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Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Obesity is one of the big issues of the day. Over the last 25 years, in the UK alone, the number of people classed as being extremely overweight has more than trebled. Doctors say that the debilitating condition, the cause of so much ill health, is reaching “epidemic” proportions. Only a few days ago, Simon… Read More

September 30, 2014

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There is to be an overhaul in the way A-level modern foreign languages are assessed, a new report from Ofqual has revealed. From the summer of 2015 onwards, students sitting exams in foreign languages subjects will benefit from improved and fairer marking. The report said that the changes are in response to concerns expressed by teachers and… Read More

September 29, 2014

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Three years on from the introduction of the government’s statutory phonics screening check, 100,000 more youngsters are now “on track to become excellent readers”. According to data from the Department of Education, the initiative, which assesses the reading abilities of a child under the age of six – all pupils in Year 1 are required… Read More

September 26, 2014

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The government’s School Direct scheme is failing to deliver on its objectives, resulting in “severe” teacher shortages in schools, a new report has revealed. Commissioned by TES, the study found that schools are struggling to fill vacancies for certain positions, despite their best efforts. The initiative was introduced in 2012 as a way of giving schools more… Read More

September 26, 2014

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Almost half of teachers now lack confidence in A level grades, according to a study conducted by YouGov for Ofqual. The research finds that confidence in the A level system overall remains generally high, with an average of 68 per cent saying they had faith in the system. Yet this masks sizeable variation – headteachers reported confidence levels of 81… Read More

September 25, 2014

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Ofsted says it has found no evidence that three academies in Norfolk were given improper advance warning about the dates of their inspections. The watchdog has completed an investigation into allegations made in the Observer that the schools had been tipped off about when they could expect inspectors to arrive, leaving them with an unfair… Read More

September 24, 2014

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Teachers have reacted with cautious optimism to plans set out by the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to reduce teachers' paperwork to enable them to spend more of their time with pupils in the classroom. That’s the view of specialist educational recruitment consultancy, TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) after Ms Morgan wrote to teaching… Read More

September 24, 2014

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The transformative power that technology possesses is not to be underestimated. We never quite know it at the time, but slowly, our adoption of certain things – and their increasing presence in day-to-day activities – develops key areas of our personal and professional lives. When it comes to education, technology has proven to be a key asset over the… Read More

September 23, 2014

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The quality of schools is not responsible for the gap in attainment between poorer pupils and their more affluent peers, according to a leading education academic. Professor Steve Strand from the University of Oxford was due to present research findings today (September 23rd) showing that the academic performance gap between pupils who are eligible for… Read More

September 23, 2014

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Schools inspectorate Ofsted is due to call for a tougher approach to behaviour management this week, when it publishes a report saying that educators need to do more to tackle low-level disruptive behaviour. A “casual acceptance” of minor misbehaviours in the classroom means that for many children, it is “something of a lottery” whether they will… Read More

September 22, 2014