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The winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016 Candice Brown has made the agonising decision to quit her job as a PE teacher to pursue the “amazing baking opportunities” she has been offered since winning the series.   The 31-year-old, who beat Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth in the final, shocked pupils when she… Read More

November 22, 2016

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A scheme to tempt successful business professionals into second careers as classroom teachers has been launched by Now Teach. The recruitment problems have gotten worse year after year, this year four out of five schools have struggled to fill vacancies and the latest government figures showed that nearly a third of teachers who entered the… Read More

November 21, 2016

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For the second year in a row Education Secretary Justine Greening has been named overall MP of the year in recognition of her work with deprived, minority and under-represented communities. The award was presented by the Patchwork Foundation and recognises the work Ms Greening has done with local community organisations such as Regenerate, the National… Read More

November 4, 2016

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In BBC One’s last episode of the Great British Bake Off, 31 year old Candice Brown was crowned the winner. The PE Teacher from Bedfordshire beat rivals Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth in the royal-themed final. She says winning the Great British Bake Off is the “biggest moment of her life” and will change her… Read More

October 27, 2016

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Latest government figures have revealed of the 21,400 new teachers who began teaching in 2010, by 2015 30 percent (7,230) had left the profession to pursue a different career. These figures are a “damning record” of Michael Gove’s term as education secretary says the Liberal Democrats and warned that ministers must work with teachers to… Read More

October 25, 2016

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  Education Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed pupils who fail tests at the end of primary school will not have to retake them and instead they would be offered support to catch up.  She has also promised there will be no new national tests or assessments for the next two years.   The spelling and… Read More

October 20, 2016

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The teacher shortage in the UK is presenting significant opportunities for Canadian teachers. Recently the leader of the head teachers’ union, Association of School and College Leaders, in the UK was quoted as saying that to describe the current teacher shortage here as a “crisis” would not be an exaggeration.          … Read More

October 5, 2016

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The lack of positive role models in primary schools is becoming a worry as one in four still have no male teacher, the equivalent to nearly a million primary school children not having a male teacher. Statistics from the Department of Education show 26% of teachers in England are men – accounting for 38% of… Read More

October 5, 2016

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Philip Morant School and College have taken their own approach to help teachers overcome the current workload crisis by banning traditional homework.   In a letter the secondary school has told pupils and parents that they will no longer set homework and will instead select their own “appropriate” tasks through an online portal.  The scheme is… Read More

September 28, 2016

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UK based charity World Wide Education Project (WWEP) is encouraging all teachers to try ‘Naked Teaching’ on Friday 30th September to raise awareness of children around the world who go tomakeshift schools in slums, in refugee camps, under trees and under bridges. Naked Teaching is nothing dodgy! Honest! It is an opportunity for teachers to… Read More

September 27, 2016