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Monthly Archives: January 2014


Schools in England are finding it hard to recruit people into their top-level teaching jobs. The National Governors' Association (NGA) has said candidates who are applying for head teacher jobs are not of the required standard, with written applications often littered with basic grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Chief executive of the NGA Emma Knights… Read More

January 28, 2014


Two of the most powerful men in the teaching industry have moved to heal a supposed rift.  Education secretary Michael Gove has denied people in his department briefed against Ofsted and England's chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw. Over the weekend, the Times reported two think-tanks were set to criticise the watchdog and the… Read More

January 27, 2014


The education system in England is not sufficiently supplying children with the skills required to meet the country's long-term economic needs, a new report has claimed. According to the Making Education Work document, which has been compiled by a group of academics and business leaders, a new cross-party body should be established in order to… Read More

January 27, 2014


People in secondary teaching jobs across the UK will be encouraged by latest government figures, which show more schools are meeting baseline targets on GCSEs.  There are around 3,200 state-funded schools in the UK and around 154 of these are considered to be under-performing, which is a decrease of 61 on the figures from last… Read More

January 24, 2014


Teens who eat their main meal of the day with their parents are far less likely to play truant or miss lessons.  This is according to a new study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which also warns of the detrimental impact of missing lessons.  However, it suggests positive engagement with… Read More

January 22, 2014


The proportion of university students achieving grades above 2:2 level has increased significantly in recent years, but researchers have claimed this is not a result of grade inflation, as previously suspected. According to a study conducted by Lancaster University, people in teaching jobs across the board can take responsibility for the rise, which it argues… Read More

January 21, 2014


A new report has suggested that parents earning a combined income of £80,000 or more should be required to pay fees to send their children to the most popular state schools.  The idea has been floated by private headmaster Dr Anthony Seldon in a document issued by the cross-party think tank Social Market Foundation.  He… Read More

January 20, 2014


High-performing headteachers will be asked to work in schools that need new leaders, but have previously struggled attracting top teaching talent. Schools minister David Laws believes this "champions league" of heads will help turn struggling schools around, but he accepts that in order to set it up, the jobs will have to be rewarded with… Read More

January 17, 2014


People in teaching jobs should stop presenting themselves as "victims". This is the view of the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw who believes that constant complaints from teachers are undermining the good work being carried out in the UK's schools. Speaking at the North of England Education Conference in Nottingham, the country's chief teaching… Read More

January 16, 2014


In a break from the current education policy, Labour will ensure that any person who holds a primary or secondary teaching job will have the requisite qualifications. The rise of free schools and academies have allowed many school operators to employ who they like to work in classrooms and teach youngsters. However, Labour's education secretary… Read More

January 15, 2014