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 – 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 – 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

Interview With Thomas – Our Expert Coding Tutor

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Thomas with Ghaith, one of our coding students   Hey Thomas, first things first – what exactly is coding, and what can it be used for? Simplified, coding is the instructions given on computers in the form of symbols and letters in order to perform a particular task. All of the electronic systems surrounding us are programmed to function using … Read More

“What Makes Great Children’s Books?” Interview with Ross Montgomery

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Welcome to part 2 of our interview with children’s author, Ross Montgomery. Ross’s books have had a fantastic reception from children, adults and reviewers alike, and have already been nominated for numerous industry awards. We spoke to him about what children love to read, and what makes a great children’s book… Ross Montgomery (children’s author) and Hugh Viney (Director of … Read More