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Monthly Archives: January 2015

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The number of secondary schools in England that are deemed to be underperforming has doubled to more than 300, according to new data published by the Department for Education. One of the main reasons for this incredible rise is to do with changes made to exams and league tables. In short, exams are said to be harder… Read More

January 29, 2015

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A significant number of teachers are of the opinion that their respective school’s approach to pay is unfair, according to a new report from the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Half of professions surveyed said that their employers pay policy is flawed, with over 60 per cent commenting that performance related pay having a negative… Read More

January 26, 2015

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The pleasure of reading is increasingly becoming a lost art among youngsters, according to the majority of teachers. This is the major finding of a new survey from Pearson and the Booktrust, which showed that more than half of teachers (57 per cent) are of the opinion that today’s pupils are less inclined to spend time reading than they did… Read More

January 23, 2015

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Teachers have the power to transform the lives of children and young people, according to education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Speaking at the Education World Forum in London recently, she said that no matter where you are in the world, the importance of teachers is paramount. She explained that children should receive – and their parents expect –… Read More

January 22, 2015

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A massive drive to boost the teaching of the new computer curriculum in primary schools is to be made possible by a £3.6 million funding drive, with cash coming from technology giants like Google and O2. In a recent speech at the annual BETT conference in London, education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that experts from these companies… Read More

January 22, 2015

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Government plans to revamp primary school league tables should be modified to position pupil progress as the main measure of quality, a new report has stated. Published by CentreForum, the study argues the alterative system put forward by the coalition in 2014 will not deliver an accurate picture of any given school. According to government… Read More

January 21, 2015

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Last year the government announced that it was looking to review initial teacher training (ITT) courses, the aim of which was to assess what is and isn't working effectively. Identifying what does have a positive impact – equipping trainees with the skills and knowledge needed to become "outstanding teachers" – was high on the agenda. The… Read More

January 21, 2015

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There has been a lot of change in education over the last ten years, with many important developments helping transform the experience children and young people have from primary school onwards. According to the Department for Education, against this backdrop, the standards that stakeholders expect of school leaders have not really evolved. This is something… Read More

January 20, 2015

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Reforms to education around the globe, though well-intentioned, are unable to be properly assessed because of ineffective evaluation methodology, a new report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found. According to the paper, entitled Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reform Happen, although spending on education has gone up among OECD countries,… Read More

January 20, 2015

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Child illiteracy is to be a key area of policy for the Liberal Democrats if they remain in government, its leader has announced. Nick Clegg said that the party will outline in its manifesto for the upcoming General Election its commitment to ending illiteracy in children by 2025. This means that every child born after 2014 will… Read More

January 19, 2015