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Lavish praise from teachers ‘does not help pupils’

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting new research that suggests teachers who give struggling pupils “lavish praise” could make them even less likely to succeed…

The Sutton Trust education charity has warned that many strategies used by teachers have no evidence to show that they really work…

Robert Coe of Durham University said teachers needed to know what was “most likely to be effective”.

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Sutton Trust: Seven popular teaching strategies unsupported by evidence

Published on October 31, 2014, by

A new Sutton Trust report which reviews over 200 pieces of research on how to develop great teachers has listed seven popular teaching practices not supported by evidence…

The seven examples of strategies unsupported by evidence are:

  1. Using praise lavishly For low-attaining students praise that is meant to be encouraging and protective can actually convey a message of low expectations.
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Independent review of Ofsted ‘urgently required’

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that local government leaders have said Ofsted is in urgent need of independent review in light of concerns about its objectivity and reliability…

A series of leaks and U-turns have thrown the independence of England’s education watchdog into question, said the Local Government Association.

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ChildLine warns of huge increase in young people attempting suicide

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that the number of children who have admitted to attempting suicide increased by 43 per cent in a single year, according to figures released by a charity today…

ChildLine has revealed that nearly 6,000 children had told counsellors during 2013/14 that they had attempted suicide.

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Why you can’t blame Ofsted for excessive marking

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that Alex Quigley, the director of learning and research at Huntingdon School in York, says teachers would be only partly right if they blame Ofsted for excessive marking demands…

…he explains that Ofsted has sought to better capture “progress over time” by flicking through books to check on feedback.

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Children ‘prefer to play outdoors than watch TV’

Published on October 31, 2014, by

I missed this earlier in the week, but the BBC is reporting a survey that suggests children would rather be playing outdoors than watching television, but parents’ concerns keep them indoors…

The poll of nearly 3,000 parents and children by Eureka Children’s Museum in West Yorkshire found 81% of children prefer playing outside to watching TV.

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Universities shouldn’t see schools as competitors for teacher training funding

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The University of Warwick’s Adam Boddison advises universities to look at adapting their approach into a way of teaching built on partnerships with schools rather than just looking at them as competitors. This is from the Conversation…

The coalition is ploughing ahead with its plan to give schools more control of training new teachers.

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Teenagers who hate their hometown are turning to smoking and drinking ‘to cope’

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The Mail is reporting that a new study claims young people are turning to smoking and drinking because they hate their hometown…

It found that a fifth of young people start smoking and drinking due to dissatisfaction with the place they live, despite and overall downward trend for these behaviours in the UK and the US.

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Malala Yousafzai gives $50,000 to reconstruction of Gaza schools

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The Guardian is reporting that Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 (nearly £31,000) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza…

The Nobel peace prize winner, speaking after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child in Marienfred, Sweden, on Wednesday, said the money would be channelled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to help rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory.

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Children’s social work to have new set of standards

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that the government has announced changes to children’s social work in England, to restore confidence in the service…

A set of new professional standards will drive culture change and refocus the profession on the “frontline”, said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

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Students turning to Ritalin and other ‘smart drugs’ before exams

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The Times is reporting a study that suggests one in ten university students is using so-called smart drugs such as Ritalin to boost their concentration…

A third of students admitted that they were interested in using such drugs but were prevented from doing so by lack of availability or ethical concerns.

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John Cooper Clarke: Michael Gove is ‘right’ on poetry

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that punk poet John Cooper Clarke says former Education Secretary Michael Gove was “right” to support the learning of poetry by rote…

Gove has previously said learning a poem by heart is to “own a great work of art forever”.

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Primary school teacher who broke into a house and stole money to feed her heroin habit to be struck off

Published on October 31, 2014, by

The Mail is reporting that a primary school teacher in Scotland who broke into a house and stole cash to fund her heroin habit is to be formally struck off from the profession…

Vanessa Law, 32, also stole petrol from garages in Fife and Glasgow during a crime spree in 2012.

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Today’s poll: Would an independent review of Ofsted be helpful now?

Published on October 31, 2014, by

Local government leaders have said Ofsted is in urgent need of independent review in light of concerns about its objectivity and reliability. Would this be helpful or an unnecessary distraction from Ofsted’s job of holding schools and local authorities to account?

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Weak schools ‘improving too slowly’, says watchdog

Published on October 30, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting warnings from the National Audit Office that there are 1.6 million pupils in schools in England that are not good enough and interventions to improve them are not working effectively…

…The report from the National Audit Office warned that despite £382m being spent each year on monitoring schools and interventions, there are weaknesses in efforts to raise standards.

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Britain’s schools need more resources for ‘influx’ of immigrant children, chief schools inspector warns

Published on October 30, 2014, by

The Telegraph is reporting that Ofsted’s chief inspector has said Britain’s schools need more support to cope with an “influx” of immigrant children…

Speaking on LBC Radio Sir Michael said: “Schools need the resources to deal with that. When they’re faced with an influx of children from other countries, they need the resources and capacity to deal with it and if those resources aren’t there, that’s a big issue for Government.

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Privately educated graduates earn more – even with the same qualifications and job

Published on October 30, 2014, by

The Independent is reporting a study that suggests graduates from state schools earn less than their private school counterparts – even if they leave university with the same degree in the same subject and go into the same occupation…

A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows a six per cent gap in earnings between state and private school alumni – equivalent to £1,500 a year – even when their qualifications are exactly the same.

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School Direct causing shortage of maths and science teachers, report claims

Published on October 30, 2014, by

The TES is reporting warnings that an overhaul of teacher training is fuelling a shortage of new maths and science teachers…

In a new report, Universities UK raises concerns about the impact of the government’s decision to give schools more say in the recruiting and training of staff.

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