Latest Educational News

A private school gets a castle-library, while we fundraise for public school music lessons

by Guardian, June 19, 2019

On the first Tuesday of the month, after the kids are asleep, my partner starts baking. This month it was chocolate zucchini cupcakes. He hates cake. He’s up at 10pm slathering cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and hundreds and thousands (so no one will notice the zucchini) so there may be music lessons at our daughter’s public school.

At afternoon recess the next day, parent volunteers at our suburban Sydney school lay out the cakes baked by parents the night before and the children solemnly line up, their gold – or silver – coin growing warm and ever so slightly sweaty in their eager little hands. They drop their coin into an old biscuit tin, and then stalk the cake stand, agonising over their irreversible decision. When recess is over, the parents pack up the stand and re-assemble it in another location, keen to eke every possible dollar out of the post-school rush. The money is collected in the tin, reported to that night’s P&C meeting (at which we consume the rejected cakes) and dutifully banked.

Teesside private school pupils are 'self-assured without a trace of arrogance', inspectors say

by Gazette Live, June 19, 2019

A high-flying private school on Teesside has been handed an 'Excellent' rating by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Pupils at Red House School in Norton were described as "self-confident and self-assured without a trace of arrogance” by inspectors - who also said the school feels like an "extended family".

Red House is seeing "unprecedented" interest and will soon be oversubscribed in several year groups, despite fees starting at £2,580 a term for primary school age and £3,680 for secondary.

Teens give mental health workshops to 1,000 Walsall pupils

by Express and Star, June 19, 2019

Year 12 pupils at Queen Mary's Grammar School have been going into primary schools in the borough at least once a week for three years to teach the youngsters ways to look after their mental health.

And now they have carried out workshops with their 1,000th pupil – at Short Heath Primary School.

Sophie McPhee, PHSE coordinator at Queen Mary's Grammar School, said the workshops aim to be proactive rather than reacting to problems once they are already there.

Pupil premium: If it's so powerful, why stop it at 16?

by TES, June 19, 2019

On Monday, a packed audience filled a room in Westminster to hear education secretary Damian Hinds give an eloquent and relaxed presentation about social mobility.

Billed as a “major speech”, it was certainly refreshing to hear a cabinet minister using evidence both openly and ably to frame what is always going to be a contested area of public policy. The space to make a speech like this (big on analysis and light on solutions) has opened up what feels like a phoney war before Treasury engages with government departments in the overdue spending review.

TEF: 25 colleges recognised for HE teaching

by TES, June 19, 2019

Dozens of colleges in England have received a Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) award this year, the Office of Students has announced.

The award measures excellence in higher education teaching. To be considered, the providers must meet demanding national quality requirements.

Traineeships help young people to access jobs and further study

by GOV UK, June 19, 2019

Traineeships are successfully supporting more young people into employment, an apprenticeship or further study, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today (19 June).

Traineeships are a flexible education and training programme aimed at helping young people aged 16- 24 to prepare for an apprenticeship or work.

New research published today highlights how traineeships are benefiting young people and employers across the country. Findings show that 75% of trainees get a job, take up an apprenticeship or go on to further study within a year of completing their programme. Employers including global professional services firm Aon have also reported how traineeships have helped them to recruit people from a range of backgrounds, leading to more diverse workforces.

Extra funding for work with universities

by GOV UK, June 19, 2019

A successful project which helps to develop innovative new policies by linking up government officials with universities across the UK, is to be extended for another three years.

The Open Innovation Team was set up in 2016 to help government departments work more closely with academics to develop analysis and ideas in key policy areas.

Teachers in England have 'unmanageable' job – global survey

by Guardian, June 19, 2019

More than half of all secondary schoolteachers in England say their job is “unmanageable”, according to an international survey revealing that teachers in England have one of the highest workloads in the world.

The survey of teachers and school leaders in 48 countries conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) makes depressing reading for those in the profession in England, who had longer working days than anywhere else other than Japan.

11-plus provider CEM bought by Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press

by Schools Week, June 18, 2019

Classified as 11 Plus.

The University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), a leading provider of the 11-plus test, has been sold to Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.

The two organisations have jointly acquired the CEM, which has been used by the education sector for more than 30 years and in more than 70 countries, providing formative assessments for children of various ages.

The CEM is one of a number of providers of the 11-plus test used by schools and councils to assess pupils wanting to attend grammar schools. The organisation will continue to be based in north east England.

Record high in positive school-leaver destinations

by BBC, June 18, 2019

The proportion of young people who enter work, training or further study within nine months of leaving school is now the highest on record.

Statistics show that just over 93% of pupils had a "positive destination".

There are still large differences for "looked-after" children, despite an improvement in their educational outcomes.

But the government said the gap between pupils from the most and least deprived backgrounds was at its lowest ever.

Maths and English funding rate for T levels confirmed

by TES, June 18, 2019

The government will press ahead with plans for a £750, one-off payment per T-level student to support English and maths.

The Department for Education has not agreed to calls from colleges to make payments throughout each year of a T-level programme, or to increase that rate.

Poor courses, not poor students, are to blame for drop-out rates

by The Times, June 18, 2019

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are still far less likely to go to university than their better-off peers, far more likely to drop out when they get there, and less likely to get a good job when they leave. As the regulator for English higher education, we want to see this change: we are requiring universities and other higher education providers to recruit more disadvantaged students, support them so they do not drop out and get better jobs.

Zahida Hammond, headteacher at St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, an 11-16 school in Middlesbrough, looks bewildered when I tell her how many schools seemingly don’t have good careers advice.

by Schools Week, June 18, 2019

There are eight separate careers criteria, called the Gatsby Benchmarks, and just 1.5 per cent of schools and colleges meet all of them.

“It’s about having a concerted drive,” she says. “It’s about having a dedicated leadership and a dedicated person who advocates it and keeps it on everyone’s radar.”

The benchmarks, which range from having a stable careers programme to understanding the job market, “are not particularly difficult”.

And Hammond knows what “difficult” looks like. She joined the school in 2016 just before it was placed in special measures, and bust a gut for its new grade, published this week. St Peter’s is now “requires improvement” with “good” leadership; English and maths results are improving, and the school joined the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust this year.

Senior professionals of education are earning on average £23,000 more per annum than the average UK salary

by FE news, June 18, 2019

New data analysed by RS Components has revealed the best and worst paid jobs across the UK.

Let’s be honest, we’d all love to see an extra zero (or a few) on our payslips, but unfortunately, that’s not very realistic. When it comes to choosing a career or considering a career change, it’s good to have an understanding of the average salary in that particular field.

So, if you fancy a pay rise, RS Components have found which jobs provide more pennies in your pocket by analysing 270 jobs across the UK. The average working Brit earns £29,558 a year, which works out as £569 a week to live off. However, the data has shown that 55% of jobs are paid under the UK average salary.

London-schooled children do better than their coastal peers, as Education Secretary says north-south divide is now 'too simplistic'

by Telegraph, June 18, 2019

Children in coastal schools are falling behind their peers, the education secretary has warned, as he said the traditional concern that the north is more disadvantaged than the south is "too simplistic".

New data published by the Department for Education (DoE) shows that pupils in coastal areas achieve two and a half grades lower at GCSE.

The Peterborough education system and how it works

by Peterborough Today, June 16, 2019

I’ll start off with a statistic that may surprise you.

At present, more than 50 per cent of children and young people in the country are now educated in the academy sector.

The education system has undergone significant changes in recent years and unless you’re involved with schools or a pupil/parent yourself, you may be unsure how this all works.

Here in Peterborough, we have a number of multi academy trusts. These are groups of schools working together as single legal entities to improve life chances for children.

How to handle school when your child is chronically ill

by TES, June 16, 2019

Maternity leave, 2010.

I turned my car around en route to Tesco with my tiny, yellow 12-week-old son in the back; I was worried I didn’t have enough muslin cloths with me if he started haemorrhaging blood.

It was at that moment that I decided I needed to get back to my classroom.

Children with links to social services are two grades behind at GCSE, report suggests

by Independent, June 16, 2019

Children who have had contact with a social worker at any time since the age of nine are around two grades behind at GCSE, a government review suggests.

The average classroom has three children who have needed support from social services at some point in last six years – a total of 1.6m children across England, according to the analysis.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, will say in a speech on Monday that a greater understanding of the range of factors stunting social mobility will help break the cycle of disadvantage.

How big-name artists are helping bring back art in schools

by iNews, June 14, 2019

Art lessons. Whether you saw them as an opportunity to truly express yourself or simply as a welcome respite from Pythagoras’ theorem, they were always on the school timetable. But based on the current trajectory of funding cuts for creative subjects, this may not always be the case.

Various studies undertaken in the past decade have assessed the demise of British arts education. The starkest of them, conducted by the BBC, suggested that nine in every 10 schools have cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in arts subjects.

Charitable organisations have stepped into the breach. One of them is the Hepworth Wakefield museum in Wakefield, Yorkshire. To remedy the problem, the gallery has chosen to revive School Prints, a 1940s exhibition project designed to connect disadvantaged pupils with original artworks.

When is GCSE results day 2019? Date, what time grade boundaries are released and how the marks work

by iNews, June 14, 2019

After finishing their gruelling programme of GCSE exams, hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the UK must then wait a couple of months before finding out how they did.

This year, results day falls on Thursday 22 August. Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning, generally from 10am.

If unable to collect in person, pupils can nominate somebody to pick them up on their behalf, or arrange in advance with the school for their grades be posted or emailed.