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News Items From October 2011

Welcome to the news section of our website where you will find news stories which we hope will be of interest to you. Below you will find the latest news entries but if you would like to look back further, please feel free to search our news archive.

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Ofsted begins consultation into teacher training inspections

Education watchdog wants to change framework in which ITE inspections take place, including cutting the inspection notice time to 3 weeks...

Posted on 31/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Review into early years teacher training announced

An independent review of training and qualification provisions for early years teachers and carers has been announced by the DfE...

Posted on 31/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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School league tables face shake-up

The Department for Education has announced a shake-up of school performance tables that will see many vocational qualifications removed from the system...

Posted on 28/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Acclaimed head teacher got pupils out of bed for maths revision

A school set to be awarded the most improved in the country resorted to getting its pupils out of bed during the holidays and bringing them into maths revision classes in the school minibus...

Posted on 27/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Number of students caught cheating in exams falls

Figures released by Examinations watchdog Ofqual reveal that the number of students found cheating in GCSE and A-level exams fell by 11 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010 numbers...

Posted on 27/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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European study indicates demand for primary school teachers in UK

Research by EU body Eurostat has found that on average in the UK there are 19.9 primary school pupils per teacher, the highest number across the EU...

Posted on 26/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Free courses offered to improve teachers' Welsh

A programme to improve teachers' Welsh language will offer free courses throughout Wales...

Posted on 26/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Annual awards celebrating teachers and schools broadcast on BBC2

BBC2 is set to broadcast the 'Oscars for teachers' on Sunday when the 2011 Pearson Teaching Awards are held in Cambridge...

Posted on 25/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh favour a return to league tables, poll shows

A poll of Welsh citizens has found over half favour a return to school league tables, despite the recent implementation of a 'banding' system which arranges schools into quality groups...

Posted on 24/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted launches parents' online school survey

The schools watchdog has announced that the Parent View website, which allows parents to comment on their children's school, is now up and running...

Posted on 21/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Research finds sleep affects teenagers' maths results

A study of almost 600 teenagers by researchers in Spain has found a link between pupils' sleep patterns and their performance in maths...

Posted on 21/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Outstanding head publishes behaviour checklist for teachers

A checklist written by the government's expert behaviour adviser aimed at helping teachers improve classroom discipline has been published on the DfE website...

Posted on 19/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Report into science teaching published by Ofsted

Schools watchdog Ofsted has published a report that identifies what secondary teachers, schools and colleges are doing to provide high-quality science teaching...

Posted on 19/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Primary school teacher wins Contribution to School Sport award

A primary school PE teacher in South Derbyshire has been awarded an prestigious accolade for his contribution to school sport...

Posted on 14/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Maths A-level grades still inflating

Durham University professor tells Ofqual conference that A-level maths exam results have been inflating for over 20 years...

Posted on 14/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students want more say in sex education

A survey of 14 to 18-year-olds by a youth sexual healthy charity has revealed that the majority of pupils would like more input into the content of SRE lessons...

Posted on 13/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Lord calls on universities to help state school science lessons

Speaking to the HMC last week Lord Winston called on universities to share the responsibility of improving state schools' practical science education...

Posted on 12/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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English pupils reading ability behind Chinese

A study by the Department for Education has revealed that English 15-year-olds are behind their counterparts in Shanghai, Finland and South Korea...

Posted on 12/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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79 New Free Schools and UTCs to open

People looking for teaching jobs may like to hear that the DfE has announced 79 new Free Schools and UTCs are set to open as of next September...

Posted on 11/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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UN warns of global teacher shortage

A report by Unesco claims that a global shortage of people qualified to fill teaching vacancies could scupper chances of achieving universal primary education...

Posted on 10/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Post-16 GCSE re-sit plans for "near miss" students

The DfE has announced an overhaul of post-16 education which includes proposals to make students who narrowly miss a C grade in core subject re-take the exams...

Posted on 07/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teaching knowledge "absolutely essential"

A controversial teacher told the Conservative Party in a speech at its annual conference that not enough weight is placed on the teaching of knowledge...

Posted on 06/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove celebrates growing number of Academies

Education secretary Michael Gove has praised the Academies programme with news that almost 1.2 million children now taught in the schools...

Posted on 05/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teach languages from age 5, education secretary says

In a boost to primary school language teaching jobs, education secretary Michael Gove has said that he wants languages taught from the age of 5 ...

Posted on 04/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Former Ofsted chief: School leaving age should be 14

Former chief of Ofsted Sir Chris Woodhead has said the school leaving age should be cut to 14 to prevent forcing education on non-academic students while allowing for vocational courses...

Posted on 03/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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