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Nicky Morgan told to clarify Ofsted’s powers to inspect academy chains

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The Guardian is reporting that Nicky Morgan has been ordered by MPs to write to the chief inspector of schools after she publicly contradicted him over the watchdog’s powers to inspect academy chains….

Morgan came under fire over the government’s academies and free schools programme when she appeared before the House of Commons education select committee.

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Education Secretary warns over huge salaries paid to heads

Published on October 23, 2014, by

School leaders should rein in huge salaries to ensure more public money is spent on “frontline education”, according to Nicky Morgan. This is from the Telegraph…

The Education Secretary said the heads of academy chains – groups of independent state schools – needed to “think very carefully” about levels of pay.

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Benefits of free nursery education ‘not lasting’

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting a study that suggests free part-time pre-school education in England has not led to lasting educational benefits…

The greatest impact, it indicates, was on the poorest children, whose early education foundation stage profile (FSP) scores were boosted by 15 points.

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Headteacher, Jenny Winder, cancels term-time break to Caribbean after governor disputes events

Published on October 23, 2014, by

Bedfordshire News is reporting that a headteacher has now cancelled plans to take a term-time break to the Caribbean after facing pressure from parents and one of her school’s own governors…

…Bedford Borough Council – the authority in charge of running the school – has now confirmed Mrs Winder has ‘cancelled the proposed leave and will be in work from the start of the new spring term on the January 5, 2015′.

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Code of practice for religious schools shelved

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that the DfE has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education…

It was recommended by the government’s Extremism Task Force to ensure children were not exposed to intolerant views.

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Children aged three ‘tutored for places at top schools’

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The Telegraph is reporting warnings that children as young as three are being left “stressed and miserable” after being tutored in an attempt to secure places at sought-after private schools…

Toddlers are being coached on interview techniques, vocabulary and social interaction to make sure they stand out during assessments for top pre-prep schools, it was claimed.

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Foreign pupils ‘treated like illegal immigrants’, boarding schools warn

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The TES is reporting warnings from boarding school leaders that tough immigration laws mean foreign children applying to be educated in UK boarding schools are subjected to “demeaning and humiliating” checks that treat them “like illegal immigrants”…

Headteachers also claimed that the huge administrative burden of overseeing applications from non-EU pupils now meant that schools were being treated “as a branch of the Home Office”.

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Police warn that boys are being tricked into sending photos to bogus account

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The Press Association (via The Mail) is reporting warnings from Sussex police that teenagers – especially boys – in the area are being tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images through social media…

The victims, mainly boys aged 13 to 17, living in the Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven areas of East Sussex, have been asked for the images by someone calling themselves Jenny Lane or jennylane1994, according to Sussex Police.

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Teaching assistant claims she was ordered home because of ‘inappropriate’ tattoos

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The Hartlepool Mail is reporting that a trainee teaching assistant was asked by a school to cover up her tattoos when she turned up to start a new placement…

Charlotte Tumilty arrived at St John Vianney’s Primary School, in Hartlepool, to attend a training placement.

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Guest post: How to communicate with parents of your special needs students

Published on October 23, 2014, by

Felicity Dyer is a US-based journalist and parent of a child with special needs. In this guest post she shares her insights and suggestions for teachers on how they can best communicate with parents of special needs students (and vice versa)…

Each day is a different challenge when raising a special needs child but once it is attempted to integrate them into an educational program, an extra set of challenges can arise.

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Toddler left alone for almost two hours at Dorset pre-school

Published on October 23, 2014, by

The Guardian is reporting that a three-year-old was left alone in a pre-school for almost two hours after staff forgot to take her on a trip…

The girl was a pupil at Sydling Springs pre-school, which is based in a village hall in Sydling St Nicholas in Dorset.

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Plans for an online school could change the way children are educated but is there really a future without classrooms?

Published on October 23, 2014, by

Get Bucks has an interview with the founder of an online school  – Wey Ecademy – that is reapplying to the DfE for free school status…

This radical new school is bound to raise eyebrows among teachers and parents and could herald the biggest change to our education system in centuries.

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Why free childcare is not helping many mums back to work

Published on October 23, 2014, by

Writing in the Conversation, Professor Mike Brewer of the University of Essex says his research shows that a few hours of extra free childcare does increase the number of mums going back to work – but not by much…

Over the last 20 years, early childhood education and childcare for the under-fives has become a major policy priority in the UK.

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Today’s poll: Should teachers/TAs be allowed visible tattoos in class?

Published on October 23, 2014, by

We have a report today of a trainee teaching assistant being sent home because her tattoos were visible. Is this a reasonable policy or should teachers and teaching assistants be allowed visible tattoos in class nowadays?

Today's Poll

Should teachers/TAs be allowed visible tattoos in class?
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GCSE and A-level results changed for 45,500 on appeal

Published on October 22, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that more than 45,000 exam grades from this summer have been changed after schools challenged the results, up by 15%…

The number of inquiries questioning GCSE and A-level grades rose even more sharply, up by 48% to 450,500, according to exam watchdog Ofqual.

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Teachers asked to suggest ways to reduce workload

Published on October 22, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, in an attempt to stop a “runaway train of bureaucracy”…

They are being urged to tell the government what administrative tasks should be cut or scrapped altogether.

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Nicky Morgan: ‘I want to build a new deal for teacher workload – and I need your help’

Published on October 22, 2014, by

Writing in the TES, Nicky Morgan has launched a new initiative in association with the TES for teachers to describe their issues with workload and send in suggested solutions…

…too many of you are still struggling under the burden of an unnecessary and unsustainable workload.

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Tristram Hunt: Why Labour would give teachers a break

Published on October 22, 2014, by

Writing in the Guardian, Tristram Hunt says there is a need to stop the relentless “initiative-itis” and increasing workload piled on teachers and suggests four principle for moving forwards…

Talk to any teacher and they will tell you the chief frustration with their job is workload.

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