Underperforming secondary schools 'doubles'
The number of secondary schools in England that are deemed to be underperforming has doubled to more than 300, according to new data published by the Department for Education.
One of the main reasons for this incredible rise is to do with changes made to exams and league tables.
In short, exams are said to be harder to pass, re-sits for some subjects are no longer available... »
Teacher pay progression ‘unfair’
A significant number of teachers are of the opinion that their respective school’s approach to pay is unfair, according to a new report from the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
Half of professions surveyed said that their employers pay policy is flawed, with over 60 per cent commenting that performance related pay having a negative impact on appraisals for professional development.
Reading for pleasure ‘lost on today’s children’
The pleasure of reading is increasingly becoming a lost art among youngsters, according to the majority of teachers.
This is the major finding of a new survey from Pearson and the Booktrust, which showed that more than half of teachers (57 per cent) are of the opinion that today’s pupils are less inclined to spend time reading than they did when they were... »
Teachers 'can transform children's lives'
Teachers have the power to transform the lives of children and young people, according to education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Speaking at the Education World Forum in London recently, she said that no matter where you are in the world, the importance of teachers is paramount.
She explained that children should receive – and their parents expect – schools to deliver the... »
Primary schools computing curriculum to benefit from tech experts
A massive drive to boost the teaching of the new computer curriculum in primary schools is to be made possible by a £3.6 million funding drive, with cash coming from technology giants like Google and O2.
In a recent speech at the annual BETT conference in London, education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that experts from these companies will train teachers to get their... »
Pupil progress 'should be how primary school success is measured'
Government plans to revamp primary school league tables should be modified to position pupil progress as the main measure of quality, a new report has stated.
Published by CentreForum, the study argues the alterative system put forward by the coalition in 2014 will not deliver an accurate picture of any given school.
According to government plans, primary schools in England will... »
ITT courses review published
Last year the government announced that it was looking to review initial teacher training (ITT) courses, the aim of which was to assess what is and isn't working effectively. Identifying what does have a positive impact – equipping trainees with the skills and knowledge needed to become "outstanding teachers" – was high on the agenda.
The then education secretary... »
New standards to 'boost the effectiveness of headteachers'
There has been a lot of change in education over the last ten years, with many important developments helping transform the experience children and young people have from primary school onwards.
According to the Department for Education, against this backdrop, the standards that stakeholders expect of school leaders have not really evolved. This is something that needs to change, says education... »
Better assessment of education reforms 'needed'
Reforms to education around the globe, though well-intentioned, are unable to be properly assessed because of ineffective evaluation methodology, a new report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found.
According to the paper, entitled Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reform Happen, although spending on education has gone up among OECD countries,... »
Lib Dems ‘will end child illiteracy’
Child illiteracy is to be a key area of policy for the Liberal Democrats if they remain in government, its leader has announced.
Nick Clegg said that the party will outline in its manifesto for the upcoming General Election its commitment to ending illiteracy in children by 2025.
This means that every child born after 2014 will receive the kind of education that ensures... »
YST launches PE and Sport in school manifesto
The Youth Sports Trust (YST) has launched a new manifesto for the 2015 General Election calling on whoever enters into government to do more to boost the quality of physical education (PE) and sports opportunities in schools.
In its document, entitled Unlocking Potential: A Manifesto for PE and School Sport, the YST put forward three key action points that it believes will make... »
Big businesses need to spend more on education
Big businesses need to do more to support educational initiatives and schools, according to a major new study.
In a report, entitled Business Backs Education, the Varkey Foundation found that many top organisations are not spending enough cash in this area.
For example, Global Fortune 500 companies were found to have only spent 13 per cent of their total corporate social... »
Transform teacher training to fill shortfall
Transforming university teacher training to make it more streamlined will go a long way in tackling shortages in staff, according to Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet).
The organisation explained that trainees should be able to move between higher education and school-based courses, TES reported.
This would mean, regardless of the course they... »
Parents 'more than happy' with their children's teachers
An "overwhelming" majority of parents are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their children's teachers, a new survey has found.
Commissioned by NASUWT, the poll noted that 87 per cent of mums and dads are confident of the quality of teaching their youngsters receive.
More than nine out of ten parents (95 per cent) said that they believe it is vital... »
Schools face 'pupil places tipping point'
The £12 billion cost of delivering places for the extra 900,000 pupils in English schools over the next decade could push schools to "breaking point", according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
Speaking ahead of the deadline for primary school places, the LGA said that with schools "pulling out all the stops" to provide places for students,... »
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