Ministers accused of failing to listen after dropping reception tests
Ministers have been accused of failing to listen to sound advice they were given by teachers' unions after they eventually chose to shelve plans to introduce new baseline testing for reception pupils across England and Wales.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the tests would be scrapped for this year, because the three testing systems that were being used would have proven... »
Teacher training to be revamped in Wales to become best in the world
The Welsh education minister has promised changes to the teacher training system in the nation that will see it become one of the best in the world, it has been reported.
According to the BBC, Huw Lewis has promised that any universities taking part in teacher training will be presented with new guidelines for the process, which will see them asked to make their training courses among... »
26,000 Welsh pupils risk leaving school without being able to read and write
There is a growing concern that many Welsh school pupils will leave school without the ability to read and write properly, according to a campaign group that has looked into the extent of the issue.
The Read On. Get On. coalition has called for action to be taken to tackle the issue, which it says could see as many as 26,000 pupils across Wales leaving school without these skills... »
Language skills at a young age are key to future learning
Children who have poor language skills at an early age are more likely to have problems with academic subjects in the later part of their primary school learning process, a new study has discovered.
According to the research carried out by Save the Children, children who struggled with language when they started school at the age of five will have significant problems when it comes to maths... »
Govt to 'quietly' cut budget for free school meals
The government has been accused of potentially sending thousands of small primary schools into financial trouble by quietly scrapping the funding that allows them to afford to provide free school meals for their pupils.
As many as 2,867 small primary schools across England and Wales are currently receiving £2,300 extra in funding per year so they can afford these meals, but... »
State schools' strong performance 'putting private sector at risk'
State schools are making ground on their private counterparts in terms of performance, potentially putting the future of private establishments at risk, according to the editor of the Good Schools Guide.
The guide's editor said state schools have improved so much in recent years, with more high performers in the sector now than ever before, that parents who would have previously... »
State schools provide half of students to Oxford and Cambridge
Half of all students who go to Oxford and Cambridge University are coming from schools in the state sector, the latest admissions data has shown, which also indicates that smaller specialist institutions are 100 per cent provided for by state schools.
According to the data released by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on admissions for universities, as many as 89.8 per cent of people... »
Are e-books bringing the age of paper books to an end?
Books have been a big part of the learning process in a number of fashions for hundreds of years across the world, but more schools, particularly in the US, are now turning their backs on the traditional paper medium; so are e-books helping to bring the age of the paper book to an end?
According to the The National Literacy Trust, more schools are now starting to use e-books, although in... »
Teachers 'bumping up predicted grades' to help pupils with uni admissions
Teachers in England and Wales are apparently bumping up the predicted grades for pupils sitting their A-levels as a way to improve their chances of getting into the top universities they are applying for, it has been claimed.
Ucas head Mary Curnock Cook said this is a response to the way universities now operate, with many relaxing their rules on grades simply to help improve the... »
Girls perform better at GCSEs in all-girl schools
Girls who attend single-sex state schools in England are more likely to perform well on their GCSEs than those who go to mixed schools, according to new research.
The education data analysts SchoolDash said that this is particularly prevalent as a factor among poorer students, with girls from these backgrounds far more likely to see strong performance in their exams than those who... »
More schools rated as high performers in colour codes
A greater number of schools across England and Wales have been rated as performing well under a new colour-coded system of grading in the second year of this style of rating being put in place.
According to governmental data, as many as 333 primary schools across England and Wales managed to achieve the top green rating in 2015. This was an impressive climb from the 236 who achieved... »
Schools being told to abandon prejudice against apprenticeships
Schools across England are to be asked to promote apprenticeships as much as a university education, as the education secretary seeks to bring an end to the so called "outdated snobbery" that exists when it comes to getting people onto the former.
Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, said she will be bringing in new legislation that will ensure technical colleges... »
British schools ranked by GCSE results for the last time
Schools in England and Wales are set to see big changes in the way they are ranked moving forward, as this year marks the last academic year that they will be judged solely on their raw GCSE results.
Head teachers nationwide have welcomed the decision, which will see schools measured on a much wider range of metrics and results across eight subjects. The government has said that schools... »
Monitoring of academy schools 'needs reevaluation' say MPs
The government needs to look into the way academy schools are assessed in order to simplify the process, a report published by the Education Select Committee has claimed.
With more than 5,000 schools across England and Wales now having become academies, the group of MPs said the system for evaluating and tracking their performance is "confused, fragmented and lacking in transparency",... »
Teachers want healthy eating to be part of curriculum
Teachers in the UK want to see healthy eating become part of the curriculum with many concerned that their pupils have little knowledge about what constitutes a healthy meal.
According to a survey of more than 500 primary school teachers, conducted by the educational programme Eat Like A Champ, nearly as many as half of all teachers (46 per cent) across the country believe their students... »
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