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Monthly Archives: November 2013


Simon Cowell is the "principal prophet" of a cult of celebrity, which saps children of motivation and discourages them from working hard in the classroom. The attack is worthy of the scathing comments The X Factor supremo usually knocks young hopefuls back with on his reality shows, but actually comes from the mouth of the… Read More

November 29, 2013


Teachers are going to be better equipped and resourced to deal with child abuse situations. This comes in light of a survey carried out by the NSPCC and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) which revealed that one in four teachers has been asked for help by pupils in relation to child abuse.  Over… Read More

November 29, 2013


One of the first free schools to open is facing closure after an critical Ofsted report.  The Discovery New School, in Crawley, West Sussex, has been open for two years. The Montessori primary school was inspected again last month after being awarded an 'inadequate' rating in June.  Schools minister, Lord Nash, wrote a letter to… Read More

November 28, 2013


Universities have stepped in to ensure that all teaching jobs in the next academic year are filled, the former top civil servant at the Department for Education has said. Ex-permanent secretary Sir David Bell has said the government's flagship schools-based training programme School Direct had under-recruited and universities needed to make up the surplus. School… Read More

November 27, 2013


People in teaching jobs in London are some of the best in the country in breaking down existing barriers to social mobility, according to Boris Johnson. The mayor of London has said the city's schools are instrumental in changing social structures that have seen a select group of public school-educated men dominating society. He was… Read More

November 26, 2013


Have any people in English teaching jobs across London or the south-east seen evidence of a gender divide when it comes to writing?  A new poll conducted by the National Literacy Trust found that boys are more than twice as likely as girls to say they hate writing and find it embarrassing. The research revealed… Read More

November 25, 2013


Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has branded his counterpart Michael Gove as a "zealot", claiming his attempt to reform the education system has failed. Mr Hunt criticised the "Michael Gove model, of a competitive, atomistic school landscape" in an interview with the Guardian, and put forward his alternative suggestions. The lack of any hierarchy was… Read More

November 21, 2013


Science lessons do not have enough focus on the practical side of the subject, according to a new Ofsted report.  Teenagers were acquiring good grades at science GCSE, but as the qualification features little testing of the practical element, those in science teaching jobs consequently focussed more on the theoretical side of the subject.  This… Read More

November 21, 2013


Many newly-qualified teachers are now looking for roles in another country to gain experience teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). One of the most popular destinations for English teaching talent is Thailand where many pupils are eager to learn the language. As such, the Phuket News recently interviewed Michael Keag, who has worked in… Read More

November 21, 2013


There could be a pressing need for people to fill new primary teaching jobs in London in the future, as the school-age population continues to grow. New figures from the Greater London Authority (GLA) show that the existing primary school infrastructure will come under increasing strain as the number of youngsters in the capital increases… Read More

November 20, 2013