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Plans are seemingly well underway to create a national College of Teaching in England. It would be responsible for setting standards and sharing research to help people in primary and secondary teaching roles do their jobs, although membership would be voluntary. Full members would be required to have qualified teaching status (QTS), but the College… Read More

February 11, 2014


People in primary and secondary teaching jobs all across the UK will take further industrial action on March 26th, a union has confirmed. If it does happen, it will be the third time a strike over pay, pensions and working conditions has disrupted lessons in the UK. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) last spoke… Read More

February 10, 2014


People in teaching jobs in a London free school having been striking this week over union recognition and staff contracts. There has been disruption to lessons at the Stem Academy, a sixth form college in Islington, and further industrial action is planned next week if no resolution can be reached between the institution and the… Read More

February 7, 2014


Chains of academies should be subjected to Ofsted investigations. Currently, the regulator can inspect individual academies, but not the chain organisations that run several of the schools and Lib Dem minister David Laws believes this has to change – a view which could put him at odds with the UK's education minister Michael Gove. Under… Read More

February 6, 2014


Primary schools are being asked to look after two-year-olds in on-site nurseries in an effort to ease the shortage of childcare in the UK. Local authorities will receive a letter from education minister Liz Truss, who wants to make school sites a suitable place for childcare. Ministers are also in the process of making the… Read More

February 5, 2014


Over a third of London schools are seeing their pupils leave, obtaining less than five good A* to C-grade GCSEs. According to the London Evening Standard, which cites figures from the Department for Education, more than 26,000 16-year-olds did not reach the basic benchmark of five A* to C-grade GCSEs including English and maths, which… Read More

February 4, 2014


People in teaching jobs in England are being told they should use "tough but proportionate" punishments to tackle bad behaviour from their pupils. The directive has come from the education secretary Michael Gove, who cites possible sanctions as weeding school grounds and tidying classrooms. He believes that schools have made significant progress in tackling issues… Read More

February 3, 2014


Schools in England are finding it hard to recruit people into their top-level teaching jobs. The National Governors' Association (NGA) has said candidates who are applying for head teacher jobs are not of the required standard, with written applications often littered with basic grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Chief executive of the NGA Emma Knights… Read More

January 28, 2014


Two of the most powerful men in the teaching industry have moved to heal a supposed rift.  Education secretary Michael Gove has denied people in his department briefed against Ofsted and England's chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw. Over the weekend, the Times reported two think-tanks were set to criticise the watchdog and the… Read More

January 27, 2014


The education system in England is not sufficiently supplying children with the skills required to meet the country's long-term economic needs, a new report has claimed. According to the Making Education Work document, which has been compiled by a group of academics and business leaders, a new cross-party body should be established in order to… Read More

January 27, 2014