More focus needed on improving attainment levels in white working class pupils
A longstanding talking point in education has been the divide in attainment levels between children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers from affluent backgrounds. Addressing this issue and shortening the gap remains a key priority for all policymakers and stakeholders in education.
There are a number of reasons as to why youngsters from poor backgrounds perform... »
More Oxbridge graduates teaching in state secondary schools
There has been an increase in the number of graduates from Oxford and Cambridge who have taken up teaching posts in state secondary schools, according to new research.
The Sutton Trust report, Teaching by Numbers, revealed that this year, there are approximately 11,000 teachers with a degree from Oxbridge. In 2003, the figure stood at 6,000.
While that suggests significant progress,... »
Maths Mastery ‘leads to small but welcome improvement’ in skills'
A distinct approach to maths education that is popular in Singapore can lead to a “small but welcome improvement” in English children’s mathematics skills, according to new research.
The study, from the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge, noted that the Maths Mastery programme - as it is known - delivers return on... »
Ofsted inspection results lauded
The latest Ofsted inspection results have been lauded by the education secretary and the government. It reveals that the number of schools in England classed as “good” or outstanding” is at a record high.
Nicky Morgan said that this is positive news and reflects the hard work done by all stakeholders over the past five years.
Ofsted’s report noted that 82... »
Creative thinking ‘boosts’ science skills in primary school pupils
Getting primary school pupils to think creatively in science lessons can boost their understanding of the subject, according to a new report.
The paper, Think, Doing, Talking Science, found that by asking Year 5 children so-called “big questions”, it is possible to enhance their knowledge of science.
Commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the study... »
Academic subjects ‘essential for a strong education system’
The Conservative government has outlined its plans to transform the quality of education in England, at the heart of which lies an emphasis on so-called traditional academic subjects.
School minister Nick Gibb revealed in a speech that under a new system, all secondary school pupils would be required to take at least five core subjects - there would be no exception to this.
As such,... »
CPD ‘needs to have a long-term focus’
Last year, the shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt noted during a speech at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers that parents are quite “baffled” as to why schools in England have to close for in-service training days (otherwise known as Inset or Baker days).
The Labour MP said: “If we want to build a progressive case for professional... »
Teachers ‘tougher on low-income pupils’
Teachers are more likely to be harder on students from low-income families than those who are better off, a new study claims.
Researchers at Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) found that pupils from poor backgrounds will not be considered to be “above average”, even when they do just as well as other children in tests.
Examining data on 5,000 seven-year-old... »
Labour ‘needs to do more’ to get its vision of education across
Labour needs to make more of a concerted effort to get across its plans for education, according to Tristram Hunt.
Writing in the Guardian, the shadow education secretary said that while “the fundamentals” of the party’s education manifesto were sound in principle, properly articulating this during the election campaign was poor.
The manifesto outlined Labour’s... »
Smart but disadvantaged pupils ‘can’t keep up early pace’
Talented male pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds “underachieve” when it comes to taking their GCSEs, new research has found.
A report by the Sutton Trust revealed that over a third (36 per cent) of boys that demonstrate an early brightness are unable to keep up with the pace of education.
The paper, titled Missing Talent, notes how every year there are “high... »
Teachers ‘need more respect’
Former world leaders have come together to urge nations around the globe to do more to not only protect teachers but to help rebuild the respect they “so richly deserve”.
In an open letter published by the Varkey Foundation and Club de Madrid, this power group said that while in most societies throughout history, teachers have been highly admired, this reverence has diminished.
All failing schools to become academies
Every school in England that is deemed to be inadequate by Ofsted will be turned into an academy, under the Education and Adoption Bill.
Published later in Parliament today (June 3rd), the bill will impact on up to 1,000 schools in England. The transformation would be as swift as possible.
The Department for Education will also benefit from new powers that will “sweep away... »
Rugby coaches to help schools build resilience in pupils
Rugby coaches are to be “drafted” into schools across England to helps transform the lives of “disaffected” and disadvantaged children, the Department for Education has announced.
As the government steps up its ambition to “deliver real social justice”, it is hedging some of its bets on its character education scheme, which was launched at the start of... »
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