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Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Erasers are a common enough pencil case accessory, up there with the pencil sharpener, fountain pen, highlighter and biro. For some students, they are purely functional, there to rub away any mistakes they may have made or simply because they’re not happy with what it is they have produced. Others are more passionate about rubbers,… Read More

May 29, 2015

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The government intends to speed up intervention in failing schools, it has been revealed during the Queen’s Speech at the official opening of Parliament on May 27th. Under the Education and Adoption Bill, schools failed to be under-performing will ultimately become sponsored academies. The Conservatives stated that “it is clear the solution” for what it… Read More

May 28, 2015

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Students are more stressed than ever with exams, according to data analysed by ChildLine. In fact, so bad is it, that “school and education” issues has emerged as the top concern of youngsters when contacting the helpline. The service reported there has been a massive 200 per cent increase in the number of young people… Read More

May 26, 2015

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Schools in London could face losing up to 6500 teachers this year, according to a specialist education recruitment consultancy. As schools begin their search to fill vacancies for September, TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) says that if Department of Education statistics – which show around one in 12 full-time teachers leaving the profession each year- are… Read More

May 26, 2015

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Education secretary Nick Morgan has described free schools as being “modern engines of social justice” in a speech to mark the opening of the latest application window for people to tender their proposals. She said these not-for-profit institutions, which can be set up by parents, teachers, businesses and charities, will help to “break the cycle… Read More

May 22, 2015

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Ofqual has asked all exam boards to rewrite parts of their new maths GCSE exams because they are not up to scratch. The regulator concluded in its assessment of four exam boards, that three had produced papers that were too difficult for the level they were testing, while the other was too easy. OCR, Pearson… Read More

May 21, 2015

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The popularity of reading has, in the western world, dwindled, sidelined largely by advances in numerous technology, which have, powerfully so, changed people’s behaviour and attitude to the pursuit. This leisurely, fun, provocative and insightful activity is now the last consideration when it comes to entertainment. Or at least that is what we previously thought… Read More

May 20, 2015

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It is limiting to think that the most talented and effective teachers come from a highly qualified background, a top educator has said. Professor Pasi Sahlberg, a renowned Finnish teacher and scholar, told delegates at the Oppi education festival in New York recently that that the assumption all teachers come from top-performing schools is a "dangerous… Read More

May 18, 2015

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The Creative Industries Federation, with support from the Institution of Civil Engineers, has launched a new Creative Education Agenda, outlining how and why the Conservative government “should support cultural and creative learning in the UK”. In the paper, the membership organisation argues that for too long now, policymakers and some schools have pursued a narrow… Read More

May 15, 2015

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Nicky Morgan, who has just been reappointed as education secretary in the first Conservative-only cabinet in 18 years, says she is committed to working closely with teachers to ensure that every child benefits from a good education. Speaking to the Press Association, the MP, who comfortably defended her Loughborough seat – increasing her majority to… Read More

May 12, 2015