Cost-cutting 'a priority for most schools'
Cost-cutting is to be a key agenda item for school leaders over the next 12 months, according to a new report.
The study, carried out by The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Browne Jacobson, found that three quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the government's funding policy.
School leaders feel that not enough money has been earmarked for education... »
Government secures cut price defibrillators for schools
The government has secured a deal that will see thousands of pupils benefit from life-saving defibrillators in their schools.
Presently, the agreement involves 500 machines, which were snapped up by the Department for Education (DfE) at a substantially discounted rate.
Schools will be able to pick up the defibrillators, which are used when someone experiences... »
Primary school kids 'falling behind in maths'
Children are not experiencing a positive start to their maths education, according to a new report.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy says that far too many pre-schools and nurseries are failing to deliver the essentials early on.
It found, for example, that in 2013/14, 28 per cent of children did not meet the standards expected at the end of the early... »
Education system delivers an 'unforgiving exam system'
The English education system is in danger of creating an "unforgiving exam system", according to the president of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA).
Speaking to delegates at the GSA annual conference, Alice Philips said that her younger self would be "written off" by current demands, which she argues offers little by way of second chances, "no wriggle room... »
Subject knowledge 'key to good teaching'
The most important feature of being a good and effective teacher is excellent subject knowledge, an expert has said.
Speaking at the Mayor's Education Conference at City Hall in London, Mitchell Chester, education commissioner for Massachusetts, US, explained that teachers who have a strong command over their subjects are some of the best professionals around.
He told... »
Teacher recruitment drive to miss targets again
The government is expected to miss its own target for trainee teacher recruitment for the third year in a row, which could create a huge shortfall. Some analysts speculate that by 2017, there will be 27,000 fewer teachers than is required.
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claimed that if this continues, schools will have no other option but to increase class sizes.
Fast track overseas English-speaking teachers to QTS status to address shortages
Urgent steps need to be taken to allow qualified English-speaking teachers from Canada, Australia and the United States to be fast tracked to qualified teacher status in the UK to help meet the increasingly worrying shortfall in teachers.
That’s the message from education recruitment specialist TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) after claims that, for the third year... »
Bring back high quality textbooks
It is high time that high quality textbooks returned to classrooms, education minister Nick Gibb has said in a foreword to a new report. The MP said that a "renaissance of intellectually demanding and knowledge-rich textbooks" in England's schools is a necessary tool for boosting standards and delivering excellence in pupils.
Writing in the paper Why Textbooks... »
Brian Cox: Use Rosetta to inspire more youngsters to be scientists
The physicist and TV presenter Brian Cox has urged the government to take advantage of the enthusiasm and interest generated by the Rosetta space mission to encourage more youngsters to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Professor Cox, who has come to prominence in recent years as one the UK's most accessible authorities on physics, told the Guardian this is historic moment... »
Popular teaching methods are ‘not that effective’
Teachers are constantly looking to innovate, to come up with new ways of delivering lessons. The ultimate goal is to ensure that students not only experience engaging and creative lessons, but gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in exams, as well as in further education and employment.
However, some approaches leave a lot to be desired, with new research... »
Ofsted requires a ‘radical rethink’
Significant changes need to be made to Ofsted to ensure the body is able to deliver consistent inspections, according to one of the UK’s foremost educators.
Writing in TES, Sir Tim Brighouse argues that an inspection system based on self-evaluation is one way of transforming Ofsted beyond recognition.
He says that “growing disquiet about Ofsted’s reliability and... »
Schools to receive mental health support
Schools are to be given assistance to help them educate pupils about mental health, the Department for Education has revealed.
The government, in collaboration with the Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) Association, said that it wants to end the stigma that concerns mental health.
Studies show that one in ten children has a diagnosable mental health disorder,... »
Coded music production in class empowers youngsters to be ‘risk-takers’
Mixing music production with computing fosters an environment that is "enquiry rich", empowering youngsters to be more daring. This, in turn, develops the kind of creative skills that are needed within the music industry in the foreseeable future.
This is one of the main findings of a research project carried out by Cambridge University's Faculty of Education, which... »
TLTP joins elite group of education recruitment agencies
Education recruitment specialist TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) has been awarded Gold Audited status by industry body The Recruitment & Employers Confederation (REC), making it among less than ten per cent of educational recruiters in the UK to be awarded the status.
REC Audited status ensures that agencies are undertaking all relevant checks when recruiting teachers. It... »
5 ways to use film creatively in lessons
There is a lot of debate in the teaching profession at all stages of education about the advantages and disadvantages of using film in class. However, on the whole, most professionals would agree that when used right, it can be an effective tool.
At the heart of using film – which here encompasses movies, documentaries, moving images and, well, anything posted on channels like YouTube... »
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