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School nurseries should be open longer - from 8-6pm, says childcare minister

by The Times, October 23, 2014

More schools should take two-year-olds and school nurseries need to open for longer hours so parents can go back to work, the new childcare minister said yesterday.
However his comments came as new research showed that the policy of offering free childcare for three-year-olds has helped only a small number of women into employment.

Ensure heads are worth pay, says Morgan

by The Times, October 23, 2014

School governors need to think very carefully before approving substantial salaries for head teachers, Nicky Morgan told MPs yesterday.
Under questioning by the Commons’ education select committee, the education secretary admitted that there were “some very big numbers out there”.
It emerged last week that 41 head teachers are earning more than the prime minister, who has a salary of £142,500 a year. Of those, eight earn at least £170,000 and two have salaries of more than £190,000.

Deprived pupils get Oxbridge adviser

by The Times, October 23, 2014

A group of schools serving poor communities has hired an elite universities adviser to help more of its brightest students to get places at Oxford or Cambridge.
Simon Pedley, an Oxford graduate, will give mock interviews, help with personal statements, suggest wider reading and offer advice on choosing an Oxbridge college to teenagers at schools sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust.

School turns away tattooed trainee teacher

by The Times, October 23, 2014

A teaching assistant was sent home on the first day of her job at a Catholic school because she was covered in tattoos. Charlotte Tumilty, 26, whose neck, arms, hands, legs and feet are tattooed, was interviewed and offered the job but was turned away within an hour of starting.

Female MBA graduates lack ambition of male counterparts, says study

by Guardian, October 23, 2014

The most highly qualified female business graduates lack the ambition of male counterparts in sectors such as engineering, manufacturing and natural resources, new research suggests.

Some 84% of women taking management jobs in “tech-intensive” industries immediately after gaining a master’s in business administration (MBA) aspired to a senior executive or chief executive role, compared with 97% of men, according to a global study of almost 6,000 MBA graduates by research group Catalyst.

Graduates 'should pay back fees to universities'

by BBC News, October 23, 2014

Graduates should pay their university a proportion of their future earnings rather than taking out loans, a report by a free-market think tank suggests.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) says student loans financed by the taxpayer should be scrapped.

The study says tying universities' income to that of students would be an incentive to produce top graduates.

Critics said the proposal would lead to a narrower curriculum and push up the cost of a university education.

Code of practice for religious schools shelved

by BBC News, October 23, 2014

The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC has learned.

It was recommended by the government's Extremism Task Force to ensure children were not exposed to intolerant views.

Home Secretary Theresa May suggested the code should be mandatory following the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham.

But the government now says more can be done within existing regulations.

Plans for an online school could change the way children are educated but is there really a future without classrooms?

by Get Bucks, October 22, 2014

There are many parents who feel the frustration of the school system from time to time with some opting for home schooling. But what about those who do not feel they can teach their child themselves? JO-ANNE ROWNEY speaks to Tom Scott from Wey Ecademy, an online free school, about why he feels that is the answer.

How to support pupils who stammer

by TES, October 22, 2014

Speaking is central to learning. It enables students to clarify and develop their understanding and reveals any misconceptions or gaps in their knowledge. So stammering can be a serious barrier to education. The British Stammering Association estimates that there is likely to be at least one stammerer in every school, but few teachers receive training on the condition or know how best to support learners who suffer from it. Here are some tips to help...

Foreign pupils 'treated like illegal immigrants', boarding schools warn

by TES, October 22, 2014

Tough immigration laws mean foreign children applying to be educated in UK boarding schools are subjected to “demeaning and humiliating” checks that treat them “like illegal immigrants”, boarding school leaders have said.

Headteachers also claimed that the huge administrative burden of overseeing applications from non-EU pupils now meant that schools were being treated “as a branch of the Home Office”.

Recent rule changes meant that some schools were at risk of losing their all-important “highly trusted sponsor" status – which allows them to receive overseas pupils and vital income, headteachers warned.

‘Our 10-point plan to reduce teacher workload

by TES, October 22, 2014

The Association of School and College Leaders has written to education secretary Nicky Morgan outlining 10 steps that would reduce teacher workload

Nicky Morgan told to clarify Ofsted’s powers to inspect academy chains

by Guardian, October 22, 2014

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been ordered by MPs to write to the chief inspector of schools after she publicly contradicted him over the watchdog’s powers to inspect academy chains.

Morgan came under fire over the government’s academies and free schools programme when she appeared before the House of Commons education select committee. She refused to back down from a direct clash with Sir Michael Wilshaw’s position, leaving baffled committee members to choose who to believe.

England’s free nursery places deliver no long-term benefits, say studies

by Guardian, October 22, 2014

The policy of providing free nursery places for three-year-olds in England has delivered no long-term educational benefits and helped only a small number of women into work, according to two studies.

Tony Blair’s Labour administration began offering free part-time pre-school education in England in 1998, and by 2007 88% of three-year-olds were benefiting. Labour has promised to extend the offer from 15 to 25 hours if it wins next year’s general election, while Liberal Democrats have pledged to make free places available for two-year-olds.

Nick Clegg says teachers should be free from ‘runaway train of bureaucracy’

by Guardian, October 22, 2014

he Liberal Democrat leader is to step up the coalition’s charm offensive with teachers when he announces a new initiative to free them from a bureaucracy that he says has left them feeling undervalued and overworked.

In a speech on Wednesday, in which he will hail the contribution of public sector workers, Nick Clegg will say that the government is to establish a “workload challenge”, to examine ways to ease the burden on teachers

Ofsted has power to inspect academy chains, say Morgan

by BBC News, October 22, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has publicly contradicted the head of Ofsted over whether the watchdog has the right to inspect academy chains.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has often called for his organisation to be given additional powers to inspect and grade the management of academy chains.

But Ms Morgan said inspectors already had the power to inspect these bodies.

More than half of secondary schools in England are now academies, operating outside local authority control.

Virtual lessons a boon for Birmingham school hit by fire

by BBC News, October 22, 2014

Pupils at a secondary school closed by a fire are learning online in what is being claimed as the UK's biggest virtual school experiment.

Yardleys School in Birmingham has been shut because of a fire in a nearby warehouse - but pupils are logging on to the Yardleys Virtual Academy.

It allows them to take part in lessons on video-conferencing systems and online messaging networks.

Deputy head David Pohl says the pupils have been quick to adapt.

Teachers asked to suggest ways to reduce workload

by BBC News, October 22, 2014

Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, in an attempt to stop a "runaway train of bureaucracy".

They are being urged to tell the government what administrative tasks should be cut or scrapped altogether.

Launching the workload challenge for teachers, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says teachers must be liberated from "burdensome workloads".

Mr Clegg says teachers should be freed to spend more time in the classroom.

Universities threatened by marking boycott

by The Courier, October 21, 2014

Courier country students could see their degrees thrown into disarray after a major union voted to press ahead with industrial action.

The potentially crippling action, organised by the University and College Union, could see exams left unmarked and coursework not set.

The union called the vote after it emerged pension changes could cost members £20,000 per year.

Dust may cause peanut allergy

by The Courier, October 21, 2014

A new study has revealed that peanut allergy may be caused by exposure to peanut protein in household dust.

Around two per cent of schoolchildren in the UK are allergic to peanuts while severe eczema in early infancy has also been linked to food allergies, particularly peanut allergy.

Record number of exams re-graded

by The Courier, October 21, 2014

Record numbers of A-level and GCSE grades were changed this year, amid growing concerns among schools about marking.

New figures show that tens of thousands of results were altered after increasing numbers of papers were submitted to exam boards for rechecking and re-marking.

Headteachers said they were not surprised that there had been a significant rise in requests for re-marks this year, as many schools had seen "worrying" results which they did not believe reflected students' true abilities.

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