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Monthly Archives: June 2014


Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to get into top universities in comparison to their more affluent peers, despite having similar levels of attainment at the age of 11, a new study has found. Research by academics at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that on average, over 2,000 talented youngsters from poor families will… Read More

June 30, 2014


A first secondary school teaching job in the UK can be a bit of a shock if you are unprepared. The responsibility that you feel for the future of 20-odd young people doesn't have to be shackles around your wrists, however. Your first teaching job is at least the fulfillment of years of training and… Read More

June 30, 2014


Teachers in London are helping boost standards in the capital's schools, with new research showing a marked improvement across the board. The joint study from CfBT and the Centre for London found that the quality of teaching in London schools since the turn of the century has contributed to better exam results. In comparison to other parts of… Read More

June 27, 2014


Surely everybody who works in UK teaching jobs should be tasked with providing the same standard of education. If the government wants to persuade the large swathes of the teaching workforce that are still sceptical about its performance-related pay reforms then ministers need to show that performance will be accurately measured. Should this criteria not… Read More

June 27, 2014


Population booms in many areas – London being the primary example – coupled with a kink in the pipeline of new top teaching talent, has left the government looking at ways to fill vacant teaching jobs.   Recent retirees The latest proposal could see pensioners encouraged to come out of retirement and retrain as teachers…. Read More

June 27, 2014


The current education system will no longer be "fit for purpose" in 20 years' time, according to a new study published by the Royal Society. To ensure this does not happen, the report urges the government to create a new baccalaureate-style qualification that would effectively replace A-levels. The Royal Society goes further and advises that… Read More

June 26, 2014


Many new graduates feel their appetite for adventure, professional development and new experiences can be best served by looking for a teaching job abroad. Whether this be a standard teaching appointment such as a science teacher vacancy in another country or an opportunity to teach English as a foreign language to non-native speakers, a good… Read More

June 25, 2014


A new international study which shows that fewer than a third of teachers in developed countries feel their profession is valued reinforces the importance of promoting a positive and constructive view of the profession. That’s the view of leading education recruitment consultancy TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool), which sponsors the Pride In Teaching campaign… Read More

June 25, 2014


This September saw fewer pupils in England admitted to their first-choice secondary school than at any time in the past five years. Official figures published by the Department for Education (DoE) show 85.2 per cent of 11-year-olds gained places at their first-choice school in 2014, a significant drop on the 86.7 per cent who did… Read More

June 25, 2014


Anyone with a teaching job in the UK will be keen to see the manifestos of the country's political parties before casting their vote in next year's general election. Education is always a key political background and the right proposals from any of the parties could see them winning a majority in what is expected… Read More

June 24, 2014