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'Only high-quality apprenticeships can plug the skills gap'

by Telegraph, November 25, 2015

Numerical targets, such as the pledge to create 3 million apprenticeships, often focus on quantity at the expense of quality, writes David Hughes.

Three-year-old gives pin-sharp response to Ofsted questionnaire

by Independent, November 25, 2015

A three-year-old’s response to an Ofsted questionnaire has been shared more than 2,000 times on social media. Hayder al-Khoei’s young daughter Layla drew a picture on the form which asked respondents to note down whether they agree or disagree with statements such as “my school takes account of my views” and “my school encourages me to do things for myself and take on responsibility”.

Out-of-town children going to Southend grammar schools up by 20 per cent

by Echo News, November 25, 2015

THE number of children from outside Southend going to the town’s grammar schools increased by 20 per cent in 2015. From 2014 to 2015, the total number of out-of-town children went up from 202 to 257.

Girls are limiting their career options by choosing 'worthwhile' jobs, study finds

by Telegraph, November 25, 2015

Girls are limiting their career options by going for "worthwhile" jobs while boys go after big salaries, new research by Oxford University has found. This means girls are "self-limiting" their career options in favour of low paying jobs like working for charities or museums, while boys focus mainly on salary and have higher aspirations for their future careers.

English students paying highest tuition fees in the world, according to study

by Independent, November 25, 2015

Students in England are paying the highest university tuition fees in the world, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Classroom technology 'rarely used' by half of teachers

by Telegraph, November 25, 2015

Nearly half of teachers rarely use the technology in their classrooms, with a lack of training holding many of those surveyed back, new research suggests. Over a third of teachers in primary schools, and a similar number in secondary schools, also say they are unsure about how to integrate technology into the curriculum, leading to many items going unused on a regular basis.

'Ofsted should be careful what it says about school governing bodies – does it want to set off another recruitment crisis?'

by TES, November 25, 2015

One leading educationist questions the value of attacking a key part of the schools ecosystem. "Five hundred failing governing boards identified by Ofsted this year" is how the latest broadside from the chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, starts.

Ofsted warns of 'serious concerns' at 17 independent faith schools

by TES, November 25, 2015

Seventeen out of 22 faith schools previously inspected by the now defunct Bridge School Inspectorate (BSI) have been rated inadequate or requires improvement by Ofsted. Inspectors found some schools were failing to promote "fundamental British values", while one failed to ensure pupils were receptive to other people's beliefs.

‘I have been through 25 separate inspections’: An Ofsted survivor on why something has to be done about the inspectorate

by TES, November 25, 2015

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, says she is in an ideal position to understand what is wrong with Ofsted’s regime. I am a survivor of more than 25 Ofsted inspections. Working in three universities for more than 12 years, latterly as head of the school of education at Kingston University, I toiled under a punishing inspection regime.

Fees at British public universities more expensive than US

by Financial Times, November 24, 2015

Britain has the world’s most expensive public university tuition fees, surpassing the average in US equivalent institutions.

UK academy chain becomes the first to sponsor a school abroad

by TES, November 24, 2015

One of the UK’s leading academy chains has become the first to sponsor a branch abroad. Ark, which runs 34 schools in England, hopes its primary school in South Delhi, India, will become part of a network of schools across the area. Lajpat-Nagar III Primary School has been set up thanks to a partnership with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the local government, and is free to attend.

A fifth of private school pupils rely on grandparents to pay fees, survey reveals

by TES, November 24, 2015

One in five pupils attending independent schools is relying on their grandparents to pay the fees, research suggests. A survey of 724 parents who have sent or are planning to send their children to private school finds that 19 per cent are using funds from the child’s grandparents to cover the costs.

'To improve the mental health of young people, we should start by tackling stress among teachers'

by TES, November 24, 2015

There is a danger that the stress experienced by school staff could be passed on to their students, writes one mental health expert
Some things, it is said, cannot be taught. I actually happen to believe that most things can be taught, or at least enhanced through the act of teaching, but it would be better if some things didn’t need to be.

‘Just another instance of the private sector making a killing from reforms to the exams system’

by TES, November 24, 2015

One teacher calculates that he could take a return flight to a European city and still have more than £100 spending money for the same price as one day’s CPD
I recently got involved in an unseemly brawl with a professional development trainer. It was a mistake. The external trainer proved to have all the ripped muscularity of a personal trainer at the gym – just without any of the flexibility. I was struggling, unsuccessfully, to get a “deal” on the rather daunting £260 price they were asking teachers or their schools to pay to attend a course about two additional elements in a new A-level syllabus.

Sixth form girls 'far more anxious' about career prospects than boys

by TES, November 24, 2015

Sixth-form girls are far more anxious than boys about their ability to land a good job, which can affect the types of career they go into, research from Oxford University has found. Students of both sexes in Years 12 and 13 already believe that men are better paid and have better prospects in the world of work, the survey of nearly 4,000 sixth-formers in a range of schools also reveals.

Teacher pay in England and Scotland is 'going backwards', OECD warns Helen Ward

by BBC News, November 24, 2015

Teachers’ salaries in England are now so low they risk making teaching an unattractive profession, warns an influential international report on education published today.
In England, primary teachers earn 75 per cent of what similarly educated professionals can expect while secondary teachers are paid 82 per cent of the salary of a similarly educated worker, a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals.

Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula

by BBC News, November 24, 2015

Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement.
Change will begin in 2017-18 after consultation on the details, which could happen in early 2016, George Osborne is likely to say on Wednesday.

Labour proposes 'deprived pupil' fund

by BBC News, November 24, 2015

Head teachers would be given £1,000 for every pupil from a deprived background and the discretion over how to spend it under new Scottish Labour proposals.
The party said head teachers were the best people to make decisions about the education needs of deprived pupils.

Highland Council offices and schools could close early

by BBC News, November 24, 2015

All Highland Council offices and schools could be closed from lunchtime on Fridays under proposals aimed at saving the local authority money.
Views have been sought from the public on the plan and other ideas to help the council tackle a potential funding gap of more than £21m next year.

Teachers work 'longer classroom hours'

by BBC, November 24, 2015

Teachers in England and Scotland have more teaching hours and bigger primary classes than in most other developed countries, according to an OECD annual education report. The think tank says teachers' pay has declined in real terms. The report also shows students in public higher education institutions in England pay the highest tuition fees.
But the OECD says high fees are accompanied by the highest levels of student support.


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