Business leaders call for reinstating of mandatory work experience
More school pupils across England and Wales should be taking part in mandatory work experience as part of their school life to prepare them for the future, business leaders have claimed.
Experts want ministers to reinstate the work experience programme to the curriculum moving forward so that pupils who have the desire or interest to work in a specific setting have the chance to see... »
Do parents views need to be sought more often?
Parents in the UK have strong views in many cases about the way the education sector is run, what their children are taught and how this could be changed for the better. However, in many cases, their concerns are not aired with schools, and little is done to engage with those who do have opinions about how schools should be changing.
While parents' nights are a tradition within... »
Scottish teachers agree to a new pay deal
Teachers in Scotland have agreed to a new pay deal that could influence decision makers across the country and potentially create a knock on effect for a rise in teachers' pay.
According to the BBC, teachers in Scotland have agreed to the two-year pay rise deal, which will see them able to get a 1.5 per cent increase in what they are paid this year, followed by a one per cent... »
Stressed teachers 'being reduced to tears, says teachers' leader
Stressed teachers are not getting the help they need to overcome difficulties in the classroom that are contributing to their wellbeing, it has been claimed by a teachers' leader.
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, says she has heard anecdotal evidence of these problems from people working in the industry, including some teachers bursting into tears either... »
Primary school teachers to be asked to take grammar courses
With a wave of 200,000 primary school leavers across the country set to take part in a rigorous new English test as of next year, teachers at this level are to be asked to take a grammar course to make sure they can prepare their pupils adequately.
According to many experts, there is a knowledge gap in English schools when it comes to grammar, with many graduate teachers not being... »
English councils planning new wave of 'super-size' secondary schools
A number of English councils are reportedly looking into the possibility of building more super-size secondary schools in order to help educate the rising number of pupils.
These super schools would have between 12 and 16 form groups for every school year, totalling more than 2,000 pupils, the BBC says. It claims that as many as 17 councils across England and Wales are considering the viability... »
Increased numbers of lessons missed by UK pupils
There was an increase in the number of lessons missed by British school pupils, official figures have shown, with the main reason given by parents being illness.
According to the latest released set of data, there was a rise in the number of pupils who missed classes - which are separated into morning and afternoon sessions - with the overall absence level at the end of the 2014/15... »
Ten trendy items that will take you back to your own school days
If you're teaching the young minds of tomorrow, you're probably well up to date with the latest trends and fads that come and go in the blink of an eye. Kids can have a tendency to be fickle (we've all been there) and no matter what is cool one day, it can quickly lose its appeal.
So whether it's the latest social media phenomenon or form of transport (looking your... »
Top 5 funniest exam answers ever given
If there's one time of year that injects fear into the minds of teachers and pupils alike, it's the exam period. In a time where the whole year's work comes together and pupils have the chance to show off their knowledge and set themselves up well for the future, it's a worrying time for both themselves and the teachers who have imparted knowledge to them.
But if one... »
Education bosses want to tackle gender stereotypes in schools
School teachers are being asked to make sure they are tackling gender roles in schools and classrooms by ensuring that they treat sexist language as seriously as racist behaviour.
Guidelines to be released today (October 20th), are backed by a government report from the Institute of Physics which is looking to bridge the gender gap in the sciences in schools in particular.
Exam system shake up criticised by teachers
A headteacher of a school in Oxfordshire has criticised the change in A-Level exams from next year, stating that schools will need to be able to offer extra support to both pupils and teachers as they come to grips with the changes that will be taking place.
The Department for Education has confirmed that new A-Levels and AS-Levels will be sat by school children in England and Wales... »
Top 5 funniest excuses given by school pupils
For generation upon generation, teachers and pupils have been locked in a head to head battle in the arena that is the world of homework. The back and forth sees teachers give pupils work that they know will do them the world of good in their learning, while the other laments the loss of their free time given up to continue their education.
Whether it was to head out into the street... »
Provisional GCSE league tables to be published
The Education Department has announced plans to publish league tables based on provisional data drawn from GCSE results. It is hoped this will give parents the up-to-date information they need when it comes to choosing secondary schools in England.
Parents submitting applications for secondary school places this month, for pupils to start in September 2016, will be able to make use... »
Do teachers have a responsibility to make sure pupils are confident?
A study from a think tank has urged schools and education boards across the country to make sure they are doing enough to ensure that pupils are happy, confident and feel that success is an achievable goal in their life.
While teachers' main job is to make sure they have prepared pupils for the big wild world after they leave school, a study compiled by Demos has discovered that... »
Is it time teachers were taught financial lessons?
For many years, there have been calls for more practical lessons in maths classrooms that teach British pupils more about financial matters and budgeting issues that can help them out in later life, but a new study has shown that many teachers would struggle to teach such a subject matter.
According to a new study from Shares4Schools, as many as 53 per cent of teachers admit that they would... »
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