New GCSEs causing confusion in schools. Do employers know what’s heading their way?

  • May 2nd, 2017
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Nearly a year ago, Athona reported the changes for the new 9-1 GCSEs was already underway in some schools, and as this year 11 cohort take their final steps towards their exams, the news has come to the forefront of the media. The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the reforms in 2012, in a […]

Should pupils be taught about mental health?

  • April 12th, 2017
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Recent survey shows a majority of parents want to see their children being taught about mental health. The survey was released to 1,000 parents after the charity Headucation UK launched its campaign, calling for mental health education to be made mandatory. Results showed that four out of five believe that protecting their child’s mental health […]

Schools in Mental Wellbeing Epidemic

  • March 20th, 2017
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With constant access to social media and increased pressure academically, young people have arguably more stressful lives today than ever before. According to Sam Royston, director of policy and research at the children’s society, it has become ‘desperately worrying.’ Charity YoungMinds have reported that 82% of teachers ‘agreed that the focus on exams had become […]

Marking parents on their efforts

  • December 21st, 2016
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Ofsted recently commended a primary school in Newthorpe which grades parents on their efforts to support their child. This could be through helping with homework, attending meetings and watching plays for instance. The school have been doing so since 2011 and Ofsted Chief Inspector, Michael Wilshaw, said it was ‘making a huge difference.’ Students whose […]

Should parents make a yearly donation towards their child’s education?

  • December 21st, 2016
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With schools expecting further funding cuts, a former government advisor has suggested that parents be asked to make a contribution. Sir Andrew Carter proposed that schools ask for £500 per year to support their child’s education. He would use the extra funding himself to reduce class sizes, improving the teacher-student ratio; reducing teachers’ workload and […]

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 […]

Primary testing – were parents and head teachers right to protest?

  • May 12th, 2016
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Ministers have made both KS1 and KS2 tests more difficult in a hope to raise standards. Earlier this month, a number of parents kept their children off school for a day in protest over primary tests in England, with thousands of parents signing a petition calling for a boycott. Many unhappy head teachers have also […]