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How school behaviour could be improved in the military style

by TES, February 8, 2016

An Army background helped one teacher better understand classroom behaviour. I used to be in the Army. As such, it is often assumed that behaviour management in the classroom should hold no fears for me. I am, after all, a military machine, the kids don’t stand a chance, surely? Utter rubbish. I face the same challenges as every teacher. Yet, while I understand why some in the teaching profession are dubious about “military-style behaviour management”, I know more than most that the military can give us some lessons about behaviour that are worth listening to.

'Do we need to map out our unborn son's education?'

by Telegraph, February 6, 2016

Securing a place for a child at a good local primary school, can be one of the biggest concerns parents face. With reports frequently highlighting the shortage of school places, and supersize classes of 30 or more on the rise, it's little wonder that even future parents consider catchment areas when house hunting.

Widening access to a university education in Scotland

by BBC, February 6, 2016

The latest official figures show just how big a challenge it is to get more young people from disadvantaged areas to university.
The numbers are up - but progress is slow. At some universities, the figures even appear to be going the wrong way.
Politicians of all colours try to find answers. A Scottish government commission on widening access is due to report soon.
Nobody pretends either the problem or the possible solutions are straightforward.
Looking at universities in isolation, of course, misses the point.

'Massively' improved state schools threaten private sector

by The Guardian, February 6, 2016

State schools have improved “massively”, according to the founder of the Good Schools Guide, who says their growing popularity with parents is threatening to drive weaker private schools out of business. Ralph Lucas, editor-in-chief of the guide regarded as the bible for middle-class school choice, said that as results and behaviour improved even those families who could afford private school fees were increasingly choosing the state sector.

Good Schools Guide editor: Better state schools put private sector at risk

by BBC, February 6, 2016

UK state schools have improved so much that some private schools may go out of business, the Good Schools Guide says.
When the guide was first published in 1986, it recommended 10 state schools - 4% of its total. This year, about 300 schools (25%) are in the state sector.
Editor Lord Lucas said featured schools were chosen by parents who were more interested in sending their children to state schools now than in the past.
A body representing private schools said it was good to see improvement.

Exclusive: State school turnaround will shrink private education, says Good Schools Guide owner

by TES, February 5, 2016

Schools in the state sector have improved beyond recognition in the past 30 years, since the guide was launched, says Ralph Lucas
State schools, once dogged by fighting, pot-smoking pupils, are now threatening to put their independent rivals out of business, according to an old Etonian who advises wealthy parents on education.

'At Ofqual we are not complacent about progress'

by TES, February 5, 2016

The exams regulator has been accused of taking too long to approve new GCSE specifications that will be taught from September. But it is striking a balance between pace and precision, writes its acting executive director for general qualifications.

Games Workshop founder to open two free schools

by TES, February 5, 2016

Ian Livingstone's schools will aim to unite the arts and the sciences The co-founder of Games Workshop, a key figure behind the Tomb Raider video games, is to open two free schools. Ian Livingstone, who is the former president of Eidos, the company that created the hugely successful Lara Croft games, will open the Livingstone Academies in London and Bournemouth. The institutions are part of the latest tranche of 22 new free schools announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan today.

The class book review: What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss

by TES, February 5, 2016

Title: What Pet Should I Get?
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Love him or hate him, you can’t dispute the fact that Dr. Seuss has been entertaining and engaging children for generations. Yet while as a child I loved reading A Fly Went By over and over again to myself, as a teacher I have tended to shy away from the books, deeming them too twee. Reading What Pet Should I Get? for the first time before sharing it with the class, I struggled to justify why I had been so reticent.

Exclusive: Pay gap between teachers and other graduates widens

by TES, February 5, 2016

Young people will choose other professions in 'buoyant' job market, unions warn
The pay gap between teaching and other graduate jobs has widened by more than a third in a year, increasing fears of a deepening recruitment crisis for schools, TES can reveal.

The worrying statistical picture is found in an analysis commissioned by the NASUWT teaching union that demonstrates the impact of the “most buoyant” graduate jobs market in nearly a decade.

The Incomes Data Research (IDR) study shows that the national median starting salary for graduates was £26,500 in 2015 – 19 per cent higher than the £22,244 for new teachers outside London.

Exclusive: State school turnaround will shrink private education, says Good Schools Guide owner

by TES, February 5, 2016

Schools in the state sector have improved beyond recognition in the past 30 years, since the guide was launched, says Ralph Lucas
State schools, once dogged by fighting, pot-smoking pupils, are now threatening to put their independent rivals out of business, according to an old Etonian who advises wealthy parents on education.

New literacy projects given funding to expand Adi Bloom

by TES, February 5, 2016

Almost £4 million will be shared among six educational projects, focused on a variety of topics
A strategy that helps pupils understand why they have to learn about grammar is among a number of small-scale projects that have received funding to expand.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research organisation has today announced that it will allocate almost £4 million in new grants to six projects. These projects have previously been piloted in small, randomised trials, and found to boost pupils’ attainments.

Labour: 'Toxic mix of workload and reform causing recruitment crisis'

by TES, February 4, 2016

A “toxic mix” of excessive workload and government reform has played a key role in the recruitment and retention crisis in teaching, shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said today.

Ms Powell has urgently called for stability in the system in the wake of the “genuine workload issue” and “an unprecedented exodus of great teachers from the profession”.

At the Education Foundation’s Education Reform Summit in Sheffield, Ms Powell accused ministers of being “blind” to the problem of recruitment facing many schools.

The government is yet to formally acknowledge that there is a crisis in recruitment in the profession. But education secretary Nicky Morgan told TES last month that getting teachers in front of classrooms was her top priority.

Heads hit out over English Bacc 'league tables'

by BBC, February 4, 2016

Ministers have been accused of shelving a new measure of school accountability in England before it is introduced. Heads fear a new, broader measure of progress, Progress 8, will be superseded by school data on English Baccalaureate entries and results. In a consultation, the government proposes to use the percentage of pupils entered for the EBacc as a headline school league table measure.

Labour warns on curriculum 'diktat'

by BBC, February 4, 2016

Labour is calling for England's school curriculum to be based on the needs of a modern economy, rather than the political "pet projects" of ministers.
Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell says the "ministerial diktat on the curriculum has gone too far".
Ms Powell is calling for a wider range of interests, including business, to be involved in deciding what pupils learn.

England's largest academy chain 'failing too many pupils'

by BBC, February 4, 2016

The biggest academy chain in England has been accused by Ofsted of "failing too many pupils".
Inspectors say that almost half of pupils at secondary schools run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) are in schools that are "less than good".
Ofsted warns that poorer pupils do "particularly badly" in AET schools.
In response the trust said it was disappointed that its "significant achievements" had "not been sufficiently recognised".

Teachers are bumping up students' predicted grades, warns Ucas chief

by TES, February 4, 2016

Teachers are intentionally bumping up students' predicted A-level grades to help them win places at top universities, the chief executive of Ucas has suggested.

The claim comes as universities are now "more flexible" with grade requirements amid intense competition to attract students, Mary Curnock Cook said.

She said some teachers had told her they were "over-predicting" sixth-formers' results to help them secure initial offers from universities that may be asking for high grades.

Why performance art should be central to the teaching of economics

by TES, February 4, 2016

Have you ever used performance art to teach the intricacies of economics? If not, a group of East London artists think this is something you need to address.
In recent years, East London has become a prime example of the divide between the UK’s richest and poorest. It’s also where a group of artists are teaching people about income inequality using interactive approaches that could easily be transferred to the classroom.

Oxbridge admissions are 'intimidating and complex', says social mobility charity

by TES, February 4, 2016

Admissions processes for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge are "intimidating and complex", and should be made simpler to avoid deterring students from poor homes, according to the leader of a social mobility charity.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said that "many bright students are put off the application process" by confusing arrangements for applying to the elite institutions.

Ofsted: England's biggest academy chain is 'failing too many pupils'

by TES, February 4, 2016

The country’s largest academy chain is “failing too many pupils”, Ofsted has concluded. In a letter published this morning, the watchdog said almost half of the Academies Enterprise Trust’s (AET) secondary pupils attended schools rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement”, and that the performance of the trust’s secondary schools was “mediocre”. Four in 10 of its primary pupils attended schools rated less than good, Ofsted said. The regulator added that children from poor backgrounds did “particularly badly” in the trust – which runs 67 schools - and that attendance levels were “unacceptably low”.

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