Education

Head resigns over school funding crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The spending watchdog says schools will have to find £3bn in budget cuts A head teacher has resigned in protest over the school funding crisis, telling parents she had not gone into teaching to cut the number of teachers or increase class sizes. Mary Sandell, head of the Forest […]

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Pupils to sit times tables check from 2019

Image copyright PA Image caption Pupils will take the test at the end of primary school Pupils in England will sit a times tables check, from 2019, at the end of their primary years, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed. Multiplication was a “very important” part of a child’s mathematics knowledge, Mr Gibb said. Plans […]

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Prince Harry praises teacher 'compassion'

Media captionPrince Harry: The best teachers go beyond text books Prince Harry says the best teachers should go beyond academic lessons and teach about “resilience and compassion”. His comments accompanied the announcement of the top 10 shortlist for this year’s Global Teacher Prize. “We will all face setbacks and challenges,” said Prince Harry, but teachers […]

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NICE advice to look for 'soft' signs of child abuse

Image copyright Thinkstock Teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals should look for “soft” signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidelines suggest. Signs may include excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, recurrent nightmares or over-friendliness towards strangers. The draft guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and […]

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Academic selection: Policy group criticises 'negative impact'

A policy group run by the Department of Education (DE) has criticised the impact of academic selection. The department’s strategic planning and policy development forum also criticised a number of the department’s policies for promoting inclusion. Academic selection concentrated “lower-achieving pupils, often from socially deprived areas, into a small group of 11-16 schools”, the report […]

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'Firmer grip' needed on education improvement grants

Image copyright Thinkstock There has been a lack of effective monitoring of a grant designed to help some of lowest achieving children in Wales, the assembly’s influential education committee has warned. The Welsh Government needs a “firmer grip” of the Education Improvement Grant (EIG), it said. It focused on the support for Gypsy, Roma and […]

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Watchdog to pursue essay-cheat websites

Image copyright iStock Image caption Who is really writing the essays? The universities watchdog is being asked to pursue websites advertising essay-writing services for students. Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he wanted “tough action” against the spread of plagiarism and the commercial industry it has spawned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) said hundreds of “essay […]

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Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

Image copyright iStock Image caption MPs say recruitment targets for teacher training have been consistently missed The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle “significant teacher shortages” in England, a committee of MPs has said. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan, as schools struggle to recruit enough teachers and […]