Top universities 'still out of reach' for disadvantaged youngsters
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to get into top universities in comparison to their more affluent peers, despite having similar levels of attainment at the age of 11, a new study has found.
Research by academics at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that on average, over 2,000 talented youngsters from poor families will fail to secure a place... »
Teacher job training: what you want from classroom time
A first secondary school teaching job in the UK can be a bit of a shock if you are unprepared. The responsibility that you feel for the future of 20-odd young people doesn't have to be shackles around your wrists, however.
Your first teaching job is at least the fulfillment of years of training and in most cases a long-held vocation, so how can you embrace the opportunity? The best... »
Quality of teaching in London schools 'very high'
Teachers in London are helping boost standards in the capital's schools, with new research showing a marked improvement across the board.
The joint study from CfBT and the Centre for London found that the quality of teaching in London schools since the turn of the century has contributed to better exam results.
In comparison to other parts of the country, the... »
Will all teachers be judge on the same criteria?
Surely everybody who works in UK teaching jobs should be tasked with providing the same standard of education. If the government wants to persuade the large swathes of the teaching workforce that are still sceptical about its performance-related pay reforms then ministers need to show that performance will be accurately measured.
Should this criteria not be developed alongside an industry... »
Plans to address teaching jobs crisis
Population booms in many areas - London being the primary example - coupled with a kink in the pipeline of new top teaching talent, has left the government looking at ways to fill vacant teaching jobs.
The latest proposal could see pensioners encouraged to come out of retirement and retrain as teachers. The government wants to use the expertise of recently... »
Current education system 'needs an overhaul'
The current education system will no longer be "fit for purpose" in 20 years' time, according to a new study published by the Royal Society.
To ensure this does not happen, the report urges the government to create a new baccalaureate-style qualification that would effectively replace A-levels.
The Royal Society goes further and advises that all students should study... »
What to expect at an international teaching job fair
Many new graduates feel their appetite for adventure, professional development and new experiences can be best served by looking for a teaching job abroad.
Whether this be a standard teaching appointment such as a science teacher vacancy in another country or an opportunity to teach English as a foreign language to non-native speakers, a good place to start the search is at an international... »
Report showing only 35% of teachers in England feel valued demands a return to Pride In Teaching, says leading education recruitment specialist
A new international study which shows that fewer than a third of teachers in developed countries feel their profession is valued reinforces the importance of promoting a positive and constructive view of the profession.
That’s the view of leading education recruitment consultancy TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool), which sponsors the Pride In Teaching campaign in the UK.
Fewer pupils getting places in first-choice secondary schools
This September saw fewer pupils in England admitted to their first-choice secondary school than at any time in the past five years.
Official figures published by the Department for Education (DoE) show 85.2 per cent of 11-year-olds gained places at their first-choice school in 2014, a significant drop on the 86.7 per cent who did last year.
Again there was evidence of rising demand... »
Teaching job policies: What would make you cast your vote?
Anyone with a teaching job in the UK will be keen to see the manifestos of the country's political parties before casting their vote in next year's general election.
Education is always a key political background and the right proposals from any of the parties could see them winning a majority in what is expected to be a close race.
But what does this mean for teachers?... »
London inner city pupils 'outperforming peers'
There was some good news for those people working hard in London teaching jobs this week.
A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found 54 per cent of inner London pupils who were eligible for free school meals, achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C. This compares favourably with the 47 per cent of disadvantaged pupils in outer London and 30-35 per cent across the rest of... »
How to cope in the first weeks of a new teaching job
Having just been offered your first teaching job in the UK, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all your learning was over, you are ready to put into practice all the knowledge you have accumulated during your training and your journey as an educator will now become more simple and straightforward.
Most teachers of all experience levels agree the NQT year is the... »
Performance-related pay 'is a cut-throat approach to teaching'
People in primary and secondary teaching jobs in the UK have been at odds with the government over the introduction of performance-related pay for months.
The issue has already been at the heart of a number of rounds of industrial action and continues to divide teachers.
Now the idea has been branded a "cut-throat" approach that will "destroy the ethos of schools"... »
Defending free schools: Implementation more important than idea?
Free schools have been under attack in the UK of late.
Whether it is claims of extremism, their propensity to soak up government funding or their lack of tight regulation, the system has been under pressure. You'd be forgiven for thinking that applying for a teaching job in a London free school would be a delicate step on your education career path.
That is not necessarily... »
State schools 'not offering enough competitive sport'
Many schools in England have failed to capitalise on the success of the London Olympics and too many state school pupils still don't have the chance to participate in competitive sport.
Ofsted has found that head teachers still treat sport as an "optional extra" and has also made a correlation between schools in which pupils lack opportunities to excel in sport and poorer... »
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