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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Cost-cutting is to be a key agenda item for school leaders over the next 12 months, according to a new report. The study, carried out by The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Browne Jacobson, found that three quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the government's funding policy. School leaders feel that not… Read More

November 27, 2014

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The government has secured a deal that will see thousands of pupils benefit from life-saving defibrillators in their schools. Presently, the agreement involves 500 machines, which were snapped up by the Department for Education (DfE) at a substantially discounted rate. Schools will be able to pick up the defibrillators, which are used when someone experiences a cardiac arrest, at… Read More

November 27, 2014

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Children are not experiencing a positive start to their maths education, according to a new report. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy says that far too many pre-schools and nurseries are failing to deliver the essentials early on. It found, for example, that in 2013/14, 28 per cent of children did not… Read More

November 27, 2014

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The English education system is in danger of creating an "unforgiving exam system", according to the president of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA). Speaking to delegates at the GSA annual conference, Alice Philips said that her younger self would be "written off" by current demands, which she argues offers little by way of second chances,… Read More

November 25, 2014

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The most important feature of being a good and effective teacher is excellent subject knowledge, an expert has said. Speaking at the Mayor's Education Conference at City Hall in London, Mitchell Chester, education commissioner for Massachusetts, US, explained that teachers who have a strong command over their subjects are some of the best professionals around. He told… Read More

November 25, 2014

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The government is expected to miss its own target for trainee teacher recruitment for the third year in a row, which could create a huge shortfall. Some analysts speculate that by 2017, there will be 27,000 fewer teachers than is required. Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claimed that if this continues, schools will have no… Read More

November 25, 2014

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Urgent steps need to be taken to allow qualified English-speaking teachers from Canada, Australia and the United States to be fast tracked to qualified teacher status in the UK to help meet the increasingly worrying shortfall in teachers. That’s the message from education recruitment specialist TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) after claims that, for the third… Read More

November 24, 2014

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It is high time that high quality textbooks returned to classrooms, education minister Nick Gibb has said in a foreword to a new report. The MP said that a "renaissance of intellectually demanding and knowledge-rich textbooks" in England's schools is a necessary tool for boosting standards and delivering excellence in pupils. Writing in the paper Why Textbooks Count, which… Read More

November 24, 2014

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The physicist and TV presenter Brian Cox has urged the government to take advantage of the enthusiasm and interest generated by the Rosetta space mission to encourage more youngsters to pursue careers in science and engineering. Professor Cox, who has come to prominence in recent years as one the UK's most accessible authorities on physics,… Read More

November 24, 2014

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Teachers are constantly looking to innovate, to come up with new ways of delivering lessons. The ultimate goal is to ensure that students not only experience engaging and creative lessons, but gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed  in exams, as well as in further education and employment. However, some approaches leave a lot to be desired,… Read More

November 24, 2014