Teachers 'need to stick together in stressful circumstances'
Is a teacher job becoming one of the most stressful career choices a graduate can make? The personal rewards offered by classroom work often draw people to the teaching profession, with many educators describing the job as a vocation, however, are constant government cuts making the job much more difficult than it used to be?
According to a Secret Teacher blog in the Guardian, teachers... »
Free school non-qualified teacher numbers revealed
Many people study for years to ensure they are adequately prepared for a primary or secondary teaching job, however new figures have revealed the extent of non-qualified teachers in free school classrooms in the UK.
A freedom of information request reported by the Press Association shows that, on average, only around one in 40 teachers in free schools have no formal qualifications for the... »
Poll shows teachers' job satisfaction falling in face of reforms
The love of teaching may always be a factor, but many people in the education profession have considered leaving their jobs in what has been a difficult 12 months for teachers.
A new survey conducted by independent polling company ComRes seems to validate unions' stances that teachers are very unhappy with the reforms of the coalition government.
According to the results, over... »
London schools template 'can bring better education to the world'
Forbes has highlighted the good work carried out by people in teaching jobs in London over the past decade or so and claimed their methods can help children all over the world receive a better standard of education.
The article highlights the borough of Tower Hamlets, which 15 years ago had some of the worst performing schools in the UK. However, now there has been a complete turnaround... »
Parents protest Sussex free school closure
Teachers at the first free school to be ordered to close should be given more time to turn it around.
This is the view of the parents and pupils from the Discovery New School in Crawley, West Sussex, who made their opinions heard during an impassioned plea at Downing Street.
Discovery was placed on Ofsted special measures in May following critical investigations from the education... »
Extra £2.35bn funding to create more school places
More teaching jobs look set to be created to keep pace with an increase in new school places.
The government has announced that a further £2.35 billion will be used to ease the education pressures of a rising population. An initial £5 billion was already earmarked to create new school places, but the new funding will ensure money is available until 2017.
Education secretary... »
Parents tweaking addresses 'to cheat schools system'
People looking for teaching jobs may be used to moving to hubs like London, but new research has shown parents are willing to relocate so their children can get a place at a good school.
The report from the Sutton Trust found that a third of parents have moved to locations they believe are home to successful schools, while 18 per cent had moved to the catchment area of a specific school.
Ofsted head blasts grammar schools
The head of Ofsted has slammed grammar schools in England for being "stuffed full" of middle-class children and failing to improve the chances of poorer pupils.
Sir Michael Wilshaw's critical comments of state grammar schools were made after an expansion to the provision of selective education in Kent was rejected.
Weald of Kent Grammar School and Invicta Grammar... »
More London pupils 'miss SATs targets than last year'
More than one-fifth of London children who took Year 6 SATs this year did not achieve basic levels in maths, reading and writing.
The government has already said that standards were raised in this year's tests, but new figures from the Evening Standard have shown that almost 17,000 11-year-olds failed to obtain Level 4 in all three subjects. This equates to 21 per cent of the capital's... »
More schools fail to meet new Sats targets
Many primary schools in England have missed tougher literacy and numeracy targets this year, new statistics have revealed.
The Sats tests Year 6 pupils take were made harder this year and this led to 767 of the approximately 15,000 schools in the country missing their targets, according to data from the Department of Education (DfE). Individual schools are set an objective of helping 60... »
Genetics 'main contributor to GCSE success'
If you work in a secondary teaching job, how do you feel about being told that genetic influence is accountable for nearly 60 per cent of the variation in GCSE exam results?
Research suggested that nature rather than classroom nurture is the most important factor when it comes academia.
Scientists from King's College London came to the conclusion after analysing the exam performance... »
Free schools budget raised to £1.5 billion
The Department for Education's budget for free schools is now at £1.5 billion, much higher than original estimates.
This is according to the National Audit Office (NAO) in its Establishing Free Schools report, which lists the going rate for setting up a new school, from the building process to filling teaching jobs, as £6.6 million.
In total, 174 schools have been... »
Ofsted: Teachers need to end classroom disruption
Ofsted believes teachers have tolerated "minor disruption and inattention" from students for far too long.
Sir Michael Wilshaw - the regulator's chief inspector - said that while education standards are generally improving in the UK, there are still too many schools that are happy with mediocrity.
In his second annual report, Sir Michael suggested the nation needs... »
Peer group perception identified as educational motivator
Perception of ability could be a key motivator for boys.
A new study from the London School of Economics (LSE) has possibly identified a way people in teaching jobs can encourage pupils within the classroom, as it was found that boys are much more likely to be influenced by their peer group standing instead of their actual ability than girls.
Researchers explained that boys who... »
Gender bias still exists in schools
If you have experience in a science teacher job in a secondary school, have you seen evidence of a gender bias?
A new report published by the Institute of Physics has said that nearly half (49 per cent) of state-funded mixed schools in England are "reinforcing gender stereotypes" and having an impact on what subjects pupils choose to study at A-level.
It outlined... »
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