Education News Weekly – 26th March, 2017

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Red Nose Day, digital literacy and the problem with behaviour in schools   Poor behaviour in English schools not taken seriously – BBC Education advisor Tom Bennett this week said that more should be done to deal with bad behaviour at schools, which he believes has not been taken seriously enough, and is underestimated in Ofsted data. Bennett’s report, Creating … Read More

Education News Weekly – 19th March, 2017

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Grammar schools opposition, a deepening funding crisis and the primary school head who’s a champion weightlifter     Opposition mounting against Theresa May’s grammar schools plan – BBC Theresa May is facing vocal cross-party opposition from MPs to her flagship education policy, the opening of new selective grammar schools. Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, former Tory education secretary Nicky … Read More

Education News weekly – 12th March, 2017

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Apprenticeships, parents’ exam stress and the education world’s response to the spring Budget   Grammars and free schools given budget boost – BBC The Chancellor promised a one-off payment of £320 million for 140 new free schools by 2020 – which could include grammar schools – on top of the 500 already pledged to be built. However, Labour’s Angela Rayner pointed … Read More

Education News Weekly – 1st March, 2017

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Two year university degrees, a new online safety initiative and an imminent revolution in sex education? Government launches online safety initiative – BBC The government has launched an initiative targeting sexting and cyberbullying, led by culture secretary Karen Brady. Brady said: “We are determined to make Britain the safest place in the world to be online.” Ministers will meet with … Read More

Education News Weekly – 22nd February 2017

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Extra time in exams, the worrying mental health of British millennials and a toy doll that could be used to spy on children   British millennials have second worst mental health in the world – Independent A wide-reaching survey commissioned by the Varkey Foundation, involving 21,000 young people (aged 15-21) from 20 countries, found Brits had the second worst mental health … Read More

Education News Weekly – 3rd February, 2017

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Tests for five year olds, the benefits of slippers in the classroom and the education world’s response to Donald Trump.   Academics rally against Donald Trump over ‘Muslim ban’ – Independent Over 4,500 academics from across the world have signed a petition pledging to boycott international conferences held in America while Trump’s ban is still in place. Mr Trump’s new … Read More

Education News Weekly – 27th January, 2017

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Compulsory sex education, voluntary grammar school funding and the plight of young people in 2017.   Grammar schools may have to ask parents for funding – BBC The funding crisis in British education has now got to such a critical point that Grammar schools may need to ask parents for voluntary funding, to the tune of £40 a month. While not … Read More

Education News Weekly – 20th January, 2017

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League Tables, the key to school success and the search of a new generation of ‘Jane Bonds’   League Tables Reveal 282 Failing Secondary Schools – BBC After the government’s introduction of new, tougher assessment criteria for schools (known as Progress 8 and Attainment 8), the first new league table reveals 282 schools failed to meet the new national criteria. However, … Read More

Education News Weekly – January 13th, 2017

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In our first Education News Weekly of the new year, we see more Brexit concerns, university grade inflation and a brand new head of Ofsted.   Amanda Spielman takes over as head of Ofsted – Guardian Replacing Sir Michael Wilshaw, new Ofsted head Amanda Spielman has outlined her goals for the organisation. She says she wants an Ofsted that manages … Read More

Education News: What Happened in 2016?

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2016 saw some major education news, including a new education secretary in Justine Greening, the controversial re-introduction of grammar schools, banned by Labour since 1998, and the ominous threat of Brexit to international students and our entire higher education system.   What else happened? And what can we expect in 2017?   Last year, we saw the growth of a teaching … Read More