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Two in five new teachers quit within a year, union warns

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The TES is reporting claims that almost two-fifths of teachers drop out within a year after finishing their training…

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, told the organisation’s annual conference in Liverpool today that almost 11,000 qualified teachers had never entered the profession.

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Schools fear pupils will use Easter break to join jihadists in Syria

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Times is reporting claims from a senior prosecutor that head teachers are not informing the police about pupils they have been told may try to join jihadists in Syria because they do not want them to be criminalised…

The paper says it has been told parents at two London state schools believe over a dozen students – both boys and girls – have been groomed by islamic State, but that police have not been told of the families’ concerns because the schools do not want their students placed under investigation.

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Unqualified teaching assistants ‘harming pupils’ education,’ teachers say

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Telegraph is reporting warnings from teachers that pupils are being deprived of quality education when schools employ unqualified support staff to cover for teachers at short notice and for long periods…

Teachers at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) conference expressed concern about the knock-on effects that a lack of qualifications among support staff is having on students’ education.

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Schools and colleges accused of buying and using personal data

Published on April 1, 2015, by

In its investigation into firms trading in private data, the Mail is now claiming schools and colleges are among the organisations buying personal records…

The report suggests the schools and colleges buy records on parents in their catchment areas for 15p a time to invite them to open days.

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Double U-turn on career guidance leaves coalition playing catch up on 2010

Published on April 1, 2015, by

Professor Tristram Hooley of the University of Derby says the coalition has now made a double U-turn when it comes to career guidance, but is it too little, too late. This is from the Conversation…

As the general election edges closer, the coalition has used the past few months to try and sort out problem policies and reposition the narrative of its government.

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Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

Published on April 1, 2015, by

Writing in the Guardian, Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg takes David Cameron to task over suggestions we need to train the smartest to teach…

…There are those who think that the tough race to become a teacher in Finland is the key to good teaching and thereby to improving student achievement.

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Finland is throwing away everything that made its schools the best in the world

Published on April 1, 2015, by

Professor Dennis Hayes from the University of Derby is horrified by Finland’s proposals to scrap the teaching of traditional subjects. This is from the Conversation…

It easy to lampoon education reforms in Finland that aim to scrap the teaching of traditional subjects in favour of broader topics.

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Don’t worry about how violent video games are – it’s the amount of TIME spent playing them that’s damaging, experts claim

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting research that suggests it is the amount of time spent playing rather than the game’s content that is damaging…

Researchers found that children who played video games for more than three hours a day were more likely to be hyperactive, involved in fights and be disinterested in school.

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The academies couple who contribute – and take out – a lot

Published on April 1, 2015, by

In his weekly Guardian column, Warwick Mansell is reporting that a married couple holding senior positions in an academy chain were paid nearly £400,000 between them in the last academic year…

Steve Kenning, chief executive of the west London-based Aspirations Academies Trust, received £225,000-£230,000 in 2013-14, an increase of at least 32% on 2012-13, its latest accounts reveal.

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Marie Curie badge row: Runcorn school reverses ban

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that a school which took at least 40 pupils out of lessons for refusing to remove a Marie Curie symbol from their blazers has lifted its ban on charity badges…

Students at Grange School in Runcorn were asked to take off the charity’s yellow daffodil badges on Friday as they breached the school’s dress code.

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Philip Pullman joins calls to scrap baseline tests for four and five-year-olds

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that children’s author Philip Pullman is one of 80 signatories to a letter to the paper calling for plans to introduce tests for four- and five-year-olds in their first weeks at primary schools to be scrapped…

…Pullman is one of 80 signatories to a letter to the Guardian which argues that the tests should be stopped because they are “statistically invalid, will formalise a testing culture from the age of four, will be used to judge teachers and schools and, most importantly, will be dangerous for children”.

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Durham teacher banned after inviting teen to sign a sex slave contract

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Newcastle Chronicle is reporting that a teacher has been banned from the classroom after he encouraged a teenager to send him explicit photographs and invited her to sign a slave contract…

Kelvin Loraine, a maths teacher who had worked at Hetton School, struck up a relationship with a 15-year-old girl after meeting her in an online chatroom two years ago.

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Top grammar school fined after shot put event calls another ambulance

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting that a grammar school fined £10,000 after a pupil was hit in the head during a shot put event had to call another ambulance to the premises after a boy ran into a wall during a 100m sprint…

Governors of the Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent, admitted failing to ensure the safety of a 14 year-old boy who nearly died from head injuries after being hit with a metal shot. 

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Poorer children ‘have smaller brains’, researchers say

Published on April 1, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting new research that suggests children with richer parents have bigger brains than their poorer counterparts…

…In what is claimed to be the biggest study of its kind, scientists from the University of Southern California tested 1,099 typically developing people – male and female – aged between three and 20.

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Today’s poll: When recruiting trainee teachers, what matters most?

Published on April 1, 2015, by

Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg claims drives to recruit the brightest students into teaching are misguided and instead we should look for those with a natural passion for teaching. So what matters most…

Today's Poll

When recruiting trainee teachers, which matters most
  • Academic prowess
  • Passion for teaching
View Results
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Free nursery places ‘make no academic difference’

Published on March 31, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting research that suggests sending three year old children to nursery may not make any difference to their academic results later on…

£800m has been spent annually on free places for three-year-olds since 1998.

Researchers say the main benefit has been to make childcare cheaper for families with young children.

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Teachers urged to ‘disengage’ from promotion of British values

Published on March 31, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that teachers are being urged to ignore the government’s drive on promoting fundamental British values in schools, amid claims that it is “ill-considered, ill-defined and counterproductive”…

The policy, introduced after the so-called Trojan horse plot in which hardline Islamists were accused of trying to take over a small number of Birmingham schools, was “totally out of proportion” and vulnerable to misinterpretation, a conference was told.

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Labour pledges ‘far-reaching’ Ofsted overhaul

Published on March 31, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that Tristram Hunt has said a Labour government would carry out “far-reaching reform” of Ofsted…

Speaking at the ATL teaching union’s conference in Liverpool today, Mr Hunt said the inspection system had begun to “choke” the “joy, wonder and beauty of schooling”.

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