Education News Weekly – 18th January, 2018

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Grade inflation at universities, double standards for inappropriate teachers and a blistering attack on the Department for Education, in our first education news roundup of 2018…   Headteacher: ‘If the DfE were a school it’d be in special measures’ – TES Furious school leaders have attacked the Department for Education as not fit for purpose, providing no taxpayer value for … Read More

Year in Review: Education News

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2017 has been a crazy year in the world of education, with concerns about Brexit, British schools expanding into the wider world and of course Theresa May abandoning her flagship grammar schools policy after a disappointing election.     But what else went on?   Schools One of the biggest stories earlier in the year was that SRE (sex and … Read More

Education News Weekly – 16th November, 2017

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Church of England welcomes transgender children, bad news for grandparents and why girls should learn ‘banter’…    Top headmistress suggests teaching girls ‘banter’ to deal with future work environments – Telegraph In a move that feels potentially like addressing the wrong problem, Lucy Elphinstone, headmistress of Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, has suggested that girls should be taught ‘banter,’ learn … Read More

Education News Weekly – 7th November, 2017

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CCTV in school toilets, a comedian advocating teachers and some good ol’ fashioned Ofsted-bashing   Time to put Ofsted in ‘special measures’? – TES Ofsted has come under attack this week, with a leading education academic claiming the regulatory board’s methods are “invalid, unreliable and unjust.” Frank Coffield, emeritus professor of education at the UCL Institute of Education, was scathing … Read More

Education News Weekly – 4th October, 2017

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Wrong exams grades, frugal students and the cost of living near a top state school…   Tories’ new funding formula for schools merely ‘papering over the cracks’ – Independent Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, said schools will be given a funding rise of 0.5 per cent per pupil next year and a 1 per cent increase in 2019-20. The most … Read More

Education News Weekly – 27th September, 2017

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A new mental health initiative, Labour’s National Education Service and why teachers are now having to pay to stock their classrooms…   Education funding crisis – Tes, BBC, Guardian The long-running education funding crisis has shown no sign of abating, with recent research revealing that one third (over 9,400) of state schools are now operating with a cash deficit. A … Read More

Education News Weekly – July 10th, 2017

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University tuition fees, argumentative youngsters and what Malala did next…   Tuition Fees – BBC, Telegraph, Independent One of education’s hottest potatoes has been back in the news, with an IFS report revealing that students can expect to leave university with debts of up to £57,000, taking into account the new 6.1% interest rates (Minerva’s blogger can confirm this figure, … Read More

Education News Weekly – 11th June, 2017

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Dangerous smartphones, a school fight club and what a hung parliament could mean for education   Election news – Guardian, Independent, BBC Well, well, well. That was exhilarating, wasn’t it? Who saw that coming, eh? Certainly, there’s a good chance the education vote swung heavily towards Labour, given Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to increase per-pupil spending by 6% over the next … Read More

ELECTION SPECIAL: How will education look in 2021?

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It’s 2021, after four years of the new government. Cars are driving themselves, people only shop online and at least two of your good friends are robots.  But what will the education landscape look like in 2021, if each party keeps to their manifesto promises? *DISCLAIMER*: MINERVA ARE NOT FORTUNE TELLERS, AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE PARTY IN POWER WILL ACTUALLY … Read More

Education News Weekly – 5th June, 2017

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Assaults on teachers, May’s mounting election woes and the link between drugs, alcohol and A*s     Election Update – Guardian, BBC, Independent With people heading to the polls this Thursday, and campaigning halted due to the weekend attacks in London, the race for No. 10 is getting tense…and personal.   The Guardian reports that the education funding crisis has soared … Read More