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Exam changes risk problems for schools, say heads

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting new warnings from heads that changes to the exam system, which come into force in six months’ time, risk causing significant problems for schools…

The National Association of Head Teachers is warning of an extended time of volatility, with students unsure which exams and subjects to take…

NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: “We face an extended period of volatility.

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School admissions changes ‘unlikely to help pupils from deprived backgrounds’

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting new research that suggests changes to school admissions rules in England are unlikely to encourage pupils from deprived backgrounds to gain places at the best performing state schools…

The report by the Research and Information on State Education (Rise), published on Thursday, concludes that regulation alone will not ensure that schools have a diverse intake, because of economic inequalities but also because social groups show a desire to stick together.

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Pupils who fail 11-plus outperform grammar school peers

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The TES is reporting new research that suggests pupils who scrape into grammar schools end up with poorer GCSE results than their primary classmates who just miss out and attend secondary moderns…

Researchers say their findings, released exclusively to TES, illustrate problems with the 11-plus grammar school entrance test, and show that key stage 2 national curriculum tests are better predictors of GCSE success.

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Anti-drugs lessons may be counter-productive, Government’s drug experts tell Theresa May

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The Telegraph is reporting that the government’s advisory board on drugs has warned anti-drugs lessons at schools may be inadvertently encouraging children to take up illicit substances…

…The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD] warned ministers that many popular prevention techniques are “ineffective at changing behaviour” and “may even increase the risks of drug use”…

The advisory council, made up of 20 leading drug experts appointed by the Home Secretary, called on officials to consider holding back funding for programmes unless there is clear evidence that they work.

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London’s star to fall under new league table measure

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that the new Progress 8 measurements are likely to lead to a reassessment of the achievements of London schools…

…Education Datalab, a new research organisation launched this evening, says the government’s new Progress 8 league table measure is likely to cast the achievements of London secondaries in a less favourable light.

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‘Delay primary and miss secondary school start’

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that MPs have been told parents of summer-born children are being told they could miss a year of secondary school if they delay their start at primary…

The Education Committee heard evidence on requests for delayed school starts for reasons of academic maturity.

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New university aims to attract women into engineering

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The Independent is reporting that plans for the UK’s first newly built university for three decades will be unveiled today – specialising in engineering and aiming for women to comprise half of all its students and teaching staff…

The private but not-for-profit New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMITE) aims to attract 5,000 students when it is fully operational.

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Excellence is not the only point of education

Published on March 5, 2015, by

University of Bath education lecturer Sam Carr is sceptical of too many politicians suggesting that schools should be all about excellence, claiming it suggests a corporate hijack of education. This is from the Conversation…

David Cameron has reminded us once again that our children and young people should aspire towards excellence.

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Guest post: Using mid-year reviews in school to improve performance

Published on March 5, 2015, by

Former assistant head Denise Inwood now runs BlueSky and, in the first of a series of guest posts on performance management for heads and teachers, has put together the following guidance and insights on effective use of mid-year reviews…

Mid-year reviews are an opportunity for staff to reflect upon their teaching and performance, share successes and areas in which they would value more professional learning as well as formally record progress towards objectives.

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Explainer: when should children start to think about their careers?

Published on March 5, 2015, by

Writing in the Conversation, Professor Tristram Hooley of the University of Derby picks up on Tristram Hunt’s recent comments and his some guidance on the best ways and times to teach children about careers…

Labour’s shadow education minister Tristram Hunt argued recently for the introduction of career education into primary schools, particularly for girls.

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University bosses earning £260,000 on average

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that university heads received an average of £260,000 per year and 18 received pay rises over 10%, according to a salary survey from the UCU lecturers’ union…

The biggest earner in 2013-14 was the head of Nottingham Trent University whose total benefits were £623,000.

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RE teacher found hanged after she was ‘subjected to strategic bullying’ inquest hears

Published on March 5, 2015, by

The Mirror is reporting that an inquest has heard a senior religious studies teacher was found hanged at a quarry after claiming she had been subjected to “strategic bullying” by staff at her secondary school…

Caroline Bailey, 46, became so stressed at work she suffered panic attacks, bouts of insomnia and refused to go into the staff room, instead she locked herself in her own classroom to eat lunch.

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Today’s poll: Anti drugs lessons in schools – good idea or not?

Published on March 5, 2015, by

A report written for Theresa May is claiming anti-drugs campaigns including drug education in schools can increase the risk of drug use. In the absence of clear evidence either way, should schools be providing anti-drugs lessons or not?

Today's Poll

Anti drugs lessons in schools - good idea or not?
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Jail threat for teachers who ‘neglect’ to report child sex abuse suspicions

Published on March 4, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that teachers could face up to five years in prison for failing to protect children from sexual exploitation under new reforms being considered by the government…

Prime minister David Cameron announced plans this morning to consult on extending the criminal offence of “wilful neglect” of patients to children’s social care, education and elected officials in response to the “institutional failings” found following the Rotherham child abuse scandals and elsewhere.

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State secondary schools still letting down talented pupils, says Ofsted

Published on March 4, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting confirmation of claims from Ofsted that secondary schools across the country are failing to stretch their most-able students…

Talented pupils are too often set “ridiculously easy” tasks during their first few years of secondary school in England, wasting opportunities to develop the most able into academic high flyers, according to a report by Ofsted.

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One in 10 children are obese when they start primary school – and many will be ‘fat for life’

Published on March 4, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting new figures that show one in 10 children are obese when they start primary school at the age of four…

And in the space of five years, childhood obesity rates double, with one in five children leaving primary school obese.

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Working group set to examine removal of Bradford school’s governing body

Published on March 4, 2015, by

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that Bradford Council’s executive is being asked to set up a working group to examine how the authority removed the governing body of a secondary school linked to the Trojan Horse row…

Governors were replaced by an interim executive board (IEB) at Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College last year over concerns about its “actions and effectiveness.”

An Ofsted inspection warned that actions of governors were “undermining the capacity of senior leaders” at Laisterdyke.

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Pilot project to shake-up parental involvement in Scottish schools

Published on March 4, 2015, by

The Herald Scotland is reporting that the involvement of Scottish families in the education of their children is facing a radical shake-up…

A pilot project in three council areas is aiming to encourage much greater parental involvement in the running of schools than is currently the case.

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