Supply teachers in Wales quitting over low pay

  • October 13th, 2017
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Recent reports have revealed 4,500 supply teachers in Wales are having to take on extra jobs just to get through the month. Are you one of the teacher this affects? Have you ever thought about relocating? Our Resource and Development Consultant Luke, who is based in Wales, specialises in providing support to you through the […]

The National Education Union Launches

  • September 12th, 2017
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Voted for by its members, the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Leaders and the National Union of Teachers means the NEU will be the largest education union in Europe. Choosing the new academic year as the moment to launch their joint venture, the union will represent a majority of teachers and education professionals […]

An open letter to teachers

  • September 4th, 2017
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An open letter to teachers. You’re in for a tough ride; be smart. As back to school time looms, teachers everywhere will be dusting off their planners and stocking up on new stationary. Some will be thoroughly excited to get back to the classroom; some simply out of boredom – six weeks is a long […]

MPs warn teacher shortages are getting worse in key subjects

  • February 22nd, 2017
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MPs warn teacher shortages in key subjects, such as physics and maths are getting worse in schools in England. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan to address the struggle schools are facing to recruit enough teachers whilst facing rising pupil numbers. The MPs claim the Government has failed to deal with […]

UK schools trial body cameras for teachers

  • February 8th, 2017
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Two schools in the UK are trialling the use of body cameras in a bid to stop pupil disruption. The schools, which are currently unnamed to avoid unwanted interference during the trial, will film during incidents in the classroom to tackle ‘constantly low-level disruption’. Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies […]

School budgets reaching ‘breaking point’

  • January 23rd, 2017
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A survey of headteachers has suggested school budgets are reaching ‘breaking point’. The survey of 1,102 school leaders revealed the number of schools in deficit has doubled since 2015. Almost three-quarters (71%) of respondents said they were only able to balance their budgets by making cuts or dipping into reserves. 72% said their budgets will be […]

Schools could face ‘devastating’ funding cuts

  • January 16th, 2017
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According an analysis based on Government figures, every constituency in England could see schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans. The Government spending plan, which is due to start in 2018, could result in some schools losing more than £1,000 per pupil. A separate set of calculations suggest 98% of schools face “a […]

Schools’ new funding formula

  • January 9th, 2017
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In March 2016, the then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that consultations would begin on the national funding formula; a system long awaited by many. The formula has long been heralded as ‘fair’ funding, bringing an end to the inequality felt under the current system. Schools currently receive funding based on ‘historic calculations’ on demographics […]

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 […]

Could 10,000 free private school places be offered for low-income pupils?

  • December 20th, 2016
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Up to 10,000 free private school places could be offered to low-income families in England. The Independent Schools Council (ISC), which represents 1,200 private schools, says it can provide the 10,000 places if the government pays £5,550 for each pupils – the figure the state system allocates for each child. The scheme would test some […]

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 […]