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Monthly Archives: February 2015

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The government has announced that 100 "exceptional middle leaders" are to take up posts in some of the most challenging schools in England to boost standards across the board, raise the quality of education and transform teaching and subject leadership. Schools minister David Laws is asking talented individuals that fit this description – heads of… Read More

February 27, 2015

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The impact that a class size has on the quality and effectiveness of teaching is to be examined, an education expert has revealed. Peter Blatchford, professor of psychology and education at University College London’s Institute of Education, said that researchers from all over the world are to look into this highly topical area and work… Read More

February 26, 2015

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A Labour government will look to introduce a new "gold standard" qualification for headteachers, as part of reforms to enhance the skill-set of school leaders. In a speech at The City Academy in Hackney, London, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that headteachers would receive lessons from businesses to better help them manage big budgets. They would… Read More

February 24, 2015

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Absence from school for even a short period of time can have a detrimental impact on a pupil’s ability to succeed at school, according to new research from the Department for Education. The report showed that 44 per cent of youngsters with 100 per cent attendance figures over Key Stage 4 achieve the English Baccalaureate,… Read More

February 23, 2015

Does anyone actually enjoy being interviewed for a job they are keen on, you know, the kind of role that seems to make perfect sense personally and professionally, especially at the start of your career? It's reasonable to assume that the answer to that question is a resolute no, the thought of it alone enough to… Read More

February 19, 2015

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The part of brain that is able to identify a lack of understanding in other people has identified by researchers, which will help to deliver insight into how teachers are able to pick up incomprehension in their pupils. They discovered during their tests that the anterior cingulate cortex is the part of the brain that… Read More

February 18, 2015

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Sex education should be made mandatory in all primary and secondary schools in England, according to a new report from the Commons Education Select Committee. MPs behind the document said teaching youngsters age-appropriate sex and relationship education is essential in ensuring that they make the right decisions and stay safe. The report noted that personal,… Read More

February 18, 2015

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As of September 2016, pupils studying arts and computer-based GCSE and A-level subjects will experience a higher quality of content that is, at the same time, more "rigorous and demanding", as the government puts it. At the core of art and design, music and dance subjects will be a commitment to encouraging young people to… Read More

February 17, 2015

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A web-based educational programme is delivering swift and positive results in boosting the reading skills of 11-year-olds, according to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The charity revealed that Accelerated Reader has been found to boost the reading age of Year 7 pupils by three additional months over a 22-week period. Most notably, analysis of data showed that… Read More

February 16, 2015

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Trainee teachers are candid in how difficult their experience of a PGCE is, a fact that is drilled home before they’ve even sat their first class. When being interviewed, one of the key points that is put across to prospective candidates is that it is no small undertaking: it will be hard going, both physically… Read More

February 13, 2015