Education News Weekly – 9th April, 2017

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Term-time holidays, a lack of female headteachers and why it’s time to scrap 9 a.m. lectures.     Female headteachers under-represented in secondary schools – Independent According to new research from Nottingham University, just over a third of secondary school headteachers are female, while currently women make up around 64% of secondary classroom teachers. The paper, encompassing every secondary school … 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 – 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 – 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