Education News Weekly – December 16th, 2016

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Robot teachers, original manuscripts from Byron and Shelley and a world-class school in North London   North London School Among World’s Best – BBC Alexandra Park School in North London achieved a score of 564 on the OECD’s Pisa tests, ranking it among the best schools in the world. The average score for pupils in Singapore, the highest scoring nation, was … Read More

Education News Weekly – 9th December, 2016

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International education rankings, dodgy A Level predictions and the schools that’s grading parents   School grades parents on support of their children’s education – Telegraph A Nottinghamshire school has been praised by Ofsted for its innovative scheme of grading parents on their support of their child’s education. Since 2011, Parents at Greasley Beauvale Primary School have been graded A to … Read More

Education News Weekly – 1st December 2016

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Ofsted’s annual report, the free speech debate at universities and the resurrection of History of Art A Level!   History of Art A Level saved by Pearson exam board – BBC After a loud and angry response to AQA’s announcement in October that History of Art would be scrapped at A level, another exam board have stepped in to fill … Read More

Education News Weekly – 24th November, 2016

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More good and outstanding schools, a pay row over exam invigilators and a new college for teenage code-breakers Ofsted have announced an increase in the proportion of primary and secondary schools in England that are achieving good or outstanding ratings. 89% of schools were at least good in their inspection, up 5% from last year, although the gap is widening … Read More

Education News Weekly – 17th November, 2016

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The importance of philosophy, the damaging risks of social media for young people and how Google could be revolutionising UK classrooms Google CEO Sundar Pichai this week announced plans to bring virtual reality to 1 million UK students. The technology giants are also offering a free 5-hour training session for teachers who want to use the technology, which will be … Read More

Education News Weekly – 10th November, 2016

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Apprenticeships, the teaching crisis…and Donald Trump, of course (because education news is still news)   Lee Elliot Major, chief executive of the Sutton Trust, has claimed that the result of the U.S. election is about education, not politics. Major cites the fact that over two thirds of white voters without a college degree voted Trump, and compared the result to … Read More

Education News Weekly – 3rd November 2016

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A skills gap in school leavers, Gay History Month, and why our schools are a force for social cohesion   The funding gap in British education is getting worse, it seems, with a recent announcement that almost 1,000 local authority schools and over 100 academy trusts are now in debt. Heads and teachers have long been complaining about funding issues, … Read More