NGA: Schools finding it hard to recruit head teachers
Schools in England are finding it hard to recruit people into their top-level teaching jobs.
The National Governors' Association (NGA) has said candidates who are applying for head teacher jobs are not of the required standard, with written applications often littered with basic grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
Chief executive of the NGA Emma Knights told the Independent:... »
Gove and Wilshaw move to heal rift
Two of the most powerful men in the teaching industry have moved to heal a supposed rift.
Education secretary Michael Gove has denied people in his department briefed against Ofsted and England's chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Over the weekend, the Times reported two think-tanks were set to criticise the watchdog and the revelation was said to have left... »
English schools 'not providing skills for global success'
The education system in England is not sufficiently supplying children with the skills required to meet the country's long-term economic needs, a new report has claimed.
According to the Making Education Work document, which has been compiled by a group of academics and business leaders, a new cross-party body should be established in order to set longer-term educational targets with... »
More secondary schools achieving govt targets
People in secondary teaching jobs across the UK will be encouraged by latest government figures, which show more schools are meeting baseline targets on GCSEs.
There are around 3,200 state-funded schools in the UK and around 154 of these are considered to be under-performing, which is a decrease of 61 on the figures from last year.
An institution is deemed to be under-performing... »
OECD: Eating with parents reduces truancy
Teens who eat their main meal of the day with their parents are far less likely to play truant or miss lessons.
This is according to a new study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which also warns of the detrimental impact of missing lessons.
However, it suggests positive engagement with school or family is a bigger factor... »
Rising degree grades 'are result of better teaching'
The proportion of university students achieving grades above 2:2 level has increased significantly in recent years, but researchers have claimed this is not a result of grade inflation, as previously suspected.
According to a study conducted by Lancaster University, people in teaching jobs across the board can take responsibility for the rise, which it argues reflects "better prepared"... »
High-incomes families 'should pay state school fees'
A new report has suggested that parents earning a combined income of £80,000 or more should be required to pay fees to send their children to the most popular state schools.
The idea has been floated by private headmaster Dr Anthony Seldon in a document issued by the cross-party think tank Social Market Foundation.
He suggested this move would provide additional... »
'Champions league of heads' to be sent to schools in need
High-performing headteachers will be asked to work in schools that need new leaders, but have previously struggled attracting top teaching talent.
Schools minister David Laws believes this "champions league" of heads will help turn struggling schools around, but he accepts that in order to set it up, the jobs will have to be rewarded with better pay and relocation packages.
Ofsted chief: Teachers need to stop playing the victim
People in teaching jobs should stop presenting themselves as "victims".
This is the view of the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw who believes that constant complaints from teachers are undermining the good work being carried out in the UK's schools.
Speaking at the North of England Education Conference in Nottingham, the country's chief teaching inspector called... »
Labour to confirm the need for qualified teachers
In a break from the current education policy, Labour will ensure that any person who holds a primary or secondary teaching job will have the requisite qualifications.
The rise of free schools and academies have allowed many school operators to employ who they like to work in classrooms and teach youngsters.
However, Labour's education secretary Tristram Hunt will use his speech... »
Funding gap is 'hampering borough's teacher recruitment drive'
People looking for teaching jobs in London and the south east could find there is a substantial difference in the salary they receive depending on the geographical location of the school they are offered a role in.
Gordon Smith, headteacher at Riddlesdown Collegiate and chair of the Croydon Secondary Headteachers group, has said a funding difference has led to many schools on the fringes... »
Teachers to be tested like doctors and lawyers?
People in primary and secondary teaching jobs could be held in the same professional standing as doctors and lawyers - if the Labour party win the next election.
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt believes that like people in other professions, teachers should be made to take regular tests that check their ability.
The idea seems similar to the one mooted and eventually... »
London free school rejected by DfE
A free school which was going to be set up with the objective of preventing young people getting embroiled in the gang culture in London has been knocked back by the government.
Part of the plans of the Diaspora High School in Lewisham was going to be a compulsory three months' work experience on reaching leaving age. This was to prevent students going straight from the classroom to... »
Schools 'need to place greater emphasis on TAs'
Schools need to take the role of the teaching assistant (TA) more seriously in 2014.
This is the view of Rob Webster, research associate at the Institute of Education, who believes that TAs have an important role to play in alleviating some of the stresses faced by people in teaching jobs.
Writing a blog in the Guardian, he explains that there are now 330,000 TAs in British schools... »
BBC3 to screen teacher training documentary
TV viewers are about to get a sneak peek into what it takes to succeed in a teaching job in London's schools.
A new programme on BBC3 documents the lives of new recruits into the teaching profession. Cameras followed a group of London trainee teachers from the Teach First scheme who, after just six weeks training, are sent into difficult schools to gain some first-hand experience.
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