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One-third of London pupils don’t get first-choice secondary

by TES, December 6, 2018

More than a third of London children missed out on their first-choice secondary school places this year, according to a report.

Parents experience Sats pressure for themselves

by TES, December 5, 2018

Hundreds of parents spent this morning being tested on their knowledge of adverbials and long division, as part of a national Sats sit-in day.

‘An education arms race’: inside the ultra-competitive world of private tutoring

by Guardian, December 5, 2018

As dusk falls in the Girlington district of Bradford, a trickle of cars begin to arrive in front of a small parade of shops. Parents who have just collected their children at the end of the school day are dropping them off at the Explore Learning tuition centre for extra maths and English coaching. The children sit at a cluster of computer terminals, where they log in to begin their evening studies. The atmosphere is relaxed and lighthearted. The children stay for an hour to work through their lessons, helped where necessary by a member of staff, with 15 minutes’ playtime at the end.

Reading scheme at age 5 helps GCSE success

by TES, December 5, 2018

A reading programme that helps the lowest-attaining children when they are aged 5 or 6 could boost their GCSEs scores 10 years later, new research has found.

One in 10 children 'often lonely', according to new ONS figures

by Guardian, December 5, 2018

One in 10 children aged 10 to 15 in Britain are often lonely, according to the first official figures on child loneliness, described by the Children’s Society as heartbreaking.

Final Say: Two-thirds of students demand referendum on Brexit deal

by Independent, December 4, 2018

Two-thirds of students demand a Final Say on the Brexit deal in the largest poll of its kind so far.

'Small changes will make the difference on apprenticeships'

by TES, December 4, 2018

The apprenticeship system is currently going through massive change. With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, employer interest and public awareness around apprenticeships is growing. However, while the apprenticeship system has greatly improved, it needs to develop further to make apprenticeships work better for employers, learners and providers.

Support for children with special needs is too ‘disjointed and inconsistent’, Ofsted report warns

by Independent, December 4, 2018

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is too “disjointed and inconsistent” and diagnoses are taking too long and are often “inaccurate”, Ofsted has warned.

Ofsted annual report 2017-18: key points for FE

by TES, December 4, 2018

The overall performance of general FE colleges improved in 2017-18, according to Ofsted’s annual report - but funding pressures on the sector are affecting its performance, according to the inspectorate.

The 16 grammars that have won funds to expand

by BBC News, December 4, 2018

Sixteen grammar schools in England have been given permission to create hundreds of new places.

The schools are receiving a share of the Department for Education's £50m selective school expansion fund to accommodate up to 4,000 extra pupils.

'Innovation doesn't always lead to improvement'

by TES, December 2, 2018

It’s my experience that innovation is seen as an inherent positive in FE. It’s one of those shiny words that pops up in mission statements and prospectuses, letting people know that this ain’t no fuddy-duddy, set-in-its-ways college; this is a college that’s not afraid of the new, the hip, the gleaming straight-out-of-the-box ideas and practices that will drive things to the future.

Schools can’t be substitute parents, Ofsted chief warns

by Guardian, December 2, 2018

Parents must not “abdicate their responsibility” by expecting schools to solve all the major problems children face, the chief inspector for schools will warn this week.

History lessons about comprehensive schools

by Guardian, December 2, 2018

Afua Hirsch (Free education is disappearing before our eyes, 28 November) contrasts the current state of education with that ushered in by the 1944 Education Act, which she writes established comprehensive schools. Having been a schoolboy at the time and later a teacher I feel the need to put straight that part of the record.

Relationships and resilience

by BBC News, December 1, 2018

Why some schools are giving students lessons in mindfulness.

Are teachers the key to their pupils’ mental health?

by BBC News, December 1, 2018

Dozens of schools are giving students lessons in mindfulness to improve behaviour and health.

Two tips from kids’ books for being happy

by TES, November 30, 2018

It’s hard to admit, but we teachers aren’t so different from the kids we teach. Like them, we make mistakes and need time to reflect; we like working to time limits and being praised for a job well done; and yes, we switch off if you talk at us from a PowerPoint for hours.

How to take a thematic approach to the curriculum

by TES, November 30, 2018

Geography is a fascinating subject. One term you can be studying cities, their growth and challenges, and then the next term the way rivers shape the land. A topic on tectonic hazards is followed by one looking at deforestation in the Amazon. The programme of study might evolve as a teacher takes an interest in the issue of plastics in the ocean and so that topic appears sandwiched between one on migration and something on the geography of crime.

Government falls short of teacher training targets in most secondary school subjects

by Independent, November 30, 2018

The government has missed its teacher training targets in most secondary school subjects this year, new government statistics have revealed.

The future of work: technology, myths and the importance of learning

by Learning News , November 30, 2018

There's a lot of hyperbole about the future of work, about how robots are coming for our jobs, leaving in their wake a dystopian nightmare of mass unemployment. Daniel Susskind is here to explore those anxieties, pointing out the myths and misconceptions that generate them, and providing vivid illustrations of the opportunities and complexities of the future of work, as well as the very real risks.

One in three MPs do not believe schools are in funding crisis, despite repeated warnings over austerity

by Independent, November 29, 2018

A third of MPs do not believe that schools in Britain are in the grip of a funding crisis, despite headteachers increasingly warning of cuts to teaching staff and support for the most vulnerable.

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