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News Items From June 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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One in ten university leavers 'struggle to find jobs'

Almost ten per cent of graduates struggle to find jobs when they leave university, new research shows. ...

Posted on 30/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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NUT 'Teachers not burying heads in sand'

Teachers are not burying their heads in the sand over pensions, it has been claimed....

Posted on 30/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove: There should be more emphasis on maths

Education secretary Michael Gove would like to see a larger proportion of schoolchildren studying maths until the age of 18. ...

Posted on 30/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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ATL: Government has failed to value TPS

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has questioned how the government knows more money is required for teachers' pensions when it has not yet valued the scheme....

Posted on 30/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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TCM Group: Teachers should try to find constructive alternatives to striking

Teachers should try to find more constructive and consensus-based alternatives to going on strike, it has been claimed....

Posted on 30/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Websites 'cannot replace professional careers advice'

The launch of the new UCAS Connect site for potential students is a welcome development, but cannot act as a replacement for professional careers advice in schools, it has been claimed. ...

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove: Strike will not help schools

Over 3,000 schools in England and Wales are set to close this week as thousands of teachers take strike action over changes to their pension contributions....

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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New literacy and numeracy framework for Wales

A new National Literacy and Numeracy Framework is to be introduced in schools across Wales, it has been revealed....

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Melanie Phillips: Teachers should never strike

Teachers should never go on strike as they have a duty of care towards their pupils. ...

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students 'need to get facts straight on higher education'

It is essential that students understand how the new tuition fee system should work, according to Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes....

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Trainee teachers 'to tackle bad behaviour'

Trainee teachers will be taught how to handle students that behave badly, under new government plans....

Posted on 28/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government 'can't attract best graduates to teaching while cutting pay'

The government cannot expect the brightest graduates to enter the teaching profession when pay is being eroded by increasing pension contributions, it has been claimed....

Posted on 28/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Heads urged not to use volunteers on strike days

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has urged school principals to avoid using parent volunteers to supervise children on strike days....

Posted on 28/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government announces new teacher training plans

The government has outlined new plans aimed at attracting the brightest graduates into teaching. ...

Posted on 27/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Pupils 'don't understand tuition fee system'

Only a third of secondary school students understand how the government's new tuition fee system will work....

Posted on 27/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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RE 'being squeezed out of schools'

The introduction of the English baccalaureate means that religion is being put on the backburner in many schools....

Posted on 24/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Headteachers urged to avoid strike closures

Education secretary Michael Gove has written to headteachers ahead of next week's planned strikes by members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers....

Posted on 24/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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High quality vocational qualifications 'can enhance life chances'

Employers and education providers from around the UK gathered to celebrate Vocational Qualification Day (VQ Day) this week....

Posted on 23/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Latest exam mistakes 'are unacceptable'

Education secretary Michael Gove has described it as "unacceptable" that more errors have been round in A-level and GCSE papers....

Posted on 22/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Free schools 'will help improve education'

The introduction of free schools will help to improve the education system, it has been suggested....

Posted on 21/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students 'need to think more carefully about university courses'

Those planning to enter higher education need to think more carefully than ever about their university options....

Posted on 17/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Underperforming primary schools to become academies

The worst 200 primary schools in the country are to be turned into academies, it has been announced. ...

Posted on 17/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Strike action 'better for schools in long term'

Strike action may cause disruption but it is better for schools in the long term, it has been claimed....

Posted on 16/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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ATL announces national strike date

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has announced plans to hold its first ever strike on June 30th 2011....

Posted on 16/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers vote to strike

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have both voted in favour of taking strike action over government plans to increase pension contributions....

Posted on 15/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Comprehensive students 'mis-sold pointless A-levels'

Pupils from state schools are being mis-sold 'soft' a-levels, it has been claimed....

Posted on 15/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teenagers 'need better maths skills'

Many universities are being forced to reduce the maths requirements on their courses because an increasing number of teenagers are leaving school without a good knowledge of the subject, it has been suggested....

Posted on 14/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'given time out to improve Welsh language skills'

Teachers in Wales will be given time off to improve their knowledge of the Welsh language under a new government initiative launched this week....

Posted on 14/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Parents 'confused by fees system'

Many parents are confused by the government's new tuition fee loan system, new research suggests....

Posted on 13/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted voices concern over vocational business courses

Education watchdog has criticised the quality of vocational business courses on offer in some English secondary schools....

Posted on 13/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Pupils 'skipping school for cheap holidays'

An increasing number of British parents are open to the idea of allowing their children to skip school in order to secure a cheap holiday deal....

Posted on 13/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual clamps down on exam blunders

Following a number of high-profile mistakes in recent exam papers, qualifications watchdog Ofqual is demanding that tests are checked more rigorously....

Posted on 09/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Duchess of Cornwall backs literacy campaign

The Duchess of Cornwall is supporting a campaign aimed at improving literacy levels among children. ...

Posted on 08/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Exam students given 'impossible' business studies question

An exam board has apologised after it set AS-level business studies students a test paper containing an 'impossible' question....

Posted on 08/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Mistake found in AS-level biology paper

An AS-level biology exam sat by pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last month contained a mistake, it has been revealed....

Posted on 08/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Over 1,200 schools apply for academy status

More than 1,200 schools have now applied to become academies, it has been revealed....

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

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Schools not up to scratch, says Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie said she chooses to educate her children at home with tutors because schools are not up to scratch....

Posted on 03/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Sutton Coldfield pupils 'go into business'

Dozens of children from primary schools across Sutton Coldfield will be given the chance to show off their entrepreneurial skills this summer....

Posted on 03/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Hadlow College in bid to create 'rural' free school

Kent-based Hadlow College is proposing to open a free school next year....

Posted on 02/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Thousands of five-year-olds 'not ready for school'

Thousands of children are not ready for school by the age of five, it has been claimed....

Posted on 02/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students given 'impossible question' in maths exam

Thousands of teenagers were asked to answer an 'impossible question' during a maths AS-level exam set by the OCR exam body last week....

Posted on 02/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Millions of children 'own no books'

One in three children in the UK do not own any books, it has been revealed....

Posted on 01/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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