Headteacher resigns in protest government's academy plan
The government's decision to announce a plan that would see all schools in England and Wales removed from local authority power and turned into academies has been criticised for the past few weeks, and now a headteacher has quit his position in protest against the plans.
Since the government announcement, various teachers' unions up and down the country have carried out protests... »
Training applicant numbers fall year-on-year
The number of young people applying to get onto teacher training courses has fallen in the last year, according to the latest statistics released by the body that deals with college and university applications.
UCAS data shows that this year's applicant numbers for teacher training courses were down, with as many as 6.5 per cent fewer people looking to get themselves onto such... »
Ministers accused of failing to listen after dropping reception tests
Ministers have been accused of failing to listen to sound advice they were given by teachers' unions after they eventually chose to shelve plans to introduce new baseline testing for reception pupils across England and Wales.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the tests would be scrapped for this year, because the three testing systems that were being used would have proven... »
Do schools now see libraries and books as 'obsolete'?
The rise of technology is often seen as a fantastic way to bring education into the modern world, but could the use of such devices actually be harming schools? According to one union, they are, with more libraries facing cuts as head teachers see books as old fashioned and somewhat obsolete.
According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' annual conference, too many schools... »
Top five ways to get pupils paying attention
Every class has those few pupils who it is hard to gain the attention of throughout the day. At some points, it'll be just one or two, and then for harder and drier lessons it can sometimes feel like the whole class's attention has gone on holiday and left their empty shells in front of you, refusing to learn.
Here, we take a look at some novel ways to help pupils pay attention... »
Top 10 ways teachers can help themselves become a success
We all want to be the very best we can be each and every time we step into the classroom, but from time to time, it can feel like we're on an uphill struggle to do so, and everyone can use some help when it comes to being the best teacher possible.
So here we take a look at just a few of the very best tips around that teachers can use to make sure they are the very best they can... »
Top ways teachers can modernise homework
Homework; it's one of those things that's been part of the school life of each and every pupil who has gone to school for what feels like hundreds of years. But has it ever really changed? It seems that despite every other change that schools and lessons embrace, homework often remains exactly the same and goes through very few periods of modernisation.
However, for forward-thinking... »
Five essential materials every classroom needs
For any teacher going into the classroom for the first time, it's easy to think that all you'll need is your mind and some brilliant new ideas to help pupils learn. But every little helps, doesn't it? And you can make use of some fantastic materials and items to make your life that little bit easier when you take control of a class for the very first time.
Here, we take... »
Nurseries in England need early years teachers to prepare young people
Nurseries in England and Wales need to employ a higher number of early years teachers to prepare children for moving into schools, according to a claim from Save the Children, which says every nursery in the country should have such a teacher in place to help with the development of language and speech skills.
It said that those who are attending nursery can be set back years if they... »
Teacher 'crisis' is 'not an exaggeration' claims union leader
The term crisis when describing the seemingly perennial issue of teacher shortages in UK classrooms has become somewhat commonplace in the past year or so, to the extent that we'd almost be forgiven for thinking that it was something of an over-dramatising of the problem.
However, according to the head of one head teachers' union, this is not the case, with Brian Lightman,... »
British primary teachers consider boycotting of tests
The National Union of Teachers' (NUT) conference in Brighton has seen calls for a ballot that could potentially see teachers in primary schools across the country opt to boycott testing at this level, it has been reported.
In recent weeks, it emerged that British schoolchildren in primary schools are among the most heavily tested across the whole of Europe, with warnings at the... »
Teacher shortages 'need to be made a priority'
It's been a testing time of late for the education sector, with many changes either being brought in or planned, but one teachers' union has said it's time that the real issues are focussed on, rather than looking towards simply politically motivated ventures.
Academies and free schools have been the main topic for discussion in the last few weeks, particularly around... »
Overhaul of exam appraisals could make system 'unfair' say head teachers
Proposals over a way to change the exam appeals system could make it completely unfair by making it harder than ever before to appeal against GCSE and A-Level results, head teachers have claimed.
According to reports, the exams regulator Ofqual wants to make changes that would mean marks only being added to papers in a case where an examiner has been found to have made a mistake,... »
Teacher training to be revamped in Wales to become best in the world
The Welsh education minister has promised changes to the teacher training system in the nation that will see it become one of the best in the world, it has been reported.
According to the BBC, Huw Lewis has promised that any universities taking part in teacher training will be presented with new guidelines for the process, which will see them asked to make their training courses among... »
Every UK school 'to become an academy'
Every school in the UK could become an academy in the future under expected new proposals set to be released by the Department for Education. It is believed, the BBC reports, that the new plans could be released sometime this week.
Newsnight claims that all mainstream schools across England and Wales could be forced into becoming academies under the changes, a move that would end... »
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