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News Items From December 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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UK Space Agency launches teacher training academy

A teacher training programme – the National Space Academy – is to be launched by the UK Space Agency in February 2012 in a bid to train teachers to use space as a context to improve STEM lessons...

Posted on 19/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Secondary teachers learn of GCSE reforms

Ofqual and the Department for Education have announced reforms to the GCSE examinations system which effectively end modular exams in a bid to cut 'teaching to the test'...

Posted on 16/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted urges ICT teachers to challenge their students

A report into ICT education published by Ofsted has said those in ICT teaching jobs should give their pupils more of a challenge...

Posted on 15/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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National Scholarship Fund awards hundreds of teachers

Nearly 700 people in teaching jobs were awarded scholarships of up to £3,500 as part of the new National Scholarship Fund which aims to help teachers develop their skills and subject knowledge...

Posted on 14/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Review team proposes recognition of 'Master Teachers'

Great teachers would be recognised as 'Master Teachers' under a new standard recommended in an independent review commissioned by the government...

Posted on 13/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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School budgets get boost with widened pupil premium

Around 500,000 extra children will become eligible for the £488 pupil premium when the government widens availability to the scheme...

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

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Gibb: Phonics the 'proven method' to improve reading ability

Schools minister Nick Gibb has said that using phonics to teach reading is the best way to improve the reading ability in the 20 per cent of children who do not meet expectations ...

Posted on 09/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Study shows success of Reading Recovery programme

A European study has highlighted the success of the national Reading Recovery programme, with four-fifths of illiterate five and six-year-olds taking part in the scheme advancing their reading age by 24 months after five-months of one-to-one teaching with an SEN teacher...

Posted on 09/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Head teacher turns off school heating in 'eco day' experiment

A head teacher at a Somerset Academy took the brave decision to turn off his school's heating as part of an 'eco day' experiment designed to investigate carbon footprints...

Posted on 08/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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DfE plans overhaul of head teacher qualification

The NPQH is to become non mandatory as part of Department for Education plans to overhaul the national head teacher training qualification...

Posted on 07/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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One-third of UK children without their own book

Research by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that one-third of children in the UK do not own a single book and 12 per cent have never been to a bookshop...

Posted on 06/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Survey: Pupils come bearing gifts at end-of-term

A survey of teachers has revealed that 80 per cent receive gifts from their pupils at the end of a school term, with over one-quarter revealing their students had brought them flowers...

Posted on 05/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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EU project promoting maths excellence in Buckinghamshire

A school in Buckinghamshire has partnered with the County Council and delegates from Sweden and Turkey as part of an EU initiative to promote lifelong learning in mathematics...

Posted on 02/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Sums add up for maths provision at new teaching school

One of the first teaching schools in Greater Manchester is reaping its rewards after recruiting nine trainee maths teachers to train in the classroom...

Posted on 01/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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