Safer Internet Centre gets funding boost
The government has announced that the Safer Internet Centre is to benefit from an extra £500,000 in funding, boosting the institution’s ability to deliver on its key objectives.
Coordinated by a trio of organisations - Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation - the centre provides information and education resources for schools... »
How to be the best in the world
England’s schools have the potential to be better. Its teachers have the potential to be admired. It’s pupils have in them the capacity to achieve beyond their wildest expectations. It just takes effort, time and investment - as well as commitment, motivation and endurance - to make it so. In time, the nation can be up there with the best of the best. It can be a world leader.
Offer ‘more support’ to existing teachers
More needs to be done to support existing teachers and enhance their experience of the profession, according to an expert.
Kate Crowhurst, a former teacher and currently an MPhil student in politics, development and democratic education at the University of Cambridge, explains that this is the first step needed to address the UK’s teacher shortage crisis.
Writing in the Telegraph,... »
Tablet usage in schools rising
Tablets are increasingly being used in schools with almost 70 per cent of institutions deploying the hardware in lessons, according to new research.
The charity Tablets for Schools found that 69 per cent of secondary schools now use tablets regularly, as does 68 per cent of primary schools.
Analysing data provided by 671 state and independent schools, researchers found that this... »
Govt announces SEND reforms funding boost
The government is to provide councils with more money to successfully establish special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms. An additional £31.7 million has been earmarked for local authorities to make this happen over the next two years.
Edward Timpson, children and families minister, said that these changes will “put children and parents at the heart of... »
New programme to deliver better support to bright pupils
The Sutton Trust has launched a new programme that offers better support to England’s brightest students.
Sutton Scholars will ensure that highly able low and middle-income pupils between the ages of 11 and 14, who are studying in state secondary schools, will be able to better achieve their aspirations.
Starting at Key Stage 3, the programme will ensure that talented youngsters... »
‘Reduce Ofsted-associated workload’
School leaders need to do more to transform the way they approach Ofsted inspections, according to schools minister David Laws.
Speaking recently in a TES webchat, Mr Laws argued that headteachers are unnecessarily increasing the workload of their teachers by demanding more from them in the run up to assessments.
The MP explained that Ofsted has been cited by teachers as one of... »
Free schools meals programme launch a success
Nick Clegg has lauded the government's free school meals programme, which he has personally been championing. In the first three months of its launch, the scheme has seen had a high uptake, with 85 per cent of infants benefitting from nutritious lunches.
The deputy prime minister made the announcement during a visit to Hallfield Primary School in London, where he got to see firsthand... »
England to be a 'world leader in character education'
The government has announced that it is to invest millions of pounds to help make England a "global leader" in teaching "character".
Under these plans, teachers will help instill "resilience and grit" in the nation's pupils, education secretary Nick Morgan said.
Schools that are already deliver programmes that complement this... »
Schools 'failing to support young people with learning disabilities'
Mainstream schools need to do more to include, support and inspire children and young people with learning disabilities, according to a leading charity.
Mencap, which describes itself as the voice of learning disability, surveyed parents with a child that has a learning disability and found that many feel hard done by current systems.
It reported, for example, that 66 per cent of... »
New careers and enterprise company to be set up
A new careers and enterprise company for schools will be set up to boost the way careers education and advice is provided, the government has announced.
The Department of Education explained that this organisation will inspire youngsters by delivering more robust and focused guidance on the world of work.
This new initiative is part of the government's wider plan for transforming... »
Exam grade changes on the rise
More changes to GCSE and A-level grades have been made following to school challenges, according to new data released by Ofqual.
It showed that there has been a marked increase (42 per cent) in the number of schools questioning the assessment of their pupil's exams.
In 2014, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 77,400 grades were amended, compared to 54,400 in 2013, Ofqual revealed.
Primary schools constantly improving
Primary schools standards are improving across the board, according to new data released by the Department for Education. It revealed that attainment results in every subject have continued to improve, as have the results of disadvantaged pupils.
This is demonstrated in some of the figures which show that for more than half a million 11-year-olds – key stage 2... »
UK students 'do more homework' than European peers
Students from the UK receive more homework than most of their European counterparts, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found.
The comprehensive study found that youngsters studying in Britain spend a significant number of hours after school on homework. Their peers in Finland, Germany, Sweden and Austria do less.
Instilling character in pupils
The government is to introduce a number of measures designed to assist schools "instill characters in pupils".
Announcing the news, education secretary Nicky Morgan said this would include earmarking extra funding for schemes like those run by former armed service personnel.
This, she said, will go a long way in "turning around the lives of disadvantaged children".
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