Think tank suggests teachers can be swayed by PRP
People in primary and secondary teaching jobs in London and the rest of England may eventually embrace performance-related pay (PRP), a think tank has claimed.
As teachers across the country take part in the first round of proposed industrial action tomorrow (October 1st), Policy Exchange has published a poll of teaching staff that it states shows they could easily be won round to the idea... »
Heads and first-hand evidence as important Ofsted reports and stats
Picking the right teaching job in London may be a tricky task with so many schools to choose from and a wealth of available information to wade through. However, teaching candidates could follow the same process that parents are being advised to take.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mumsnet.com founder and chief executive Justine Roberts said: "It's worth being open-minded and... »
Toddlers' learning would be improved by daytime nap
People in primary school teaching jobs in London may feel like they could do with a rest from time to time, but a new report suggests that it would be the children who get the most benefit from having a brief nap.
Research from scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that children aged between three and five who took an hour-long nap after their lunch could boost their... »
Teachers announce strikes for October
Teachers have announced that they will be striking in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions on October 1st.
The two largest teacher unions in the UK - the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) - confirmed the industrial action is in response to government reforms to education.
Christine Blower,... »
Sats results show slight improvement this year
People in primary teaching jobs may be able to take heart in knowing that their hard work is being reflected in the latest Sats results.
New figures show more 11-year-olds are reaching the levels expected in maths and writing, with 76 per cent of pupils attaining the government's level 4 standard.
However, there is still room for improvement with one in four junior students... »
Online exams 'to become norm within decade'
Traditional exam papers will be phased out in the next decade, one teaching expert believes.
David Hanson of the Independent Association of Prep Schools has said that people in maths and English teaching jobs will need to be prepared for the shift to online tests by 2023, as by then, there will be a new generation of teachers who have completely embraced technology as they have grown... »
GCSE league tables changes 'to punish arts'
Performing arts could be marginalised by new plans to alter school league tables, head teachers have argued.
From 2014, schools where students take both dance and drama subjects at GCSE level will see the qualifications listed as one in league tables and this could have a dramatic effect on pupils' choices.
"Some schools may be tempted to say, 'If we can't count... »
Now councils bemoan lack of supply teachers
Just days after concerns were expressed over the amount of classes being covered by supply teachers, a separate report has said that supply teacher numbers are dangerously low.
Several Scottish councils have told the BBC there has been a dramatic drop in the number of supply teachers registered locally, while Scotland's biggest teaching union - the EIS - responded by stating the situation... »
Physical abuse is a clear and present danger for teachers, argues specialist education recruitment consultancy
A report that has revealed details of attacks on teachers in Cambridgeshire by pupils as young as 4 may not be unique, according to a leading specialist education recruitment company.
TLTP Education says that the report which talked about teachers having been bitten, head-butted, jabbed, punched, kicked and slapped by primary school children is being reflected in feedback it has been... »
Teacher absence 'affecting child development'
People in English and maths teacher jobs know the benefit of time and consistency when guiding children through a syllabus.
They may not be surprised to hear that two new reports have found an increasing use of supply teachers is affecting pupils' learning and an over-reliance on temporary cover when teachers are absent is resultingin children being tasked with work that is not... »
Ofsted inspections 'not reliable'
A senior academic has claimed that the methods used by Ofsted inspectors in England for making their judgments about schools may not be reliable.
Professor Robert Coe, voiced a concern of many people in maths and English teacher jobs, namely that there was no proof the watchdog's lesson observations led to valid judgments.
The director of Durham University's Centre for Evaluation... »
Education minister outlines new schools uniform guidance
People in primary and secondary teaching jobs know that there is a lot the government can do to help schools, teachers and pupils.
However, the latest ministerial announcement looks like it will come to the aid of hard-pressed parents.
Education minister David Laws outlined new guidance to end the practice of using a single school uniform supplier in a bid to help reduce the... »
Extra language and arithmetic tests for teaching job candidates?
People applying for teaching jobs in London may think the process is the same all over the UK, but in Scotland it could be about to change.
A series of tests have been published that could see aspiring teachers quizzed on grammar and basic arithmetic. The papers are devised by Education Scotland in partnership with several universities and are a direct response to a report published in... »
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