Government announces new ‘food GCSE’
Obesity is one of the big issues of the day. Over the last 25 years, in the UK alone, the number of people classed as being extremely overweight has more than trebled. Doctors say that the debilitating condition, the cause of so much ill health, is reaching “epidemic” proportions. Only a few days ago, Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, told public health officials at... »
A-level languages assessment to be improved
There is to be an overhaul in the way A-level modern foreign languages are assessed, a new report from Ofqual has revealed.
From the summer of 2015 onwards, students sitting exams in foreign languages subjects will benefit from improved and fairer marking.
The report said that the changes are in response to concerns expressed by teachers and stakeholders over the quality... »
Phonics check ‘a success’
Three years on from the introduction of the government’s statutory phonics screening check, 100,000 more youngsters are now “on track to become excellent readers”.
According to data from the Department of Education, the initiative, which assesses the reading abilities of a child under the age of six – all pupils in Year 1 are required to undergo the appraisal –... »
School Direct ‘not working effectively’
The government’s School Direct scheme is failing to deliver on its objectives, resulting in “severe” teacher shortages in schools, a new report has revealed.
Commissioned by TES, the study found that schools are struggling to fill vacancies for certain positions, despite their best efforts.
The initiative was introduced in 2012 as a way of giving schools... »
Teachers lack faith in A levels
Almost half of teachers now lack confidence in A level grades, according to a study conducted by YouGov for Ofqual.
The research finds that confidence in the A level system overall remains generally high, with an average of 68 per cent saying they had faith in the system. Yet this masks sizeable variation – headteachers reported confidence levels of 81 per... »
Ofsted: no evidence of inspection warnings
Ofsted says it has found no evidence that three academies in Norfolk were given improper advance warning about the dates of their inspections.
The watchdog has completed an investigation into allegations made in the Observer that the schools had been tipped off about when they could expect inspectors to arrive, leaving them with an unfair advantage over other schools.
It looked... »
Teachers responding with cautious optimism to new plans to reduce workload, says educational recruitment specialist
Teachers have reacted with cautious optimism to plans set out by the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to reduce teachers' paperwork to enable them to spend more of their time with pupils in the classroom.
That’s the view of specialist educational recruitment consultancy, TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) after Ms Morgan wrote to teaching unions to say she wanted... »
Teachers ‘not digitally savvy’
The transformative power that technology possesses is not to be underestimated. We never quite know it at the time, but slowly, our adoption of certain things – and their increasing presence in day-to-day activities – develops key areas of our personal and professional lives.
When it comes to education, technology has proven to be a key asset over the years.... »
Better schools ‘don’t close attainment gap’
The quality of schools is not responsible for the gap in attainment between poorer pupils and their more affluent peers, according to a leading education academic.
Professor Steve Strand from the University of Oxford was due to present research findings today (September 23rd) showing that the academic performance gap between pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those... »
Ofsted: Low-level disruption must be tackled
Schools inspectorate Ofsted is due to call for a tougher approach to behaviour management this week, when it publishes a report saying that educators need to do more to tackle low-level disruptive behaviour.
A “casual acceptance” of minor misbehaviours in the classroom means that for many children, it is “something of a lottery” whether they will be taught in... »
Enthusiasm 'a key quality' for inspiring teachers
Teachers believe that possessing enthusiasm for the profession and having the ability to nurture positive relationships with students are two key qualities needed to succeed, according to a major new study into what "inspiring teaching' actually means.
Led by CfBT Education Trust, in collaboration with University of Worcester and the University of Oxford, researchers... »
Conflicts of interest ‘common’ in academy trusts
Conflicts of interest in academy trusts are common, a new report by the Education Select Committee has found.
In its report into the matter, the committee said that this is “not surprising” as the very design of academy trusts – i.e. independent organisations in charge of public money – lends itself to “questionable” financial practices.
Primary schools benefit from PE premium
The quality of PE lessons in primary schools has improved since the launch of a new funding drive by the government last year, the government has revealed in a report.
Thanks to the initial £150 million PE and sport premium, nine out of ten schools in England have made notable progress in the delivery of PE classes.
Extra funding has been allocated to headteachers who are... »
Your future, their future
The government has launched a new teacher recruitment campaign to encourage talent into the profession.
Your future, their future is part of a wider drive to boost the quality of education in England, as well as the number of teachers.
The government states that approximately 35,000 trainee teachers need to be taken on every year and employs the National College... »
Ofsted: Better tracking of NEETs and dropouts needed
There have been many efforts made to ensure that young people are directed, supported and assisted when it comes to life beyond traditional education. However, there needs to be a lot of work done to boost various schemes and initiatives that attempt to secure the future of youngsters once they leave school.
This is the opinion of Lorna Fitzjohn, director for further education... »
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