Education insight

This week...

We're reading Lee Elliot Major's piece on how we make sure disadvantaged children don't lose out with the new exam system?

We're watching the BBC report on knives in the classroom.

We're listening to the Guardian audio long read on the battle over dyslexia.

Education facts, stats and figures

Every lesson shapes a life

Types of school

Children must get an education between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16. However, the type of school they attend can differ.

Membership bodies

Get into teaching

Get into teaching with support and advice from the Department for Education. All your questions answered.

Department for Education single departmental plan

Single departmental plan setting out the key priorities of the Secretary of State for Education.

Spending on schools in England

How much does the government spend on education and how is it calculated?

Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England.

It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.

Do schools kill creativity?

Performance tables - Find and compare schools in England

school admission criteria

Children with special educational needs

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. 

Social media advice for teachers

This insight looks at key questions posed by teachers about how to manage the growing role of social media.

Safeguarding children

We all have a part to play in keeping children safe and need to be alert to the signs to neglect or abuse.

Health & Safety guidance for schools

Striking the right balance so that the real risks are managed and learning opportunities are experienced to the full is not easy.

Tackling bullying in schools

Top tips for teachers and school staff.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Draft for consultation: July 2018

Department for Education

Find out who's who and keep up to date with the latest news, reports and policy documents from the Department for Education.

Shadow Education Cabinet

Search here for the shadow education ministers holding Gavin Williamson et al. to account.


The national curriculum

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education.

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Think Tanks

Secondary school accountability measures

Information for schools about secondary school accountability measures, including Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

New GCSE grades 1-9

How the new grades compare with the old ones.

Explaining SATS

What are SATS tests and what are they for?

T Levels, what are they?

From 2020, T Levels will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A levels and will help them to get a skilled job.

Teachers – everyday heros

Education bloggers

Education Acronyms

Education is full of acronyms which can be confusing for anyone in and around education.

Post school options