The devil that is the humble eraser
Erasers are a common enough pencil case accessory, up there with the pencil sharpener, fountain pen, highlighter and biro.
For some students, they are purely functional, there to rub away any mistakes they may have made or simply because they’re not happy with what it is they have produced.
Others are more passionate about rubbers, as they are commonly referred to; partial... »
Queen’s Speech reveals rapid intervention into failing schools
The government intends to speed up intervention in failing schools, it has been revealed during the Queen’s Speech at the official opening of Parliament on May 27th.
Under the Education and Adoption Bill, schools failed to be under-performing will ultimately become sponsored academies.
The Conservatives stated that “it is clear the solution” for what it describes... »
ChildLine: Youngsters stressed over exams
Students are more stressed than ever with exams, according to data analysed by ChildLine. In fact, so bad is it, that “school and education” issues has emerged as the top concern of youngsters when contacting the helpline.
The service reported there has been a massive 200 per cent increase in the number of young people accessing its counselling services in 2014/14 because of... »
London schools could lose thousands of teachers if national trends apply locally, says specialist recruitment consultancy
Schools in London could face losing up to 6500 teachers this year, according to a specialist education recruitment consultancy.
As schools begin their search to fill vacancies for September, TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) says that if Department of Education statistics - which show around one in 12 full-time teachers leaving the profession each year- are replicated... »
Free schools ‘engines of social justice’
Education secretary Nick Morgan has described free schools as being “modern engines of social justice” in a speech to mark the opening of the latest application window for people to tender their proposals.
She said these not-for-profit institutions, which can be set up by parents, teachers, businesses and charities, will help to “break the cycle of disadvantage”... »
Ofqual: Maths exams too difficult
Ofqual has asked all exam boards to rewrite parts of their new maths GCSE exams because they are not up to scratch.
The regulator concluded in its assessment of four exam boards, that three had produced papers that were too difficult for the level they were testing, while the other was too easy.
OCR, Pearson Edexcel and WJEC Eduqas have been ordered to produce more realistic exams,... »
More children ‘enjoying reading’
The popularity of reading has, in the western world, dwindled, sidelined largely by advances in numerous technology, which have, powerfully so, changed people’s behaviour and attitude to the pursuit. This leisurely, fun, provocative and insightful activity is now the last consideration when it comes to entertainment.
Or at least that is what we previously thought because new research... »
The best teachers ‘don’t need to have done well at school’
It is limiting to think that the most talented and effective teachers come from a highly qualified background, a top educator has said.
Professor Pasi Sahlberg, a renowned Finnish teacher and scholar, told delegates at the Oppi education festival in New York recently that that the assumption all teachers come from top-performing schools is a "dangerous myth".
Boosting the renown of arts in education
The Creative Industries Federation, with support from the Institution of Civil Engineers, has launched a new Creative Education Agenda, outlining how and why the Conservative government “should support cultural and creative learning in the UK”.
In the paper, the membership organisation argues that for too long now, policymakers and some schools have pursued a narrow agenda in... »
Nicky Morgan: I’ll work closely with the teaching profession
Nicky Morgan, who has just been reappointed as education secretary in the first Conservative-only cabinet in 18 years, says she is committed to working closely with teachers to ensure that every child benefits from a good education.
Speaking to the Press Association, the MP, who comfortably defended her Loughborough seat - increasing her majority to 9,183 - said that one of her top priorities... »
Third of MPs privately educated
A third (32 per cent) of MPs in the new House of Commons were privately educated, according to new research from the Sutton Trust.
In its paper, entitled Parliamentary Privilege - the MPs 2015, the charity noted that this a small improvement compared to 2010 (35 per cent went to a fee-paying school).
Approximately one in ten MPs that were privately educated went to Eton; 89 per... »
Global education: A gap as big as a century
The academic achievement gap between children and young people from disadvantaged and affluent backgrounds in the UK remains substantial. Historically this has always been the case and repeatedly, one government after the other, despite their ambitions to reduce it, have failed to deliver real change. All of this in a modern, western country.
Yet this isn’t, of course, exclusive to... »
4 top tips for new teachers
Everything leading up to your first proper day as a teacher is challenging, exhausting and at times so difficult that you wonder what sort of daze you were in when you sat down and applied to gain a qualification in the profession.
Yet, as you arrive into your school, on the back of having successfully made it through teacher training, the application process and the interviews, you feel... »
Heads offered seminars on radicalisation in young people
School and college leaders are being offered the opportunity to learn more about how they can tackle extremism and radicalism in children and young people.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) announced that it will be hosting a number of seminars this summer on the matter, to provide guidance, support and advice on this sensitive area.
It will take into account... »
NAHT Edge to support ‘next generation’ of school leaders
The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has launched a new service aimed at assisting “the next generation of school leaders”.
Dubbed NAHT Edge - Education Generation - the new scheme is focused on supporting middle leaders “in the moment”.
In doing so, the union believes that if and when such individuals transition into senior leadership roles, they... »
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