Gove: Cowell's a prophet of a celebrity cult
Simon Cowell is the "principal prophet" of a cult of celebrity, which saps children of motivation and discourages them from working hard in the classroom.
The attack is worthy of the scathing comments The X Factor supremo usually knocks young hopefuls back with on his reality shows, but actually comes from the mouth of the education secretary Michael Gove.
Teachers 'need help to spot child abuse'
Teachers are going to be better equipped and resourced to deal with child abuse situations.
This comes in light of a survey carried out by the NSPCC and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) which revealed that one in four teachers has been asked for help by pupils in relation to child abuse.
Over two-fifths (42 per cent) of those in teaching jobs said that they... »
Sussex free school faces closures
One of the first free schools to open is facing closure after an critical Ofsted report.
The Discovery New School, in Crawley, West Sussex, has been open for two years. The Montessori primary school was inspected again last month after being awarded an 'inadequate' rating in June.
Schools minister, Lord Nash, wrote a letter to the chair of the governors indicating... »
School Direct 'bailed out by universities'
Universities have stepped in to ensure that all teaching jobs in the next academic year are filled, the former top civil servant at the Department for Education has said.
Ex-permanent secretary Sir David Bell has said the government's flagship schools-based training programme School Direct had under-recruited and universities needed to make up the surplus.
School Direct was... »
London schools 'helping to break down social barriers'
People in teaching jobs in London are some of the best in the country in breaking down existing barriers to social mobility, according to Boris Johnson.
The mayor of London has said the city's schools are instrumental in changing social structures that have seen a select group of public school-educated men dominating society.
He was speaking at the first education conference... »
Boys 'embarrassed by writing'
Have any people in English teaching jobs across London or the south-east seen evidence of a gender divide when it comes to writing?
A new poll conducted by the National Literacy Trust found that boys are more than twice as likely as girls to say they hate writing and find it embarrassing. The research revealed that slightly more than a fifth (20.9 per cent) of boys surveyed said writing... »
Gove labelled an education zealot
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has branded his counterpart Michael Gove as a "zealot", claiming his attempt to reform the education system has failed.
Mr Hunt criticised the "Michael Gove model, of a competitive, atomistic school landscape" in an interview with the Guardian, and put forward his alternative suggestions.
The lack of any hierarchy was... »
Ofsted: Science lessons need to be more practical
Science lessons do not have enough focus on the practical side of the subject, according to a new Ofsted report.
Teenagers were acquiring good grades at science GCSE, but as the qualification features little testing of the practical element, those in science teaching jobs consequently focussed more on the theoretical side of the subject.
This proved to have repercussions... »
Culture change 'is necessary for TEFL roles'
Many newly-qualified teachers are now looking for roles in another country to gain experience teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).
One of the most popular destinations for English teaching talent is Thailand where many pupils are eager to learn the language.
As such, the Phuket News recently interviewed Michael Keag, who has worked in the education sector for ten years... »
Will London need more teaching jobs to cope with population boom?
There could be a pressing need for people to fill new primary teaching jobs in London in the future, as the school-age population continues to grow.
New figures from the Greater London Authority (GLA) show that the existing primary school infrastructure will come under increasing strain as the number of youngsters in the capital increases by 100,000 over the next four years.
New GCSE grades 'are demotivating'
People in secondary English teacher jobs have been warned that planned reforms to GCSE could work to demotivate less-able students.
Bethan Marshall, chair of an English teachers' association, said that her understanding is the new equivalent of the existing C grade - currently seen as the accepted standard - will only have two grades below it, rather than the four grade bands that are... »
Camden to host pilot parenting academies
People in teaching jobs in Camden could soon be seeing a lot more of their pupils' parents after the area was named as one of the urban centres to receive funding to set up a parenting academy.
Some parents in Camden and Middlesborough will be paid around £600 to attend 18 sessions in the trial to learn how to support their children's schoolwork. It is a pilot scheme that... »
NUT and NASUWT confirm new year strikes after gov't 'provocation'
Unions have confirmed that people in teaching jobs across the UK are now likely to strike in the new year after the education secretary Michael Gove displayed no indication that he is willing to enter negotiations over pay, pensions and working conditions.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) accused Mr Gove of provoking... »
DfE issues pre-warnings to 17 underperforming academies
A junior education minister has sent 17 warning letters to academies due to inadequate standards of education.
All of the state-funded academies now face the prospect of intervention if they cannot improve. Pre-warning letters are part of the monitoring process for sponsored academies who have been taken on by educational trusts specifically to instigate improvement.
The letters... »
TEFL candidates told to approach the subject with freshness
Graduates who have been thinking about moving abroad and finding an English teacher role in an overseas country have been given some advice.
In an article that aimed to find out how what English teachers can learn from education practices abroad, the Guardian spoke to Deena Boraie, president of the TESOL International Association and dean of continuing education at the American University... »
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