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Monthly Archives: March 2014


People working in primary and secondary teaching jobs in London have performed a minor miracle over the past decade. They have turned the capital's schools into some of the best in the country with the help of a city-wide scheme called the London Challenge. This was a school improvement programme set up in 2003, tasked… Read More

March 31, 2014


Persistent attacks on teachers for taking action over pay and pensions could undermine attempts to attract new people to the profession and address the looming teacher shortage. That's the view of specialist education recruitment company TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool), which says that politically-motivated attempts to discredit teachers could have unforeseen consequences. "Whether you… Read More

March 31, 2014


Ofsted has given its biggest indication yet that it is willing to change the way it inspects people in teaching jobs and the schools that employ them. Teachers have attributed much of their disgruntlement to the watchdog in recent times, with Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) general secretary Brian Lightman accusing Ofsted inspections… Read More

March 28, 2014


Placards have been dropped and order has been restored in British classrooms following the latest bout of industrial action orchestrated by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).  The March 26th walkout was the latest in a series of strikes in an ongoing dispute over numerous grievances because people in primary and secondary teaching jobs in… Read More

March 28, 2014


Today (March 26th) sees thousands of people in teaching jobs in London and the south east leave the classroom and take to the picket line in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions. The strike has been organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), leaders of which say the industrial action is a… Read More

March 26, 2014


Teaching jobs in a London secondary school will become the latest to be put in front of the TV cameras. Following on from Educating Essex and Yorkshire, a school in east London's Walthamstow will be highlighted in the Channel 4 series. Cameras will be welcomed into Frederick Bremer School, which was only opened in 2008…. Read More

March 25, 2014


Ofsted has outlined radical new proposals that could mean up to 60 per cent of England's schools may no longer be subject to full inspections. Speaking to a selection of the UK's head teachers, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw addressed concerns about the current Ofsted regime head on. A number of think tanks have recently… Read More

March 24, 2014


The debate about the suitability of academy chains rages on. Some academy operators have been criticised because they are too "managerial" and do not place enough emphasis on learning. This is according to Christine Gilbert, who chaired an independent commission of inquiry into academies last year.  Yesterday (March 19th) she told the Commons Education Select… Read More

March 21, 2014


People in secondary maths teaching jobs have come under scrutiny from an industry leader, who believes they are failing to give pupils comprehensive careers advice. Hot on the heels of Vince Cable's comments regarding teachers who 'know nothing of the world of work', Jenny Body, the first female president of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS),… Read More

March 20, 2014


Michael Gove has recently took the simple decision of choosing which school to send his daughter to. However, it made headlines as Beatrice Gove will become the first offspring of a Conservative education secretary to enrol at a state secondary school when she starts at Grey Coat Hospital in London later this year. The Gove… Read More

March 19, 2014