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The Guardian is reporting that secondary schools struggling to recruit sufficient staff spent a staggering £56m on advertising for vacant posts last year, a 61% increase since 2010 according to the Labour party. At a time when there is a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention some schools revealed they were spending £80,000 a… Read More

July 26, 2016


As teachers across the UK start to enjoy their summer break which is normally about 6 weeks long, half will lose a fortnight or more to school work, according to an exclusive YouGov poll for TES. The survey revealed 44% of teachers will spend a minimum of 10 days on school-related work – the equivalent… Read More

July 25, 2016

Naughty preschooler grimacing against blackboard

Today marks the end of another school year for most pupils and teachers across the UK. Before some our younger ones wave goodbye to Primary school, TES surveyed 2,500 youngsters to find out what they believe every child should have done at school before the age of 11. Some of the answers are hilarious and… Read More

July 22, 2016


The Department of Education has confirmed Amanda Spielman has been approved by the Privy Council to become Ofsted’s next chief inspector. She will replace Sir Michael Wilshaw who is due to step down in December. Doubts were raised over whether the new education secretary Justine Greening would continue with her predecessor Nicky Morgan’s choice for… Read More

July 20, 2016

worklife balance

You normally hear of mothers returning to work after having a baby being forced into accepting lower paid and less skilled jobs in order to meet the demand of their new lifestyle. But new reports from TES show that qualified teachers are choosing to take huge pay cuts and work as teaching assistants rather than… Read More

July 18, 2016


Yes 6 times tables tests for Year 6 pupils will not be introduced next year as originally planned, TES reports. Pupils are expected to know all tables up to 12 x 12 under the national curriculum, and the tests, proposed as part of the Year 6 Sats tests, were due to begin in 2017. The… Read More

July 18, 2016


Theresa May has appointed Justine Greening as the Education Secretary and minister for women and equalities as part her cabinet reshuffle. Nicky Morgan who has faced heavy criticism in recent weeks was sacked from both posts earlier this morning. She was “Disappointed not to be continuing as Education Secretary & Min for Women & Equalities… Read More

July 14, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Nicky Morgan, who will continue as Secretary of State for Education, arrives at Downing Street on May 11, 2015 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron continued to announce his new cabinet with many ministers keeping their old positions.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan has been sacked. The move comes amid new Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, with a new cabinet in the process of being appointed. Announcing the news on Twitter, Nicky Morgan said she was”disappointed” not to be continuining the role, and that it had been… Read More

July 14, 2016


Theresa May is soon to become Britain’s new Prime Minister following her only challenger Andrea Leadsom stepping down yesterday. Ms May is the longest-serving home secretary and the most powerful Conservative woman since Margaret Thatcher. She is well-known for her work in the Home Office, but what are her views on Education? Once she takes… Read More

July 12, 2016


Teachers have sparked outrage over the results of the new SATs tests for Year 6 children. The NUT teaching union has called for the education secretary Nicky Morgan to resign after almost half of Year 6 children failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Nationally, 53 per cent of children reached… Read More

July 11, 2016