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Monthly Archives: July 2014


Michael Gove’s departure from the Department for Education (DfE) was a surprise to many of his peers – and even to teachers, since most had expected him to stay in office to deliver his controversial reforms. Perhaps unsurprisingly for one of the most divisive ministers in recent memory, the reactions to his departure were varied…. Read More

July 31, 2014


David Hoare has been announced as the new chairperson of school inspection body Ofsted. Replacing Baroness Sally Morgan when she steps down in September, Mr Hoare will draw on extensive business experience at organisations such as Bain and Company, Virgin Express and the DX group, in his new role at the head of the inspection… Read More

July 31, 2014


Teaching staff need more time to devote to continued development if they are to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in further education (FE). These are the findings of a consultation conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), which… Read More

July 30, 2014


The results of a fascinating study from psychologists at Harvard University and the University of Virginia were published earlier this month in the journal Science. In short, it concluded that men, for the most part, would prefer to experience an electric shock than be left alone with their thoughts. Thinking was far too painful. It would be… Read More

July 25, 2014


Albus Dumbledore has been named as teachers' top fictional teacher in a poll conducted by TES. Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, to give him his proper name, is a much-loved and prominent character from the Harry Potter books. It is certainly a shrewd choice, as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry headmaster is considered not only… Read More

July 25, 2014


The fact that you have got through your teacher training course unscathed and are still enthusiastic about the teaching profession is a landmark event in itself. Now your focus shifts to doing applications, booking in some additional work experience if you have the time. It's all leading up to the inevitable – an interview. Now, while you've certainly experienced… Read More

July 24, 2014


The government has launched a new consultation that would transform the current school admissions code to make it fairer and more open. Under the proposals, schools in England would be allowed to prioritise places for disadvantaged youngsters, to "provide greater freedom". This, ministers explained in an official document, would support social mobility by ensuring schools are more diverse…. Read More

July 24, 2014


Teachers of A-level Sociology in England will be delivering a more comprehensive, "hard-hitting" syllabus from September 2015, the OCR has announced. The awarding body revealed that the subject, which is accredited by Ofqual, will better reflect some of the key contemporary social challenges in the world today. This includes a compulsory module dedicated to the impact of globalisation… Read More

July 23, 2014


The UK government has announced that music education is to benefit from a significant funding boost. Education minister Nick Gibb said that an extra £18 million has been earmarked for music education, including the nationwide network of 123 music hubs, which were, in collaboration with the Arts Council England, set up over two years go…. Read More

July 23, 2014


Schools that experience frequent inspections are more likely to make an even greater effort in boosting performance, according to a new study from Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring. Researchers discovered that schools that were observed regularly by Ofsted tended to spend more time on raising standards in teaching than schools that have been examined less… Read More

July 22, 2014