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Teacher recruitment falling short for third straight year

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Observer is reporting that Trisham Hunt is warning missed recruitment trainee targets could lead to larger class sizes…

The coalition is serially failing to match its own teacher recruitment goals, prompting critics to warn that there will be 27,000 fewer teachers in three years’ time than will be needed.

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Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Independent is reporting new research that suggests extra money for schools with students who under perform is likely to go to the most disruptive children, and these in turn are most likely to be boys…

Bright girls from poor backgrounds are falling behind in class as cash to raise standards is concentrated on boys, it is claimed today.

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Wilshaw to ramp up snap inspections

Published on November 24, 2014, by

Writing in the Sunday Times, education editor Sian Griffiths is suggesting Sir Michael Wilshaw is likely to increase the number of snap Ofsted inspections being used after the impact he believes they have had in recent cases in Tower Hamlets…

Griffiths suggests the snap inspections will be “trumpeted” by Sir Michael after the impact they had in finding that pupils at schools in Tower Hamlets might have been put at risk.

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Universities that fail should be punished, says Which?

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting a report by Which? suggesting it should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards after a survey suggests a third of undergraduates do not think their course good value for money…

The consumer group said tougher regulation was needed to encourage high standards and punish failings.

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Cameron faces grammar school fight

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Times is reporting that a campaign is to be launched by a Tory pressure group to force David Cameron to allow new grammar schools…

The report suggests the right-wing group Conservative Voice, which has high profile backers including David Davis and Liam Fox, is to lobby for the party’s manifesto to include a commitment to a change in the law to allow new selective schools to open.

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Children have been let down over music, say leading musicians

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Telegraph is reporting claims from leading figures in the music industry that the Government has broken its promise to give every child in Britain the opportunity to learn a musical instrument…

Julian Lloyd Webber, Sting, Alison Balsom and the heads of the Royal College of Music and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are among the signatories to a letter demanding that all children have a chance to play.

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Hasidic schools threatened with closure over ‘systematic failings’

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Sunday Times has an in-depth report suggesting that some pupils taught in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are suffering educational neglect and being subjected to corporal punishment…

The report claims Ofsted has threatened two Hasidic schools with closure after finding “systematic failings in teaching and measures to protect children’s safety”.

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Half of places at top university ‘to go to foreign students’

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Telegraph is reporting that one of Britain’s leading universities is to effectively limit the number of British students being admitted to 50 per cent as part of a major drive to recruit foreign talent…

Edinburgh University – a member of the elite Russell Group – says it wants to ensure half of places go to overseas students within a few years.

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‘Oligarch fees’ pricing out schools

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Press Association (via The Mail) is reporting that the headteacher of a top private school has said expensive admission fees mean some have become “finishing schools for the children of oligarchs”…

Andrew Halls, head of King’s College School in Wimbledon, south-west London, said local lawyers, accountants and military officers had stopped sending their children to the school because of the fees.

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Secret Teacher: the culture of fear in my school stops us taking sick leave

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The latest Secret Teacher writing in the Guardian says that instead of supporting teachers who are ill, managers at his/her academy expect them to answer emails and return to work before we’re ready..

“Do you realise the impact your absence has on your students?” is the first thing the wellness at work panel say to me as I sit down.

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Free school ruling thwarts Leeds plan for special needs children

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that a council is considering legal action to see if it can stop a free school being moved on to a site which it wants to use to educate children with special needs…

The Department for Education has transferred land previously owned by Leeds City Council to the trust which runs Khalsa Science Academy, a Sikh ethos free school which opened in temporary premises in the city in 2013.

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School says it will fight ‘inadequate’ Ofsted findings

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The Bucks Free Press is reporting that parents, staff and governors at a Marlow school placed in special measures after an “inadequate” Ofsted report say they will fight the findings…

A controversial inspection at Bisham C of E School in September – published yesterday – found a raft of problems with teaching, leadership and behaviour at the 115-pupil school on Church Lane.

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LA schools in huge child abuse settlement payout

Published on November 24, 2014, by

The PAFP (via the Mail) is reporting that Los Angeles school officials agreed to a $139 million settlement Friday for victims of a teacher jailed for lewd conduct with students, in what lawyers said was the biggest ever such payout…

The deal, to settle lawsuits that had been due to shortly go to civil trial, covers 81 victims of teacher Mark Berndt, who allegedly photographed blindfolded students with roaches on their faces, and spoons of semen to their mouths.

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Today’s poll: Should we be concerned if half of university places go to overseas students?

Published on November 24, 2014, by

A report today suggests Edinburgh University is looking to limit the number of British students to 50% and embark on an aggressive drive to recruit overseas students who pay up to three times as much in tuition fees. If other universities follow suit would this be a concern or, with the cap on university places being lifted, should we welcome this enterprise from the universities and see it as a subsidy for UK students?

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‘Radicalisation risk’ at six Muslim private schools, says Ofsted

Published on November 22, 2014, by

We had the first reports on this earlier int he week, but the BBC is now confirming that Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that pupils at six small Muslim private schools in east London are at risk of extremist views and radicalisation…

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the pupils’ “physical and educational welfare is at serious risk” following a series of emergency inspections.

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Subject knowledge is prime factor in good teaching, experts say

Published on November 22, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that claims from experts made at the Mayor of London’s education conference that strong subject knowledge is the most important component of being a good teacher…

…Mitchell Chester, education commissioner for Massachusetts in the US, said improving the quality of teaching was “the crux” of the challenge in schools.

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Former head teacher and CBE banned from classroom after fiddling school expenses for birthday party

Published on November 22, 2014, by

The Mirror is reporting that a former head teacher of the year who was awarded a CBE has been given a lifetime teaching ban after claiming £6,000 in expenses to pay for her 50th birthday party…

A disciplinary hearing found that Joanna Shuter was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct while head of Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in St Johns Wood, London…

The panel found Shuter, who worked at the school between January 2002 and May 31, 2013, “abused” the its expenses system by making “numerous and extensive claims over a significant period of time for personal gain”.

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Chinese maths teachers help English pupils make the grade

Published on November 22, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that a group of Chinese maths teachers have swapped their classrooms in Shanghai for primary schools in England as part of a project to improve numeracy standards…

…The Department for Education says the teacher exchange will bring the “best teaching in the world to English schools” and lead to long-term improvements in the way the subject is taught.

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