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'The transformation into an academy isn't burdensome for colleges'

by TES, January 20, 2017

Hereford Sixth-Form College is set to become the first college academy converter within weeks. Here principal Jonathan Godfrey reflects on academisation
The announcement made by George Osborne in 2015, allowing sixth-form colleges to become academies and thus eligible to reclaim VAT, was the culmination of a long "Drop the Learning Tax" campaign by the Sixth-Form Colleges' Association. It is no surprise that a significant number of sixth-form colleges are considering this, given the significant financial benefit. This is not to say that the issue of the wholly unjustifiable 20 per cent funding gap between the post-16 sector and other phases of education has been resolved.

Parents shell out thousands on private tutors

by ITV News, January 20, 2017

Business is booming for private tutors in Essex and Hertfordshire as parents try to get their kids into grammar schools.

According to one tutor, parents are shelling out thousands of pounds a year to help their youngsters pass the 11 plus.

Critics claim the system only benefits children from more privileged backgrounds.

Secondary school league tables 2016: Grammar school children excel while comprehensives fall behind, figures show

by Telegraph, January 19, 2017

Classified as 11 Plus.

Grammar schools allow children to achieve their potential, new Government figures reveal, while the brightest 150,000 state school children do not excel at comprehensives.

Official data released by the Department for Education (DfE) shows that 94 per cent of children at grammar schools have made good progress by the time they are 16, compared to less than half (49 per cent) of students at non-selective schools.

The figures will come as a boost for Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to overturn the ban on grammar schools imposed by Labour some 20 years ago.

Every single Kent secondary school ranked by GCSE results in 2016

by Kent Llive, January 19, 2017

Classified as 11 Plus.

Tonbridge Grammar School was the best performing school in Kent in 2016 - and one of the best performers in England - according to analysis of its GCSE results.

Trinity Mirror's data unit has crunched the numbers and found the grammar school came out on top in the county - and also 7th in the country - based on its Attainment 8 performance, with an average score per pupil of 76.7. This is roughly equivalent to an A* grade for each of the eight subjects included.

Pupils at the school are making good progress, with a positive Progress 8 measure of 0.75. Overall, 95% of pupils passed the English Baccalaureate, with 100% gaining an A* to C grade in both English and Maths.

Grammar schools: a toxic policy or will they benefit pupils?

by ITV, January 19, 2017

Classified as 11 Plus.

A toxic policy or one that will benefit pupils?

A headteacher from Cambridgeshire has described the government's plan to open more grammar schools as a toxic policy that won't help pupils from poorer backgrounds. Robert Campbell the Executive Principal of Impington Village College says instead, there needs to be more investment to provide greater schools for all.

The Education Secretary has indicated she will press ahead with the controversial plans in the face of stiff opposition.

GCSE and A Level tables: Results for every London state and independent school

by Evening Standard, January 19, 2017

These league tables show the results of GCSEs and A-levels taken by pupils in 2016.

For GCSEs and A Levels the boroughs of London are listed alphabetically. You may find it easier to use the Find function to locate the school or borough you are interested in.

Schools in each area, including both state and most independents, are ranked according to the percentage of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades including English and maths in their GCSEs. This measure is historically seen as the standard way of ranking schools and the benchmark expected by employers. These scores are shown in the second column. Ties are broken by the number of pupils who took the exams, shown in the first column.

GCSE results league table - how did your local school do? Type in the name to find out

by Mirror, January 19, 2017

In a victory for the state school system, all of the top ten are Academy status apart from one independent school which came in at second place

MirrorOnline can today reveal the best performing schools in England based on GCSE results - and gives you the chance to check how your local schools did.

The Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet has come out on top as the best performing school in England last year - with an average Attainment 8 score per pupil of 78.5.

This means that pupils at the school were averaging 7.8 points per subject - almost an A .

The high-flying school also achieved a positive Progress 8 measure of 0.55 - meaning pupils did even better than expected in the subjects that were counted towards their Attainment 8 scores.

League tables: New targets see 282 secondaries underperforming

by BBC, January 19, 2017

A total of 282 secondary schools in England are deemed to be failing by the government, as they have not met a new set of national standards.
From this year, schools are being judged by new measures, which take greater account of pupil progress and their basic ability than raw results.
The Department for Education says the measures present a clearer picture of how well schools are performing.
Head teachers say the results come amid a funding and recruitment crisis.

Bomb teams sent to schools 600 times in chemical alert

by BBC, January 19, 2017

Bomb disposal teams were called out to almost 600 schools in the wake of government advice about a potentially hazardous chemical.
The warning about stocks of 2,4 dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) sparked a flurry of calls to the Army, which carried out hundreds of explosions.
The Department for Education (DfE) said it worked with the Army to support schools with "necessary disposals".
Some schools were criticised for not warning the public about the blasts.
The controlled explosions were carried out between 21 October and 21 December 2016 after schools were advised to check the chemical by the government advisory science service CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services).

New school league tables system 'better and fairer way'

by ITV, January 19, 2017

A new style of secondary school league tables has been published. The government says it's a better and fairer way to judge schools - looking at the amount of progress students make - rather than how many pupils got good grades in subjects like Maths and English.

Do parents understand new GCSE performance tables?
A new style of secondary school league tables were published today. The government says it's a better and fairer way to judge schools - looking at the amount of progress students make - rather than how many pupils got five good grades including English and Maths.

Progress 8: five things you need to know about today's league tables

by TES, January 19, 2017

The key points from the key stage 4 performance tables revealed
The government has this morning released the final key stage 4 figures and performance tables based on the summer's GCSE results. Schools are now judged against a new Progress 8 measure, rather than the proportion of pupils that achieve five A* to C at GCSE.

Here are some key points revealed in the new statistics:

1. North-west England has the most underperforming schools
One in six secondary schools in the North West of England is underperforming, figures show.

The region has the highest proportion of pupils attending secondaries that are below the floor and/or are coasting, with 13.1 per cent of its young people being taught in schools that are considered not good enough, according to Press Association analysis.

Grammar heads complain their advantaged pupils will miss out on funding

by TES, January 19, 2017

Classified as 11 Plus.

Secondaries will have "vested interest" in "incompetent" feeder schools, it is also claimed during Westminster debate
Grammar schools are complaining that they will lose out in the planned national funding formula due to their relatively advantaged intake, MPs were told yesterday.

During a House of Commons debate yesterday, Conservative MP Oliver Colvile said grammar schools in his constituency had written to him with concerns that they would miss out on funding "due to the deprivation issue" meaning they "do not get as good a deal as possible".

Under the national funding formula, out for consultation, pupils eligible for free school meals or who live in deprived areas would attract extra funding.

Why making languages non-compulsory at GCSE is a step backwards

by Telegraph, January 18, 2017

I am nervous as I take my seat in front of the Head of Languages; it is GCSE choices evening and the school gym has been transformed, criss-crossed by rows of tables and chairs with eager parents and their offspring gathered around harried-looking teachers.

“I'd like to do Triple Language,” I say, “French, Spanish and Italian.”

She regards me over the top of her sheet full of names, in front of her.

“Oh no, I don't think so. You could do Spanish, maybe, but you'll find three too difficult.”

Social mobility programme for disadvantaged children set for expansion

by BT News, January 18, 2017

A social mobility programme will be expanded to target more areas where youngsters are failing to achieve their potential, the Education Secretary will announce.

A social mobility programme will be expanded to target more areas where youngsters are failing to achieve their potential, the Education Secretary will announce.

Improving opportunities for schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds will help Britain succeed once it has quit the European Union, Justine Greening will say.

In a speech at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Cabinet minister will insist all pupils must be given the chance to use their talents as the country looks for an "ambitious new role" in the world.

Teachers face £3,000 real terms pay cut by 2020

by TES, January 18, 2017

Teacher pay: State school teachers face a real terms salary cut of more than £3,000 by the end of the decade, according to new research by the TUC.
The TUC’s analysis found that teachers and other public sector workers will experience a 9.3 per cent real terms pay cut if the government sticks to its current pay cap and if inflation is as forecast.

The government has said it will limit public sector pay awards to 1 per cent a year to 2019-20.

The TUC’s research charts this pay growth for a range of public sector jobs with given pay levels against the Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest inflation forecast.

'Schools cannot change the curriculum every time there’s a change of minister or policy'

by TES, January 18, 2017

Ministers need to stop meddling in curriculum and assessment and allow a school-led, self-improving approach, says one candidate to be ASCL general secretary
The EBacc response is likely to be the spring/summer 2017: it is taking more time because of the high number of responses received by the Department for Education (DfE).

Among the flurry of new year news, it was easy to miss this important story from TES reporter Eleanor Busby. I was working with a group of school leaders in the south of England when the news broke, and it was about as welcome as a short notice inspection phone call.

Private school children are tougher than their state educated peers, study finds

by Telegraph, January 18, 2017

Private school children are tougher than their state educated counterparts, a study has found.

New research commissioned by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) found that pupils at fee-paying schools are more controlled, committed and confident than those who went to state schools.

The study, titled An Analysis of Mental Toughness at UK Independent Schools, involved 9,000 pupils of all ages from 58 schools in England and Scotland. It measured four categories: control, commitment, challenge and confidence.

Jobless total falls to lowest since early 2006

by BT , January 18, 2017

Unemployment has plunged to its lowest total for more than a decade, but the number of people in work has also fallen.

The jobless total was 1.6 million in the quarter to November, down by 52,000 on the previous three months to its lowest since early 2006.

The UK now has one of the lowest jobless rates in Europe at 4.8%, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics showed.

Teachers at 800 schools on half-day strike over pay

by ITV, January 18, 2017

Teachers from hundreds of schools across Northern Ireland are striking on Wednesday morning over a pay dispute.

Teachers are calling for a cost of living increase for 2015/2016.

Talks have been ongoing between the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO), the Employing Authorities and Department of Education, but, when talks failed before Christmas, INTO members were balloted with an overwhelming majority voting in favour of strike action.

The union says the strike action is the first in a series of planned stoppages.

INTO teachers stage half-day strike over pay dispute

by BBC, January 18, 2017

Teachers belonging to the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) are staging a half-day strike in a dispute over pay.
About 7,000 INTO members in some 800 schools across Northern Ireland will not start work until 12:30 GMT.
Some schools are closed for the morning, others the entire day, while schools with relatively few INTO members are operating as normal.
Schools have informed parents and pupils of any potential disruption.
Education Minister Peter Weir previously said he was "disappointed" by the move, adding that it was not in "the interests of the children, schools or teachers themselves".

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