Education after Gove: where next?
Michael Gove’s departure from the Department for Education (DfE) was a surprise to many of his peers - and even to teachers, since most had expected him to stay in office to deliver his controversial reforms. Perhaps unsurprisingly for one of the most divisive ministers in recent memory, the reactions to his departure were varied.
James O’Shaughnessy, a former advisor to David... »
David Hoare becomes new Ofsted chair
David Hoare has been announced as the new chairperson of school inspection body Ofsted.
Replacing Baroness Sally Morgan when she steps down in September, Mr Hoare will draw on extensive business experience at organisations such as Bain and Company, Virgin Express and the DX group, in his new role at the head of the inspection body. He is also chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Training needed to improve STEM in FE
Teaching staff need more time to devote to continued development if they are to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in further education (FE).
These are the findings of a consultation conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), which received submissions from teaching... »
The importance of reflective practice
The results of a fascinating study from psychologists at Harvard University and the University of Virginia were published earlier this month in the journal Science. In short, it concluded that men, for the most part, would prefer to experience an electric shock than be left alone with their thoughts. Thinking was far too painful.
It would be interesting to see how many of the... »
Dumbledore 'teachers' favourite teacher'
Albus Dumbledore has been named as teachers' top fictional teacher in a poll conducted by TES.
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, to give him his proper name, is a much-loved and prominent character from the Harry Potter books.
It is certainly a shrewd choice, as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry headmaster is considered not only to... »
Preparing for a teaching interview
The fact that you have got through your teacher training course unscathed and are still enthusiastic about the teaching profession is a landmark event in itself. Now your focus shifts to doing applications, booking in some additional work experience if you have the time. It's all leading up to the inevitable – an interview.
Now, while you've certainly experienced... »
Disadvantaged children 'priority for school places'
The government has launched a new consultation that would transform the current school admissions code to make it fairer and more open.
Under the proposals, schools in England would be allowed to prioritise places for disadvantaged youngsters, to "provide greater freedom".
This, ministers explained in an official document, would support social mobility by... »
A-level Sociology 'sheds soft image'
Teachers of A-level Sociology in England will be delivering a more comprehensive, "hard-hitting" syllabus from September 2015, the OCR has announced.
The awarding body revealed that the subject, which is accredited by Ofqual, will better reflect some of the key contemporary social challenges in the world today.
This includes a compulsory module dedicated... »
Music education receives funding boost
The UK government has announced that music education is to benefit from a significant funding boost.
Education minister Nick Gibb said that an extra £18 million has been earmarked for music education, including the nationwide network of 123 music hubs, which were, in collaboration with the Arts Council England, set up over two years go.
In total, the government has now invested... »
School inspections ‘improve performance’
Schools that experience frequent inspections are more likely to make an even greater effort in boosting performance, according to a new study from Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring.
Researchers discovered that schools that were observed regularly by Ofsted tended to spend more time on raising standards in teaching than schools that have been examined... »
Ofsted 'prefers child-led' teaching
Ofsted is promoting child-led teaching methods in schools and unfairly punishing those that prefer more traditional styles, a new report from Civitas has stated.
Analysis of 260 Ofsted Section 5 inspections has led the thinktank to conclude that the official body for scrutinising schools has a preference for newfangled approaches to education, the merits of which have... »
Cash boost for underfunded schools
Schools minister David Laws has announced additional funding is to be given to schools as part of a government drive to balance regional imbalances in education.
In a written statement, Mr Laws said that an extra £390 million will go to schools in poorly funded areas, which will go a long way to boosting their ability to deliver “world-class” teaching.
The MP for Yeovil explained... »
Pupil numbers in England to top £8m by 2023
The number of pupils studying in England’s schools is expected to go beyond eight million for the first time in over half a century, the Department for Education (DfE) has revealed.
According to government statisticians, the hike has been attributed to a general increase in birth rate since 2002. Currently there are approximately 7.1 million children and young people in schools.
Teachers in England 'want more meaningful' professional development
Continuous professional development is lauded by academics, championed by school teachers and praised by school leaders, yet, in actuality, it fails to be effectively deployed on a regular basis.
According to new research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), teachers in England spend half as many days on professional development activities as their international... »
Pupil premium proving to be a success
Teachers are doing an even greater job of engaging disadvantaged pupils and raising their attainment levels, according to a new report.
Ofsted's Pupil Premium update revealed that state schools are benefitting from additional funding, which is specifically geared towards closing the gap between disadvantaged youngsters and their peers.
The survey, the third of... »
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