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‘England’s secondary heads and teachers are stuck in a zero-sum game from which it’s impossible to escape’

by TES, December 9, 2015

Critics of secondary schools in England fail to grasp that the sector is battling against an almost impossible paradox, writes a leading union leader
"England’s primary schools continue to improve, but secondary schools still remain a problem in large parts of our country," Sir Michael Wilshaw said last week as he presented Ofsted’s 2015 annual report. Sir Michael’s concerns were taken further in his report itself, which warned: "Concerted action is now needed to address the continuing weakness in our education system after the age of 11. Unless that action is taken the nation will continue to fail thousands of children and young people."

How a school turned around its GCSE results by taking learning outdoors

by TES, December 9, 2015

Julie Hazeldine, headteacher of Flixton Girls School in Manchester, explains how her school has utilised the challenges and adventures of outdoor learning to widen students' horizons

'Too often lesson observations alienate teachers, belittle them professionally and compound the stress in the profession'

by TES, December 9, 2015

The approach external agencies take to school improvement must be more collegiate and less confrontational, writes one celebrated headteacher. So your school recieves a disappointing inspection. This is bad enough, but what inevitably follows is the arrival of the "hit squad". Whatever confidence left in the establishment is quickly eroded by the battery of observers, clipboards in hand, who appear with the sole aim of improving the teachers. What generally happens, however, is the opposite: "Death by Observation."

E-books can boost boys' reading ability, says study TES Reporter

by TES, December 9, 2015

E-books can help to boost boys' abilities in reading and encourage them to enjoy the subject, according to research. A new study found that youngsters who used the technology were more likely to have their nose in a story for longer, were more likely to say that reading is cool and were less likely to find reading difficult.

Heads warn of growing 'crisis' as four in five schools struggle to recruit staff

by TES Connect, December 9, 2015

Headteachers have warned of an ongoing “recruitment crisis” after new research revealed that almost four in five schools are finding it difficult to fill vacancies.
According to headteachers’ union the NAHT, 79 per cent of school leaders who advertised positions had a problem filling them.

Labour needs to get stuck in on education

by The Guardian, December 9, 2015

Like Peter Wilby (Education profile, 8 December), I like Lucy Powell, the new but apparently not New Labour shadow education secretary. I think she is smart enough to do good things. But to claim “I have two staff working for me. I haven’t got the resource to look at some of these big issues’’ risks missing two big opportunities. I don’t know all the best technical answers to testing, accountability, structures and so on, but I do know that many teachers and parents will want credible arguments before they campaign or vote in important local, city and national elections just 20 weeks ahead in May. So harnessing the available resources from supportive people who can offer help would make sense.

Poor children 'systematically' failed from nursery to secondary school, social mobility tsar warns

by TES, December 5, 2015

It is a “moral outrage” that the education system “systematically fails" the poorest children in the country at every level from early years onwards, the country’s social mobility tsar has said. Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has told a House of Lords committee that children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are losing out from nursery right through to primary and secondary level.

Majority of school leaders 'feel pressure' over conversion to academy status

by TES, December 5, 2015

More than 80 per cent of school leaders say that they have felt pressure about converting to academy status, according to a study.In contrast, 59 per cent said that they actually wanted their school to become an academy, the research by school finance specialist HCSS Education shows.

TES announces new partnership with Bett and the Education Show to support the sharing of teaching ideas

by BBC News, December 5, 2015

TES is to expand its role in helping teachers to share their best ideas, in a new partnership with the Bett education technology shows and the Education Show.
TES will be the global knowledge partner for the leading education events, in a move that will see the brands work together with their networks of teachers to help deliver inspiring content in the UK and around the world. The Bett shows take place in the UK, Asia, Middle East and Latin America, and the Education Show will be held in Birmingham in March. The UK Bett show will take place in London from 20-23 January.

Jo Boaler: ‘We need a revolution in how we think about maths’

by TES Connect, December 5, 2015

Stanford academic on liberating pupils from a ‘crippling’ fear of making mistakes. Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, has big ambitions – she’s on a mission to transform maths education. She ends each email to the 60,000 people signed up to her website with “Vive la révolution” and it’s not just a rhetorical flourish.

Wider range of students taking degrees, suggests study

by BBC News, December 5, 2015

Universities have broadened access to higher education to include more students from disadvantaged areas, a new Universities UK report shows.
Full-time undergraduates from the most disadvantaged areas, those places which had had the fewest youngsters going to university, rose 42%, from some 22,000 in 2005 to more than 31,000 in 2014.

School debts 'have increased sharply' since 2013

by BBC News, December 5, 2015

State school debt in England and Wales has increased sharply in the past three years, as budgets tighten and cost pressures hit schools, a report says.
The Times Educational Supplement asked councils how much maintained schools had asked to borrow since 2013-14. Borrowing in the 137 of 174 local authorities that responded rose £20m to £56.7m, the TES said, over three years.The government says school budgets have been protected, but heads say they continue to face rising cost pressures.

Shrinking distances for school admissions

by BBC News, December 5, 2015

Families have to live within 300m of a school to get a place in almost a hundred schools, according to an analysis of school admissions. The FindASchool website has gathered data on access to places in England's state schools.

Nurseries 'will struggle to offer extra free childcare'

by BBC, November 27, 2015

Many nurseries in England will struggle to provide 30 hours of free pre-school childcare, despite the promise of an extra £1bn, early years providers say.

Teachers 'offered days off to lure them into jobs'

by Telegraph, November 27, 2015

Teachers are being offered extra days off to attend events during school hours, like the cricket, in a bid to lure them into jobs, a headteacher has said.

One in five children obese leaving primary school

by BBC, November 27, 2015

One in 10 children was obese at the start primary school in England last year but one in five was obese by the end, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?

by Niace, November 27, 2015

As the government sets their sights on delivering 3 million apprenticeships in this parliament, many of us find ourselves asking – where are these going to come from?

Can philanthropy be taught in a classroom?

by Guardian, November 27, 2015

Can philanthropy be taught in a classroom? And would philanthropic donors armed with MBAs in impact and effectiveness actually be a good thing for the voluntary sector?

Our obsession with metrics turns academics into data drones

by Guardian, November 27, 2015

I’m an academic with more than 15 years experience in higher education; my partner works in a state-run nursery school. The age gap between our students is, at the very least, 14 years. Nevertheless, there is one word that unites us: metrics. The desire to measure attainment, progress and calculate “added value” is becoming increasingly pervasive in both of our sectors.

State school pupils do better at university, Cambridge Assessment research confirms.

by Teacher News, November 27, 2015

Research by Cambridge Assessment – a department of the University of Cambridge –confirms that state school pupils are likely to do better at university than independent school pupils with similar A Level results.