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Monthly Archives: December 2014

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The government has announced that the Safer Internet Centre is to benefit from an extra £500,000 in funding, boosting the institution’s ability to deliver on its key objectives. Coordinated by a trio of organisations – Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – the centre provides information and education… Read More

December 27, 2014

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England’s schools have the potential to be better. Its teachers have the potential to be admired. It’s pupils have in them the capacity to achieve beyond their wildest expectations. It just takes effort, time and investment – as well as commitment, motivation and endurance – to make it so. In time, the nation can be… Read More

December 24, 2014

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More needs to be done to support existing teachers and enhance their experience of the profession, according to an expert. Kate Crowhurst, a former teacher and currently an MPhil student in politics, development and democratic education at the University of Cambridge, explains that this is the first step needed to address the UK’s teacher shortage… Read More

December 23, 2014

Tablets are increasingly being used in schools with almost 70 per cent of institutions deploying the hardware in lessons, according to new research. The charity Tablets for Schools found that 69 per cent of secondary schools now use tablets regularly, as does 68 per cent of primary schools. Analysing data provided by 671 state and… Read More

December 22, 2014

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The government is to provide councils with more money to successfully establish special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms. An additional £31.7 million has been earmarked for local authorities to make this happen over the next two years. Edward Timpson, children and families minister, said that these changes will “put children and parents at the heart… Read More

December 22, 2014

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The Sutton Trust has launched a new programme that offers better support to England’s brightest students. Sutton Scholars will ensure that highly able low and middle-income pupils between the ages of 11 and 14, who are studying in state secondary schools, will be able to better achieve their aspirations. Starting at Key Stage 3, the… Read More

December 22, 2014

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School leaders need to do more to transform the way they approach Ofsted inspections, according to schools minister David Laws. Speaking recently in a TES webchat, Mr Laws argued that headteachers are unnecessarily increasing the workload of their teachers by demanding more from them in the run up to assessments. The MP explained that Ofsted… Read More

December 19, 2014

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Nick Clegg has lauded the government's free school meals programme, which he has personally been championing. In the first three months of its launch, the scheme has seen had a high uptake, with 85 per cent of infants benefitting from nutritious lunches. The deputy prime minister made the announcement during a visit to Hallfield Primary School… Read More

December 18, 2014

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The government has announced that it is to invest millions of pounds to help make England a "global leader" in teaching "character". Under these plans, teachers will help instill "resilience and grit" in the nation's pupils, education secretary Nick Morgan said. Schools that are already deliver programmes that complement this new drive will be first to receive funding from… Read More

December 18, 2014

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Mainstream schools need to do more to include, support and inspire children and young people with learning disabilities, according to a leading charity. Mencap, which describes itself as the voice of learning disability, surveyed parents with a child that has a learning disability and found that many feel hard done by current systems. It reported,… Read More

December 17, 2014