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School pupils 'don't have enough science equipment'

by BBC News, November 12, 2014

School pupils are not being given the science equipment they need, according to a group of professional bodies.

The group claimed the amount of money being spent on science teaching in Scotland is 25% less than in England.

Teachers in 85 primary and secondary schools took part in a study for the Learned Societies' Group (LSG) on Scottish Science Education.

Free childcare scheme faces funding 'crisis', charity claims

by BBC News, November 12, 2014

The government's free childcare scheme is facing "chronic underfunding", according to a report commissioned by the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Local authorities currently receive money from the government to pay for up to 15 hours of free childcare a week.

But the report suggests this funding is only enough to cover four out of every five children taking up the offer.

Diversity 'key to London GCSE success'

by BBC News, November 12, 2014

The high success rate enjoyed by GCSE students in London is explained by the higher proportion of ethnic minority pupils in the capital, research finds.

The report says the capital's diversity plays a key role in the "London effect" - a term used to describe the high levels of success among its pupils.

It says London has a low rate of the lowest performing group: white British.

Morgan backs ‘royal college’ for teachers

by The Times, November 11, 2014

Plans for a new professional body to support training courses for teachers and speak out on school standards are to be given funding by the Department for Education.
The College of Teaching, which would work on similar lines to the royal colleges for surgeons and other professionals, will be offered start-up funding by Nicky Morgan, the education secretary.

New grammar school gets go-ahead from Kent county council

by The Times, November 11, 2014

Plans for the first new grammar school in more than 20 years have been revived by England’s largest selective education authority.
Kent county council has supported a bid for a selective school in Sevenoaks that would be a satellite of Weald of Kent grammar school in Tonbridge, nine miles away, and would admit 90 pupils a year.
Planning permission has been granted for the site and Kent has up to £16 million to build the campus.

Stop studying arts if you want a good job, minister says

by The Times, November 11, 2014

Too many teenagers choose to study arts and humanities subjects at A level in a mistaken belief that such subjects are the best way to keep their career options open, the education secretary said yesterday.
However, Nicky Morgan urged young people without a clear idea of their career to study mathematics or the sciences instead as the best way to position themselves for the way the economy was changing.

£17,000 course helps managers to deliver better public service

by The Times, November 11, 2014

Public sector managers are to be sent on a £17,000 course to learn the principle of “leanness” that transformed Japan’s postwar economy.
A ruthless focus on value for the customer and eradicating unproductive activity will be imported to the UK under the plan.
The philosophy will be at the heart of Britain’s first degree in public service reform, when it is launched by the University of Buckingham next year.

Boris Johnson gives backing to grammar schools

by Guardian, November 11, 2014

Classified as 11 Plus.

Boris Johnson has become the latest senior Tory to support selective education, giving his backing to grammar schools during his LBC Radio phone-in.

The London mayor, who is poised to return to Westminster after being selected as the Conservative party candidate at the next election for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, described the decision to scrap grammar schools as “a real tragedy for this country”. “I think they are a very important part of the mix in our educational system. I think that they work very well in many areas and they should be supported,” he said.

New bid for Sevenoaks grammar school annexe

by BBC News, November 11, 2014

A new attempt is being made to expand a grammar school in Kent a year after a similar proposal was turned down.

Weald of Kent girls' grammar school in Tonbridge wants to run an annexe in Sevenoaks.

Earlier bids to run mixed grammar school annexes on the same site were turned down by the Department for Education (DfE).

The county council said it believed the new bid to expand the girls' school complied with regulations.

The law forbids the opening of new grammar schools, but changes made by the coalition government in 2012 enable enlargement of existing schools.

Loans to trainee teachers unlikely to be recouped

by Times Higher Education, November 10, 2014

A typical teacher from a postgraduate training route will not even begin to pay back their tuition fee loan, raising questions about the structure of student finance for initial teacher training.

This is according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which found that the cost to the government of each trainee teacher can vary by more than £30,000, depending on their route into the profession.

On some undergraduate initial teacher training courses the cost is as little as £10,000, while for those taking the School Direct (unsalaried) route for trainees in high-priority subjects such as maths and physics, that cost can rise to £42,000.

Teachers awarded £200,000 in payouts after vicious attacks by pupils

by Daily Mail, November 10, 2014

Teachers who have been attacked by their own pupils were handed more than £200,000 in payouts last year.
There were 17 incidents in 2013, which involved punching, biting and headbutting, and led to councils across the country paying teachers compensation.
The Sun on Sunday revealed a Dorset teacher received £43,000 after suffering injuries inflicted by a student.
One female teacher was handed £3,000 after a pupil bit her on the head in Croydon, south London.
Another teacher received £3,500 after being hit by glass that was thrown by a student.

Nicky Morgan backs plans for new 'College of Teaching'

by Telegraph, November 10, 2014

The Education Secretary is backing major proposals for a new “College of Teaching” as part of reforms designed to drive up standards in the classroom.
Nicky Morgan is set to announce a funding package aimed at setting up the new body, which will provide training, carry out research and set professional standards for teachers.
It is hoped that the organisation will be seen as an education equivalent of similar bodies in the medical profession such as the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.

No wonder private school numbers are rising

by Telegraph, November 10, 2014

A new report has revealed the number of pupils at private schools is rising at its fastest rate since 2008. Boarding School Beak isn't surprised in the slightest

A report from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers reveals the number of pupils at private schools is rising at its fastest rate since the financial crash of 2008. All this, despite those well-publicised fee hikes.
I’m not surprised in the slightest. Demand for private schools is still massive, in my view. Indeed opinion polls consistently show that the majority of parents would educate their children privately, if they could afford to.

Cambridge AS-level policy 'could push students to Oxford'

by Telegraph, November 10, 2014

Leading private schools accuse Cambridge University of sending out a "deeply depressing signal" after it wrote to teachers, urging them to retain AS-level exams

Cambridge University is facing a backlash from leading private schools amid claims its policy on A-levels will damage pupils’ education and push students towards Oxford.
The university was accused of sending a “deeply depressing signal” to schools after calling on teenagers to take three or four AS-level exams to get in to the ancient institution

Teenagers turned off 'difficult' subjects such as science

by Telegraph, November 10, 2014

Companies are being starved of highly-skilled workers because teenagers believe vital subjects such as science and maths are too hard, according to business leaders.
The UK is not producing enough graduates and top-level apprentices in disciplines that are seen as important to economic growth, it is claimed.
In a letter to the Telegraph, major employers such as BAE System, Shell, Nestlé, Carillion and Ford said a “fundamental misperception persists” that practical subjects are too difficult and “not relevant” for the majority of school leavers.

Nicky Morgan: pupils 'held back' by overemphasis on arts

by Telegraph, November 10, 2014

Schoolchildren who focus exclusively on arts and humanities-style subjects risk restricting their future career path, the Education Secretary has warned.
Disciplines such as the sciences and maths open more doors for pupils than many subjects traditionally favoured by academic all-rounders, according to Nicky Morgan.
She said too many young people were still making GCSE and A-level choices at school that held them back for the rest of their life.

I improved my school by recruiting unemployed graduates

by Guardian, November 10, 2014

Headteacher Tracey Hemming discusses how on-the-job experience for graduates solved her recruitment crisis and boosted grades
Five years ago two struggling schools in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, joined to form an academy. Both schools had a history of being in special measures and faced many challenges working in a deprived part of Britain where the number of people with special educational needs (SEN) is well above the national average.

The schools became Clacton Coastal Academy, which today accommodates 1,700 students, more than half of whom receive pupil premium. High unemployment levels mean that the population is fluid and only 75% of students attend the school all the way through, from years 7 to 11.

Six Russell Group universities reject government loans for postgrad study

by Guardian, November 10, 2014

A consortium representing six of the country’s top universities has urged the government not to adopt a state-backed loan system as a solution to the social mobility crisis in postgraduate education.

A recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) outlined a “workable and affordable” model where postgraduate students could borrow £10,000 to cover the cost of tuition. This would be paid back at 9% of earnings between £15,000-£21,000.

Science careers not 'the preserve of men'

by BBC News, November 10, 2014

Teenaged girls must not be allowed to feel that maths and science subjects are "the preserve of men", says England's Education Secretary.

Nicky Morgan says only by tackling "tired stereotypes" about science careers will the gender pay gap between men and women be "eliminated".

She highlighted that fewer than one in five girls who get an A* in physics GCSE go on to study it at A-level.

Ms Morgan is backing a campaign to boost the take-up of science A-levels.

Grammar school guilt: Make selective education fairer

by Independent, November 9, 2014

Classified as 11 Plus.

As a former grammar school girl, my own feelings about them are difficult to decode - but 'guilty gratitude' is close
I'm picturing what it would be like to go to school with Home Secretary Theresa May. Theresa (or Treez as we'd call her) and I queuing up in the school canteen, admiring the Radiohead lyrics I've etched on to my desk with a compass – and look! There's T-Ma and me leading the netball A-team to victory. Aside from the obvious – I am many, many, many years younger than Theresa May – this scenario is just about conceivable because we both benefited from a similar sort of education: we were both grammar school girls.
Theresa must have particularly fond memories of her time at Holton Park Girls' Grammar School in Oxfordshire, because last week she controversially backed plans to open a "satellite" selective school in her Maidenhead constituency. Although it's attached to an existing grammar school, this would effectively be the first new state-funded selective school in a generation. Many have interpreted her support as signalling a change in government policy towards selection in education.


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