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Monthly Archives: June 2015


A longstanding talking point in education has been the divide in attainment levels between children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers from affluent backgrounds. Addressing this issue and shortening the gap remains a key priority for all policymakers and stakeholders in education. There are a number of reasons as to why youngsters… Read More

June 29, 2015


There has been an increase in the number of graduates from Oxford and Cambridge who have taken up teaching posts in state secondary schools, according to new research. The Sutton Trust report, Teaching by Numbers, revealed that this year, there are approximately 11,000 teachers with a degree from Oxbridge. In 2003, the figure stood at… Read More

June 25, 2015


A distinct approach to maths education that is popular in Singapore can lead to a “small but welcome improvement” in English children’s mathematics skills, according to new research. The study, from the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge, noted that the Maths Mastery programme – as it is… Read More

June 22, 2015


The latest Ofsted inspection results have been lauded by the education secretary and the government. It reveals that the number of schools in England classed as “good” or outstanding” is at a record high. Nicky Morgan said that this is positive news and reflects the hard work done by all stakeholders over the past five… Read More

June 17, 2015


Getting primary school pupils to think creatively in science lessons can boost their understanding of the subject, according to a new report. The paper, Think, Doing, Talking Science, found that by asking Year 5 children so-called “big questions”, it is possible to enhance their knowledge of science. Commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the… Read More

June 15, 2015


The Conservative government has outlined its plans to transform the quality of education in England, at the heart of which lies an emphasis on so-called traditional academic subjects. School minister Nick Gibb revealed in a speech that under a new system, all secondary school pupils would be required to take at least five core subjects… Read More

June 11, 2015


Last year, the shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt noted during a speech at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers that parents are quite “baffled” as to why schools in England have to close for in-service training days (otherwise known as Inset or Baker days). The Labour MP said: “If we want… Read More

June 11, 2015


Teachers are more likely to be harder on students from low-income families than those who are better off, a new study claims. Researchers at Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) found that pupils from poor backgrounds will not be considered to be “above average”, even when they do just as well as other… Read More

June 10, 2015


Labour needs to make more of a concerted effort to get across its plans for education, according to Tristram Hunt. Writing in the Guardian, the shadow education secretary said that while “the fundamentals” of the party’s education manifesto were sound in principle, properly articulating this during the election campaign was poor. The manifesto outlined Labour’s… Read More

June 8, 2015


Talented male pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds “underachieve” when it comes to taking their GCSEs, new research has found. A report by the Sutton Trust revealed that over a third (36 per cent) of boys that demonstrate an early brightness are unable to keep up with the pace of education. The paper, titled Missing Talent, notes… Read More

June 6, 2015