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Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced sex and relationships education will be made compulsory in all of England’s schools. Up until now, this has only been compulsory in council-run secondary schools. The current statutory guidance for sex and relationships education was introduced in 2000, however times have changed and seventeen years later it is out… Read More

March 2, 2017


  No matter how many Sue Cowley books you read before becoming a teacher, be it ‘Getting the buggers to behave’ or ‘How to survive your first year in teaching’, they may offer some answers but nothing will prepare you more than actually standing in front of 30 pupils and teaching a lesson!   We… Read More

February 28, 2017


England’s schools are facing its major challenge in recruiting and retaining teachers and senior leaders, MPS from the Education Select Committee have warned. Key subject areas such as Maths, Physics and Computing were the hardest hit. For the fifth year in a row the government has failed to deal with the problem resulting in missing… Read More

February 27, 2017

MPs have argued the government has failed to provide sufficient evidence to show opening new grammar schools would improve social mobility and the quality of education for all pupils. The Department for Education (DfE) has argued that removing the ban on opening new grammars will be a way of making “more good school places available,… Read More

February 14, 2017

teacher training cuts

  The key to raising school standards is to ensure a high level of teaching is being delivered consistently and effectively. In order to achieve this the Department of Education (DfE) has said it is vital for all teachers to receive the necessary training, however the Teacher Development Trust have highlighted there are 20,000 teachers… Read More

February 3, 2017

overseas recruitment drive

The government is tendering for a £300,000 contract to recruit teachers from Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and the US in a drive to address the shortages of teachers. It comes as the Migration Advisory Committee recommended widening the number of subjects for which schools could recruit from non-EU countries. The committee held back from declaring… Read More

January 27, 2017

Mike Crowhurst

  The TES have revealed No. 10 have appointed Mike Crowhurst a former History teacher as head of education. Mr Crowhurst has a degree in History from Oxford University and a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership from Warwick University. He taught at the comprehensive school Kingsbury School and Sports College in Birmingham before joining the… Read More

January 26, 2017

theresa may post brexit meeting

As part of Theresa May’s post Brexit strategy plan the prime minister has unveiled the government is investing £170 million to establish its “Institutes of Technology” strategy. It will work towards tackling Britain’s low productivity compared to other developed countries, something which Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, has prioritised. The plan will include opening a specialist… Read More

January 23, 2017

teachers pay cuts

Cuts to teachers’ pay have contributed to the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis that is threatening standards of education across the country, it is a vicious cycle that see’s no end. If the government continues with its current pay caps it means a 9.3 per cent pay cut in real terms by 2020. The government has… Read More

January 20, 2017

Education Budget Cuts

By 2019-2020 schools in England will face cuts of 8% in real terms reports the National Audit Office. In monetary terms, this is a cut of £3bn and ministers have no idea how these will be implemented. Between 2016-2016 and 2019-2020, schools will lose an average of £339 per Primary pupil and £477 per Secondary… Read More

January 17, 2017