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TES at Bett 2016: Free digital special edition and live seminar programme

by TES, January 19, 2016

Are you attending Bett 2016? If so, visit our stand, download our special digital edition and take part in one of our free seminars. All the info you need is here
How can you make homework a happy experience? How do you handle a challenging class? How do you produce teaching resources that are the envy of your colleagues?
These questions – and more – will be answered in a series of TES-organised seminars, to be held at Bett, the world’s leading education-technology fair, this month. TES is the global knowledge partner for the event and will be organising a live newsroom and publishing a free daily digital edition especially for delegates.

Mentoring network set up to help more women break into headship

by TES, January 16, 2016

A new mentoring network to help female teachers become heads is being set up by the Leading Women’s Alliance. The initiative was one of the practical steps discussed at a conference in London today as a way of tackling the gender disparity at the top of education – 74 per cent of classroom teachers are women but only 65 per cent of heads are female, and a recent analysis found that when they do make the move into headship, women get smaller pay rises than men.

Wealthy children more than a year ahead when they start school

by TES, January 16, 2016

Children from the wealthiest parts of Scotland are already 14 months ahead of their peers from poorer neighbourhoods when they start school, according to research involving almost 20,000 children. The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (Pips) figures on P1 children, who usually start aged 5, also shows that progress in school over that year varies widely depending on which school a child goes to, by as much as 12 months for reading and 14 months for maths.

Nick Clegg: 'Quality of teachers is important factor'

by BBC, January 15, 2016

A study suggests that where children grow up in England has an increasing impact on how well they do at school.
The Social Market Foundation examined test results and found that regional differences have become much greater.
Pupils' results are highest in London and lowest in Yorkshire and Humber.

New Oxford vice-chancellor urges 'open-minded' students

by BBC, January 15, 2016

The first female vice chancellor of Oxford University has called on students to be open minded and engage with "objectionable" ideas.
Louise Richardson was formally installed at a meeting of the university's ruling body at the Sheldonian Theatre.
"In an increasingly complex world the best may not be those who look and sound like ourselves," she said.

Nicola Roberts calls for better mental health education in schools

by BBC News, January 15, 2016

Singer and former Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts joined the BBC's This Week to talk about mental health. In a discussion with Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Jess Phillips, she said the "huge" issue was not promoted enough in schools, saying better education would lead to less bullying of young people."We’re taught about how our bodies work, how our hearts work, but there’s nothing about the brain," she added.

Politicians, stop squabbling about education and agree a long-term plan

by Guardian, January 15, 2016

Tommy is shouting at Jonny that the mobile phone is his, and he wants it back. Jonny is insisting, just as loudly, that it is his and he won’t be giving it back. Both of them have their hands on the phone, attempting to prise it from the other. The outcome is inevitable: pieces of phone fly across the playground, while insults and accusations about whose fault the whole sorry affair is waft down the corridors.

Fragmented school places system 'harms children'

by BBC, January 15, 2016

The system for creating new school places in England is fragmented and confusing, risking harm to children's education, head teachers have warned.
Lack of cohesive local planning means new schools are not always opened where there is most need, says the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
The warning comes on the final day for parents to submit this year's applications to primary schools.

More than half a million primary pupils taught in 'supersize' classes, Labour warns

by TES, January 15, 2016

More than half a million primary children in England are being taught in supersize classes, the Labour party has claimed. The analysis of official government figures, which shows that hundreds of thousands of pupils are being taught in one-teacher classes of more than 30 children, comes on the deadline day for parents to submit applications for children starting primary school.

Female headteachers get smaller pay rises than men

by TES, January 15, 2016

Female teachers still find it harder to make the final leap to headship, and at secondary level they face a smaller pay rise if they do, new analysis reveals today.
One leading unionist said that the study, based on teachers working full-time, provided evidence of the “pernicious glass ceiling” that women can encounter in their careers.

Parenting not schools has the biggest impact on student outcomes, so why are teachers blamed for results

by TES, January 15, 2016

And what we should do about it? One former history teacher looks at a very real difficulty faced by schools every day. The most significant challenge that every school in this country now faces is to bridge the educational attainment gap between the “haves” and “the have nots”; to ensure the achievement of disadvantaged students equals or even exceeds that of their more affluent peers. The government has made this one of its top priorities, throwing a large part of the education budget at it.

Abolish academy funding agreements, thinktank says Adi Bloom And Eleanor Busby

by TES, January 15, 2016

Academies’ funding agreements are inconsistent and bureaucratic, and risk tying individual schools to poorly performing chains, according to a leading thinktank.
Ministers should dramatically reform the way in which academies are governed, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has argued.

Exclusive: schools not taking full advantage of technology, YouGov poll reveals

by TES, January 15, 2016

More than half of heads do not believe that their school takes full advantage of the benefits of technology, new research shows.
A YouGov survey on behalf of TES reveals that 54 per cent of heads believe that their school could do more to utilise technology.
The concern is echoed more widely among senior leaders, with 51 per cent of assistant heads and 52 per cent of other leaders saying that not enough is made of ed tech in school.

Students come up with three ideas for inventions every day, research suggests

by TES, January 14, 2016

Teenagers come up with three ideas for new inventions every day, on average, but many feel unsupported in making them become a reality, a report finds.
Research by the government-backed Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the uptake of maths and physics A levels, finds that 91 per cent of young people came up with ideas and inventions every day.

From the editor: 'Stop typecasting teachers as technophobes'

by TES, January 14, 2016

Silicon Valley often likes to portray teachers as Luddites, lumbering slowly from blackboard to whiteboard. It is their conservative and fearful attitude to technology, so the argument goes, that is stopping pupils from accessing the wondrous digital world that could transform learning. That is, of course, complete nonsense. Teachers are not, by and large, resistant to technology. What they are, however, is immensely practical – as they are with any potentially useful teaching resources that they can get their hands on, whether they be cardboard and glitter or video clips and Raspberry Pis.

The increasing reliance on external assessment at all stages points to the fact that teachers are simply not trusted by the government

by TES, January 14, 2016

And this is the main reason school staff should grab with both hands the opportunities presented by the abolition of levels, writes a leading educationist
The removal of national curriculum levels has caused a remarkable stir in education. The government justification was to give schools greater freedom to design their own assessment systems against the new national curriculum. Levels were inadequate and their flaws have been well articulated elsewhere. So given that teachers have claimed for years that they are best-placed to determine what works for assessment, this should have been a move welcomed and eagerly anticipated by the teaching profession.

'It’s impossible to teach for the children now – we teach only to tick boxes'

by TES, January 14, 2016

I'm in my sixth year of teaching and I still feel the same about being in the classroom. I enjoy building relationships with children over the year, knowing that having you in their lives gives them a stable, consistent figure that they may not have at home. I love the process of building them into respectful, polite young people who have aspirations to succeed despite their background. I get a sense of enormous satisfaction from teaching them academic foundation skills that they can go on to develop further. It’s all about the child, and that’s why I got into the job.

‘Forget league tables, targets and tests – teachers and schools know that our real accountability is to our pupils and communities’

by TES, January 14, 2016

Those who hold the levers of power have lost sight of what really matters in education, writes a leading headteacher. The new term seems to have encouraged a greater-than-usual tsunami of junk emails from firms offering educational services. Occasionally, taking control of my inbox, I click on the “unsubscribe” link. Some respond courteously: “You are now unsubscribed from Education."

Part-time student numbers at new low

by BBC, January 14, 2016

Numbers of part-time students starting degrees at UK universities have hit a new low, figures suggest.The number of first-year students studying part time in 2014-15 fell by 6% on the previous year, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Why is your child’s education only worth the price of a film ticket?

by Worthing Herald, January 14, 2016

HEAD TEACHERS have dismissed additional school funding received from the government as “simply not good enough”. Inequalities in the education funding system have seen West Sussex floundering near the bottom of the cash pile, with the lack of money leaving schools unable to hire specialist teachers or buy basic equipment such as books and pens.