Struggling schools to experience 'middle management boost'
The government has announced that 100 "exceptional middle leaders" are to take up posts in some of the most challenging schools in England to boost standards across the board, raise the quality of education and transform teaching and subject leadership.
Schools minister David Laws is asking talented individuals that fit this description – heads of department, subject or... »
‘Fresh, new look’ at class size and effective teaching
The impact that a class size has on the quality and effectiveness of teaching is to be examined, an education expert has revealed.
Peter Blatchford, professor of psychology and education at University College London’s Institute of Education, said that researchers from all over the world are to look into this highly topical area and work out how teachers can best manage small and large... »
Labour will offer 'gold standard' qualification for headteachers
A Labour government will look to introduce a new "gold standard" qualification for headteachers, as part of reforms to enhance the skill-set of school leaders.
In a speech at The City Academy in Hackney, London, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that headteachers would receive lessons from businesses to better help them manage big budgets.
They would... »
Short-term school absence ‘can have a negative impact’
Absence from school for even a short period of time can have a detrimental impact on a pupil’s ability to succeed at school, according to new research from the Department for Education.
The report showed that 44 per cent of youngsters with 100 per cent attendance figures over Key Stage 4 achieve the English Baccalaureate, “opening doors to their future”.
Preparing for your first teaching interview
Does anyone actually enjoy being interviewed for a job they are keen on, you know, the kind of role that seems to make perfect sense personally and professionally, especially at the start of your career?
It's reasonable to assume that the answer to that question is a resolute no, the thought of it alone enough to make people feel ill at ease, as if they have just come down some... »
The part of a teacher's brain that detects pupil incomprehension identified
The part of brain that is able to identify a lack of understanding in other people has identified by researchers, which will help to deliver insight into how teachers are able to pick up incomprehension in their pupils.
They discovered during their tests that the anterior cingulate cortex is the part of the brain that is able to pick up cues that suggest another individual is having trouble understanding something.
MPs call for compulsory sex education in all schools
Sex education should be made mandatory in all primary and secondary schools in England, according to a new report from the Commons Education Select Committee.
MPs behind the document said teaching youngsters age-appropriate sex and relationship education is essential in ensuring that they make the right decisions and stay safe.
The report noted that personal, social and health education... »
Arts subjects 'more rigorous and demanding'
As of September 2016, pupils studying arts and computer-based GCSE and A-level subjects will experience a higher quality of content that is, at the same time, more "rigorous and demanding", as the government puts it.
At the core of art and design, music and dance subjects will be a commitment to encouraging young people to explore and develop their creativity and self-expression,... »
Web-programme boosts Year 7 reading skills
A web-based educational programme is delivering swift and positive results in boosting the reading skills of 11-year-olds, according to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).
The charity revealed that Accelerated Reader has been found to boost the reading age of Year 7 pupils by three additional months over a 22-week period.
Most notably, analysis of data showed that... »
Looking for your first teaching job
Trainee teachers are candid in how difficult their experience of a PGCE is, a fact that is drilled home before they’ve even sat their first class. When being interviewed, one of the key points that is put across to prospective candidates is that it is no small undertaking: it will be hard going, both physically and mentally.
Everyone hits a hurdle, but, with the right kind of support... »
Women headteachers ‘underrepresented’ in schools
Women headteachers are seriously underrepresented in schools, according to The Future Leaders Trust.
Analysing government data, the charity explained that this means that around 1,500 women leaders are therefore “missing” from English schools.
This is all the more concerning for the fact that while women dominate the profession (74 per cent of teachers), the high number... »
The great battle that is unnecessary teacher workloads
Most enter the profession believing that they have within them the power to change lives and, as far as personal and professional fulfilment goes, you can’t quite beat it.
It is an enormous responsibility though, to be a teacher that is, to be in control of the education of multiple individuals, year after year. Yet, it is a challenge that many take... »
Religious leaders: Include humanism in RE
Religious leaders from the UK have written a letter to schools minister Steve Gibb asking him to reconsider government plans to not include humanism in GCSE, AS and A-level religious studies.
In the letter, a total of 28 prominent individuals from a number of faiths said they support the study of this worldview, which, along with other non-religious ideas, has been left out of the improved qualifications,... »
Govt commitments to cut teacher workload outlined
The government has announced a number of “decisive measures” that it believes will help reduce the unnecessary workload experienced by teachers.
Informed by the results of the Workload Challenge survey, which was launched last October, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and education secretary Nicky Morgan feel confident that these commitments will go a long way in bringing the... »
World Book Day: Be inspired in school
Not to be confused with World Book Night – which takes place on April 23rd – World Book Day, which is held on March 5th, is the "biggest, happiest, bookiest celebration of books and reading" in the UK. It's a great occasion and perfect for schools looking to inspire children and young people to not only read more, but to do so for pleasure.
If you're... »
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