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Labour pledges school fire safety overhaul

A future Labour government will put sprinkler systems in all new school buildings and pay to remove asbestos and flammable cladding from existing sites, the shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has announced. Today’s commitment forms part of a £14 billion capital investment pledged by Labour, which the party claims will “bring all schools up to a good standard”. This represents a slight increase on the £13 billion in school maintenance funding promised by the party in the run-up to last year’s election. Debate over fire safety in schools has intensified since the Grenfell Tower disaster last year, which killed 71 people and left hundreds homeless. The government has already been forced to review its plans to weaken guidance on the need or sprinkler systems, having previously claimed that additional spending on sprinklers “would significantly outweigh any relatively modest saving from preventing some damage to school buildings”. Now ministers are under more pressure after new figures released earlier this month revealed that of the 260 schools rebuilt as part of phase one of the government’s priority school building programme, just 74 have, or are planned to have, sprinklers fitted. The latest figures echo the findings of a Schools Week investigation last June, which found...

Damian Hinds: 4 things we learned from the new education secretary’s first interviews

Damian Hinds has given his first two major interviews since he was appointed as education secretary on January 8. The MP for East Hampshire has spoken to The Sunday Times, and appeared on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. Here’s what we learned… 1. More grammar schools will be encouraged to expand Although controversial proposals to open new grammar schools across England are dead in the water, the country’s existing 163 selective schools have Hinds’ “enthusiastic” backing to expand. The expansion of grammar schools is also a polarising issue; the decision in 2015 to allow the Weald of Kent grammar school to open an “annexe” on a site nine miles away was decried by critics as a move to open a new selective school by the back door. There has also been criticism of increases in capacity at grammars in some selective areas. Hinds told the Sunday Times he would “enthusiastically” back the expansion of England’s existing grammar schools, and said he was keen to support “good school places” where there was demand from parents. “What we are looking at is about the existing grammar schools, and schools in general where there’s demand from parents and they’re providing a good education...

Ofsted watch: ITP goes straight in with a ‘good’

An independent training provider scored a grade two on its first ever inspection, in a week otherwise characterised by a lack of change – as all other providers inspected have held onto their previous grades. Midlands-based Train Together was rated ‘good’ across the board in a report published February 16 and based on an inspection carried out in late January. “Highly valued” staff at the provider – which mainly delivers diploma programmes for adults in teaching support but has recently begin delivering apprenticeships – were “well qualified” with “highly relevant experience” and “high expectations of learners”. “Strong” relationships and links to local employers and communities were found to bring “positive benefits to businesses and learners”. “Adult learners develop good, relevant skills and knowledge as a result of their training”, the report said – although it noted that a “minority of trainers” did not support learners to “improve their English, mathematics and ICT skills beyond their starting point”. Sir George Monoux College held onto its ‘requires improvement’ rating, in a report published February 13 and based on an inspection carried out in early January. The sixth-form college received grade threes in all headline fields except leadership and management – which was...

Strike dates announced for colleges locked in pay dispute

College staff will go on strike over pay and conditions on the last day of February, with some adding March 1.  Notices have been issued to colleges in Sandwell and across London, informing them of the dates for a two-day strike over pay. “They are going to be on strike on February 28 and March 1,” a spokesperson for the University and Colleges Union said today, which applies to “all the affected London Colleges and Sandwell”. Sunderland College has also been issued notice for one day’s action on February 28, and talks for Sussex Coast College Hastings “are continuing”. It follows Monday’s announcement that staff at more than a dozen colleges had voted overwhelmingly to strike. “More strike dates will be announced if things cannot be resolved,” the union spokesperson added. “When they are will depend on how the individual disputes are progressing.” The colleges involved and how staff voted is set out in the table below: The dispute follows what another spokesperson described as “a disappointing” pay offer of one per cent, made last September by the Association of Colleges, which represents the colleges on pay. The National Joint Forum, made up of the unions representing college staff, had...