Education News Weekly – 13th December, 2017

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Two-year degrees, the danger of energy drinks and, of course, a national failure to deal with snow…   Schools close due to snow (obviously) – Telegraph As some reading this will surely know, many, many schools have been closed recently due to the snow. Over 2700 schools were closed on Monday – including all council-run schools in Birmingham – with … Read More

Education News Weekly – 8th May, 2017

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Invisible ink in exams, the benefits of rosemary and the myth of the tutor-proof 11 plus   Exam board admits impossibility of ‘tutor-proof’ 11 plus – Telegraph Confirming what we all knew to be true for some time, a major grammar school exam board has said the 11 plus exam can “never be tutor-proof.” Bearing in mind that ‘tutor-proof’ means … Read More

Education News Weekly – 16th April, 2017

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Teacher discrimination, toddler mental health and why timetabling could be the key to school success.   Mental illness affecting children as young as four – BBC The NASUWT teaching union highlighted the problems with mental health among young people, reporting symptoms in pupils as young as 4. Virtually every single one of 2,000 respondents said they’ve encountered pupils with mental … Read More

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 – 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 – 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 Roundup 20/10/16

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  Britain trailing in OECD education rankings, AQA scraps more subjects and a funding crisis in West Sussex schools   Along with History of Art, this week has also seen AQA – one of the main A-level exam boards – scrap both Archaeology and Classical Civilisation, suggesting their main reason for doing so concerns standardising marking across various papers. This … Read More