How the UK can learn from London schools
People working in primary and secondary teaching jobs in London have performed a minor miracle over the past decade. They have turned the capital's schools into some of the best in the country with the help of a city-wide scheme called the London Challenge.
This was a school improvement programme set up in 2003, tasked with changing the fortunes of low-performing secondary schools across... »
Public slurs could worsen teacher shortages, warns education recruitment specialist
Persistent attacks on teachers for taking action over pay and pensions could undermine attempts to attract new people to the profession and address the looming teacher shortage.
That's the view of specialist education recruitment company TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool), which says that politically-motivated attempts to discredit teachers could have unforeseen consequences.
Ofsted under inspection
Ofsted has given its biggest indication yet that it is willing to change the way it inspects people in teaching jobs and the schools that employ them.
Teachers have attributed much of their disgruntlement to the watchdog in recent times, with Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) general secretary Brian Lightman accusing Ofsted inspections of creating a climate of fear in the... »
Why teachers are striking: Workloads
Placards have been dropped and order has been restored in British classrooms following the latest bout of industrial action orchestrated by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The March 26th walkout was the latest in a series of strikes in an ongoing dispute over numerous grievances because people in primary and secondary teaching jobs in London, the south east and beyond believe... »
NUT members walk out for strike action
Today (March 26th) sees thousands of people in teaching jobs in London and the south east leave the classroom and take to the picket line in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.
The strike has been organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), leaders of which say the industrial action is a last resort to get the government to listen to their concerns.
In total,... »
London school to be featured in Educating series
Teaching jobs in a London secondary school will become the latest to be put in front of the TV cameras.
Following on from Educating Essex and Yorkshire, a school in east London's Walthamstow will be highlighted in the Channel 4 series.
Cameras will be welcomed into Frederick Bremer School, which was only opened in 2008. More than half of its students have English as an additional... »
Ofsted chief: Inspections need to change
Ofsted has outlined radical new proposals that could mean up to 60 per cent of England's schools may no longer be subject to full inspections.
Speaking to a selection of the UK's head teachers, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw addressed concerns about the current Ofsted regime head on.
A number of think tanks have recently responded to calls from the watchdog to suggest... »
Academy chains 'not focusing on learning improvement'
The debate about the suitability of academy chains rages on.
Some academy operators have been criticised because they are too "managerial" and do not place enough emphasis on learning. This is according to Christine Gilbert, who chaired an independent commission of inquiry into academies last year.
Yesterday (March 19th) she told the Commons Education Select Committee:... »
Maths teachers 'need an engineering sabbatical'
People in secondary maths teaching jobs have come under scrutiny from an industry leader, who believes they are failing to give pupils comprehensive careers advice.
Hot on the heels of Vince Cable's comments regarding teachers who 'know nothing of the world of work', Jenny Body, the first female president of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS), has said teachers are ignorant... »
The London state schools that are leading the way
Michael Gove has recently took the simple decision of choosing which school to send his daughter to. However, it made headlines as Beatrice Gove will become the first offspring of a Conservative education secretary to enrol at a state secondary school when she starts at Grey Coat Hospital in London later this year.
The Gove family were said to be delighted with the news and Brian Lightman,... »
London and Essex teachers prepare for action
People in teaching jobs in Essex and London are preparing for industrial action next week in a dispute over classroom conditions and remuneration.
National Union of Teachers (NUT) members in Epping Forest and Harlow are set to join picket lines on March 26th and some schools are expected to close as a result.
The industrial action will be the latest in a series of strikes from... »
$1m prize will go to world's best teacher
Know of someone in a London or south-east teaching job who deserves $1 million (£600,000)?
In fact, it doesn't need to be restricted by any sort of geographical or specialist basis, as the cash bonus is the prize for the 'world's greatest teacher'.
Organisers hope the award will become the education industry's equivalent to a Nobel prize and had previously... »
Ofsted inspections unfair?
The people tasked with assessing the role others perform in teaching jobs lack the necessary skills to be fair and reliable.
This is the damning assessment of Ofsted outlined in a new report by think tank Policy Exchange, which explained that many schools inspectors are employed on a part-time basis by private firms and do not have much understanding of what it takes to teach - especially... »
England 'facing secondary schools place shortage'
More teaching jobs need to be created if a third of local authorities are to avoid a shortage of secondary school places in the next five years.
In an effort to meet demand, councils are being forced to borrow tens of millions of pounds and are having to open up schools in repurposed buildings rather than creating new purpose-built schools.
According to the Local Government Association... »
The government must show pupils that teachers need to be respected
Recently, teaching authorities have been preoccupied with ensuring respect is instilled in the classroom.
Ofsted has named and shamed the first teachers it found to dress in a scruffy manner during its inspections. The watchdog said the way London teachers at Acland Burghley secondary school in Camden dressed was spreading a lack of pride throughout the school.
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