Teachers ‘wasting time on marking in coloured pens’

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Teachers are spending too much time over-marking pupils’ homework, Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb has said. He told MPs that marking in different-coloured pens, and giving feedback in exercise books, had never been a government or an Ofsted requirement. He told the Education Committee that the practice was adding to teachers’ workload – one of […]

West Sussex heads warning of cuts to school hours

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Head teachers have written to Theresa May to warn that a funding crisis could make schools reduce hours, lay off staff or stop teaching some subjects. The letter to the prime minister has been signed by the heads of every state school in West Sussex, who argue they need £20m in emergency funding. They say […]

Many teachers ‘working 60-hour week’

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Teacher Megan Quinn says she works a minimum of 56 hours per week – not to mention a few more on marking and lesson preparation. She is just one of many thousands of teachers in England said to be burning the professional candle at both ends. According to the Education Policy Institute, most full-time teachers […]

Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

England’s classrooms need more male teachers, an education charity says, as government figures show a continued gender gap in the profession.  Department for Education statistics show 26% of teachers in England are men – accounting for 38% of secondary and 15% of primary school teachers. To mark World Teachers’ Day, the charity Teach First is urging […]

UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be kept, warns Unesco. The United Nations agency’s estimate is for the number of teachers required to meet the promise of primary and secondary places for all children. The biggest gaps in staffing are in […]

Greening announces social mobility ‘opportunity areas’

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced six “opportunity areas” in England in a £60m scheme to promote social mobility, supporting schools and links with employers. The first areas will be Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough and West Somerset. Prime Minister Theresa May earlier defended her plans for more grammars. She said poorer pupils did better […]

Nurseries at risk as staffing crisis hits, campaigners say

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Nurseries in England are struggling to recruit qualified staff putting them at risk of closure, campaigners have said. Since 2014, the government has said key nursery workers must have at least a grade C in GCSE English and maths. But campaign group Save our Early Years said there was now evidence that this requirement was […]

Extra free childcare ‘threatens nursery schools’

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

Hundreds of nursery schools in England could close if the government presses ahead with plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, a union warns. Pre-schools will not cope financially after a planned two-year package of taxpayer support ends, says the National Association of Head Teachers. In 2017, free care for three-and four-year-olds […]

Oxford head rejects sponsoring schools

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

The head of Oxford University has rejected calls from the government to sponsor schools. Louise Richardson says Oxford was “very good” as a university, but had “no experience” of running schools. The call for universities to help set up schools was part of the proposals to expand grammar schools. But Prof Richardson said to become […]

Greening pledges grammar ‘meritocracy’

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Front page | No Comments

A new generation of grammar schools in England will widen access to good school places, the education secretary told MPs. Justine Greening said expanding grammar schools would help families who could not afford to buy houses in the catchment areas of good schools. Ms Greening said the proposals would create a “truly meritocratic” system. But […]

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