Key Info.

Opening and closing maintained schools: Statutory guidance for proposers and decision-makers

The following is an extract from p8 of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance on the opening and closing of rural schools:

There is a presumption against the closure of rural schools. This does not mean that a rural school will never close, but the case for closure should be strong and a proposal must be clearly in the best interests of educational provision in the area. When producing a proposal, the proposer must carefully consider:

1..the likely effect of the closure of the school on the local community;

2..educational standards at the school and the likely effect on standards at neighbouring schools;

3..the availability, and likely cost to the LA, of transport to other schools;

4..any increase in the use of motor vehicles which is likely to result from the closure of the school,

5..and the likely effects of any such increase; and any alternatives to the closure of the school.

The full document is available here 16-04-06_FINAL_SO_Guidance_ED_Regs 1[7358]

Making significant changes to an open academy Departmental advice for all types of academy trust

The following is an extract from p9 of a Department for Education document that ‘…provides advice to academy trusts on what they need to do to make a significant change (which in general has an impact on the number, type and / or location of school places) to an open academy.’:

Where proposals are likely to have a significant impact on other local provision a full business case will usually be required to provide evidence that the education of children in the area, as a whole, will not be compromised. Where local provision is organised in three tiers and the aim is to move to two tier age range, the department expects schools to work together to ensure an appropriate co-ordinated implementation, and will only approve any individual proposal in that context.

The full document is available here:

Contact details and key meeting dates for useful contacts at Northumberland County Council

Useful contact info and dates for your diary

Useful information from the National Middle Schools’ Forum

Three Tiers for Success:
Managing Effective Transitions in Three Tier Systems:
Middle School Matters:
Other useful information from the Department for Education
Performance tables:
KS3 – The Wasted Years:
Other information that may prove useful
GL-Education – Pupil Attitudes to Self and School:
Schools Week – Nearly half of year 7 pupils make no progress in English:
TES – Pupils losing out as schools prepare for GCSE early, says Ofsted:
TES – 11 is too young for secondary school:

News Articles

School Size

Vulnerable students:

“What’s more, we know that the most vulnerable students are more likely to slip through the net at the largest schools. Smaller schools – where the headteacher knows every child’s name – are best-placed to help address bullying and the most troubled pupils. Free schools are the most popular type of school with parents and can help to raise standards as well as stem the tide of bullying in our schools.”

The full document is available here

Parent Power, cheery news!

School press: