Report shows converting primary schools into academies does not improve results

  • November 24th, 2016
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A study by the London School of Economics has shown converting primary schools into academies has not resulted in higher performance rates. The study used the national pupil database and examined the test results of the 270 primary schools that converted to academy status between 2010 and 2012. Test scores from 2007 to 2014 for […]

How is being an REC member beneficial to schools?

  • November 14th, 2016
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We’ve been an accredited corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for almost 10 years now. Our REC Gold Standard means that we adhere to the highest possible standards in compliance. At Athona, we believe we are ‘Affecting Futures’ and this includes the safety of children and young people in the classroom. This […]

Should Ofsted grading be scrapped?

  • November 3rd, 2016
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The dreaded ‘O’ word can make even the most experienced teachers take a sharp intake of breath. The watchdog ensures schools and childcare providers are held accountable for standards in education. The very idea of Ofsted grades however, has been hotly contested over the years and the profession is now looking to Ofsted Chief, Sir […]

Can teachers reduce their marking workload?

  • October 27th, 2016
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In a move to tackle teacher workload, Schools Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, has suggested that teachers spend too much time marking and ‘work should be marked with a single grade.’ Many schools use a ‘deep marking’ or triple marking approach to display a ‘conversation’ between teacher and student. This involves teachers providing individual feedback; a […]

Get ready for Classroom Riddles

  • October 21st, 2016
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A riddle is a question or statement that describes something without actually naming what it is, leaving your students to guess. Using riddles in the classroom is a fun way to get students’ making discoveries about language. Most words in the English language are ambiguous and students need to understand that words and sentences can […]

Could new guide end the mental health stigma in schools?

  • October 11th, 2016
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A rise in mental health issues has been widely reported by education professionals across primary, secondary and further education settings. YMCA Chief Executive has labelled it as ‘one of the principal worries affecting their generation.’ To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October, Public Health England have commissioned a ‘comprehensive guide to […]

Parent Governors keep their voice

  • September 21st, 2016
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Education secretary, Justine Greening has announced plans to remove the role of parent governors will not go ahead. Earlier this year, former Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that roles previously reserved for parents, would be given to professionals with the ‘right skills’ in business. The decision was made in line with plans to convert schools […]

Grammar schools given the go ahead

  • September 21st, 2016
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Following reports last month that the ban on grammar schools may be lifted, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the expansion for grammar schools will go ahead. New measures will also make it easier for new faith schools to open, and universities who wish to charge higher fees will be asked to support new […]

Should pupils be allowed time off during term-time?

  • August 31st, 2016
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Government statistics have revealed that more than 150,000 fines were issued to parents in 2014/15 for their children’s term-time absence. This is a 54% increase compared with the previous year. There has been an ongoing dispute to whether parents should have to pay fines for taking their children on holiday during the school term. A […]

A return to grammar schools?

  • August 3rd, 2016
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We could be seeing a return of grammar schools following a new Prime Minister, who attended a comprehensive and grammar school, and a newly appointed Education Secretary who is ‘open minded’ about grammar schools. Currently, new schools are required to be a free school or academy. During Tony Blair’s term as Prime Minister, there’s been […]

Almost half of primary students fail to meet new SATs standard

  • July 8th, 2016
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Provisional figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) have shown that only 53% of year 6 pupils have met the new expected standards in reading, writing and maths. 80% of students met the required standard last year across all three subjects. The DfE has stressed the 53% result from this year were “not comparable […]

Five reasons Teaching Assistants are invaluable

  • July 5th, 2016
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At Athona, we know Teaching Assistants (TAs) are fantastic – they make a difference both inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why we’ve come up with our top five reasons of what makes them invaluable.  1. You’re the student’s rock – even if they wouldn’t like to admit it. Working so closely with students on a […]