Almost third of university academics from outside UK

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

Almost a third of university academics in the UK are from outside the UK, according to figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. And almost one in five is from a country in the European Union. University leaders have been concerned that Brexit will make it harder to recruit and retain staff from the […]

Head resigns over school funding crisis

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

A head teacher has resigned in protest over the school funding crisis, telling parents she had not gone into teaching to cut the number of teachers or increase class sizes. Mary Sandell, head of the Forest School in Winnersh, Berkshire, has written to parents about “bleak” funding problems. Head teachers across England have been warning […]

Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle “significant teacher shortages” in England, a committee of MPs has said. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan, as schools struggle to recruit enough teachers and pupil numbers continue to rise. MPs want more active efforts to reduce the numbers quitting teaching. […]

Call to end ban on council-run schools sponsoring academies

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

A ban on top council-run schools sponsoring failing schools amounts to “red tape” and should be dropped, say council bosses.  In England, only schools with academy status are allowed to form trusts to sponsor weaker schools. And, the Local Government Association said, a shortage of “good quality” sponsors often left failing schools “in the dark […]

Support staff ‘plugging more teaching gaps’

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

School support staff are being asked increasingly to teach lessons to cover the gaps caused by staff shortages, a poll suggests. Some (78%) of those surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers say the work they do when covering a class is the same as that of a teacher. The union said schools did […]

Overseas teachers targeted to fill school vacancies

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

Retired teachers and trainees from overseas are to be targeted in a campaign to tackle classroom shortages in Scotland. Trainee teachers from Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland will be encouraged to apply to work in Scotland. Retired teachers who remain on the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) register will be asked to return part-time. […]

Heads ‘furious’ at grammar cash promise

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

Head teachers warning that they face financial meltdown are “furious” that the government has been pledging funds to create grammar schools in England. It was revealed on Wednesday that ministers had invited grammar school leaders to apply for £150m over three years for new selective school places. School leaders have also demanded the return of £384m, initially […]

‘New grammars by 2020’ reveal heads after meeting ministers

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

The first of a new wave of grammar schools in England could be open by 2020 – the Grammar School Heads’ Association has revealed, following a meeting with the education secretary. Among the options is to admit only the top 10% of the ability range – compared with 25% in many grammar intakes. There is […]

Half of academies fall short on funding

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

More than half of academies in England have lacked enough income to cover their annual expenditure, according to figures revealed by ministers. An answer to a Parliamentary question shows that the proportion of academy trusts with an annual shortfall doubled in two years. It comes amid growing warnings about school funding shortages. But Schools Minister […]

West Sussex governors threaten ‘strike’ over school funding

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Front page | No Comments

The first ever school governors’ “strike” is being threatened in the escalating dispute over spending cuts. School governors in West Sussex are writing to MPs to warn them they will refuse to sign off budgets or carry out their supervisory work. They are backing local head teachers who have warned they might have to cut […]

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