection within 30 months. Director of corporate strategy Luke Tryl said: “We’re now at the limit of what we can do. “We can’t pretend that we’re … [Read more...] about Spending Cuts Have Corroded Standard Of School Inspections, Watchdog Warns
Hundreds of schools in England have not been inspected for at least a decade, a report has revealed, prompting criticism that parents are not getting an accurate picture of standards. Ofsted has called on the government to overhaul the system, introduced by then education secretary Michael Gove, which exempts schools rated “outstanding” from routine inspection. The result of the policy is that more than 1,600 schools have not been inspected for at least six years and 296 have not faced inspection for at least 10 years. The figures were revealed in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) which said that Ofsted had faced consistent cuts to its budget and warned that there was now “a lack of clarity” over how to judge the quality of schools. Read more Government urged to stop ‘choking schools’ with Ofsted inspections Luke Tryl, director of corporate strategy at Ofsted, said that exemption from inspection was not … [Read more...] about Hundreds of schools have not been inspected by Ofsted for 10 years, figures show
William J. Kole The Associated Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 BOSTON — The 171-year-old candy maker known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little inscribed hearts that are everywhere on Valentine's Day was sold in bankruptcy court Wednesday. The Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. had the winning $18.83 million bid for the New England Confectionery Co., or Necco, at a federal bankruptcy auction in Boston. The deal from the company that makes Dum Dums lollipops will most likely ensure a future, at least in the short term, for some of the nation's most familiar candies. "They're a crowd favorite," said Chris Baker, who sells Necco candies at his Old Country Store & Emporium in Mansfield, Mass. "I like to see our traditions continue. Any time we lose one, it's a loss for all of us. And this is something that everybody's had a million times." Necco's court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Harry Murphy, said the company's suitors were mainly interested in its … [Read more...] about Bankrupt Necco Wafers maker New England Confectionery sold at auction to Spangler Candy
In light of the recent spate of queries from readers, both near and far, hoping to solve mysteries emanating from the discovery of old photos, it would be good to have a budding Sherlock Holmes on the Gazette staff. However, in the absence of the eminent detective or any other super-sleuth, the solution to the problem is, well, elementary – I’ll ask you, the readers for help.So this is the latest poser, and it comes from across the Atlantic, via the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.And it’s thanks once more to Adam Bell, Assistant Keeper, Social History, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums who passed on this email from Brad Purinton.Brad wrote: “I’m a collector of old photographs in Vermont.“Last year I bought a carte-de-visite (CDV) (a small photographic portrait of a person or persons, mounted on a piece of card) from a dealer here in New England that was made by Ainsley & Runciman in South Shields.“I don’t know anything … [Read more...] about Can you help New Englander solve Shields mystery?