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Wanted: 47,000 teachers. Intelligence an advantage, but not essential

by Conservative Woman, January 7, 2019

IT HAS been widely reported that we have a teacher-recruitment crisis.

‘Oh, no we don’t!’ claims the government.
IT HAS been widely reported that we have a teacher-recruitment crisis.

‘Oh, no we don’t!’ claims the government.

‘Oh, yes we do!’ respond the teacher unions.

And, for once, it really does look as though the unions have got it right.

An internal government email leaked to the TES (formerly the Times Educational Supplement) admits that ‘challenges in teacher supply have worsened’. The number of teachers fell, albeit slightly (1.2 per cent), during 2016-17, the latest year for which there is data. A major challenge is, therefore, facing the Department for Education. Secondary school pupil numbers are forecast to rise by 534,000, around 20 per cent, between 2107 and 2026. An extra 47,000 teachers will be needed to cope with this increase.

College could increase teachers' hours to cut costs

by TES, January 7, 2019

A sixth-form college is considering increasing teacher contact hours in a bid to save money and ensure its financial sustainability.

A range of proposals is currently being considered, Greenhead College told Tes, and several of the options being discussed “would involve an increase in timetabled teacher-student contact hours”. Currently, the figure stands at around 20 hours per week, but there are proposals to increase this to 21 hours 20 minutes or even 23 hours and 40 minutes per week – the latter would represent a rise in teaching hours of 18 per cent.

Teachers’ leaders accuse Theresa May of breaking funding promise

by iNews, January 7, 2019

Teachers leaders have accused the Prime Minister of breaking her promise to increase school funding after it was revealed nearly 5,000 schools will suffer cuts this year. An analysis of the funding allocation for schools reveals one in four primary schools and one in six secondaries will see their budgets cut as a result of lower than expected funding from the Government.

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Nearly 5,000 schools in England not given promised cash – unio

by Guardian, January 7, 2019

England’s biggest teaching union has accused the government of breaking its promise to provide a modest cash boost to every school in England, claiming figures reveal that nearly 5,000 schools have received no extra funds or have even had their funding cut.

Teaching post advertised 14 times – and four apply

by TES, January 6, 2019

Figures showing teaching posts have been advertised up to 14 times should be a "wake-up call" for the Scottish government, according to the Liberal Democrats.

State-school pupils’ double whammy

by Guardian, January 6, 2019

The education reforms are certainly disadvantaging state-educated pupils but in a much more serious way than your article highlighted (“Exam reforms boost private pupils in race for universities”, News). State schools are forced to use the tougher reformed GCSE and those young people who don’t achieve a grade 4 in English and/or maths first time around are then forced to retake the examinations again and again until they either reach the magical grade 4 or the age of 18. Privately educated students can study the iGCSE and are not forced into resits when this is not in their best interests.

The Observer view on a graduate tax being the fairest way to pay for university

by Guardian, January 6, 2019

Four in five young people who go to university will end up repaying 9p of every pound they earn over £21,000 for 30 years. Little wonder that university funding has become such a charged political issue. A new review of university funding will be published in the coming weeks. Some of the proposals reportedly include the idea that universities will only be able to charge £6,500 a year for cheaper-to- provide courses, whereas for courses such as engineering and medicine, they may be allowed to charge over £13,000.

How to refresh your behaviour management this term

by TES, January 6, 2019

Across the country, trees and decorations have been taken down and endless tubs of Celebrations have been consumed.

For many teachers, the hardest part of the year is now over: trainees have successfully navigated their way through their first gruelling term; NQTs are now established in the classroom and have probably been more keen to take risks without the beady eye of an observer perpetually watching over them; and even those more experienced teachers can congratulate themselves on another dark and gloomy autumn term under their belts.

Study suggests iGCSEs are ‘easier’ than reformed GCSEs

by Schools Week, January 4, 2019

Controversial international GCSEs used disproportionately by private schools are “easier” than new reformed GCSEs, a new study suggests.

Tes FE Podcast: Maths recruitment, retention and resits

by TES, January 4, 2019

In this week's episode of the Tes FE Podcast, Sarah Simons talks to Catherine Sezen, senior policy manager at the Association of Colleges, about maths teaching, GCSE maths resits and teacher recruitment in the FE sector.

Universities raise alarm over no-deal Brexit and EU student enrolment

by Guardian Education , January 4, 2019

University leaders have said that a no-deal Brexit would constitute “one of the biggest threats” ever faced by the sector, as figures revealed a further decline in EU student enrolment, particularly in postgraduate research.

'Four reasons to look forward to the new term'

by TES, January 4, 2019

I’m all of a doo-dah, time-wise. Traditionally I hit peak-Christmas on 24th December having simmered with excitement since August. The down side of such a run up is that my interest takes a vertical plummet just after the Queen finishes wittering on. By Christmas pudding time, I'm ready to rip the tinsel off the tree and punch anyone who utters anything festive. All I want to see is clean surfaces and an organised calendar. But this year is different…

Our children understand that they have to be world-beaters - but do we?

by Telegraph, January 3, 2019

My eldest son turned 11 last week and this morning he will receive a present: being taken by his father to sit an 11+ exam. It’s a lousy way to celebrate. Growing up in Scotland, I had heard tales about these exams inflicted by the English upon their offspring. How children are taken off to be branded, pass or fail, at this tender age. A kind of educational barbarism that a more enlightened society (Scotland, for example) would not inflict on its young. Yet here I am, going native, dragging my son to an exam hall to answer questions that I’d struggle to answer myself.

Universities Should Be About Transferable Skills And Continuing Education

by Forbes, January 3, 2019

As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about how enterprises today need to shake up the status quo on business leadership, what really helps to keep my perspective on this refreshed and grounded is talking to my kids.

Will Ofsted's curriculum vision be reduced to a box-ticking exercise?

by TES, January 3, 2019

And so Ofsted chief inspector’s Amanda Spielman’s day of reckoning moves nearer.

In just under two weeks, Ofsted will launch the consultation of the latest draft of its new inspection framework, the one that will include plans to refocus its inspections on curriculum and away from performance data, both internal and public.

Obsessing over Oxbridge is not the way to beat inequality

by The Guardian, January 3, 2019

Elitism and Oxbridge: it is the hardy perennial of debate about the state of our universities. Last month yet another report – this one from the Sutton Trust – highlighted the extent to which Oxford and Cambridge remain dominated by students from the south-east of England, many of them selected from a small number of elite fee-paying and selective state schools.

'Why total immersion is the best way to teach languages'

by TES, January 3, 2019

I don’t think my students really believed me when I told them, “We will only be speaking French on this trip.”

Two in five people think they would be a good teacher but low pay and workload deters them, unions say

by Independent, January 3, 2019

Nearly half of us believe we would make a good teacher, a survey has found – but many of those interested in taking up the profession are just not entering classrooms.

Schools to be offered training on poverty impact

by TES, January 2, 2019

Few teachers have experienced poverty personally but a new learning package aims to address their ‘knowledge deficit’

Bromley scores high and outperforms other boroughs in education

by Bromley Borough News, January 2, 2019

The data, which was revealed in the meeting of the Education, Children and Families Select Committee on December 12, showed that a very high proportion of Bromley residents take up their children’s entitlement to free early years education, higher than the rest of London, and most children attending these settings achieve a good level of development, way above the national as well as the London averages.


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