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News Items From January 2012

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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'Equivalent' qualifications to be cut from Performance Table ratings

Professor Wolf's suggestions on school league tables will be put into effect from 2014 onwards....

Posted on 31/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Commercial involvement in teaching set to rise?

The Observer suggests more schools will be run for a profit in the future....

Posted on 30/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Eco-friendly school opens in Wales

A new primary school built through the 21st Century Schools Programme has become the first in Wales or England to be awarded an A+ Energy Performance Certificate...

Posted on 27/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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New league table data released

More in-depth data has been released by the DfE in the latest school league tables, exposing the plight of disadvantaged pupils...

Posted on 26/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Physics software can improve primary pupils understanding

Primary school teachers could greatly improve their physics lessons if they adopted new computer software, research from the ESRC suggests...

Posted on 25/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Swansea schools celebrated for digital innovation

Primary and secondary teachers at two schools in Swansea have been praised by the Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews for their pioneering use of digital technology in the classroom...

Posted on 24/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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League tables 'should reflect what is happening in schools'

An expert has called for changes to the way schools' performances are assessed....

Posted on 24/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'want sophisticated technology in classrooms'

A new survey shows that teachers want more advance educational technology in the classroom....

Posted on 23/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Could Apple's latest product revolutionise teaching jobs?

Apple has just launched a range of new products for the iPad which could turn the world of education textbooks upside down...

Posted on 20/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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£7.7 million spent on phonics teaching materials

Figures from the DfE show that so far £7.7 million has been spent on phonics products as part of a government scheme to help primary teachers improve phonics lessons, but Nick Gibb wants more schools to commit...

Posted on 19/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Barclays commits to assist free schools and academies

Michael Gove has said he is "delighted" that Barclays has committed to offer its expertise to free schools and academies...

Posted on 18/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted to scrap 'satisfactory' inspections

Education watchdog Ofsted is to abandon 'satisfactory' inspections in favour of a 'requires improvement' judgement in a bid to tackle the 3,000 coasting schools ...

Posted on 17/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Gove hands schools greater freedom to manage teachers

New plans coming into effect in September will give schools increased freedom when it comes to managing teaching staff...

Posted on 16/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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More specialist ICT teachers needed, the Royal Society says

With the publication of new research that shows just 35 per cent of ICT teachers are specialists in the subject, The Royal Society has called on the DfE to increase the number of experts in ICT teaching jobs...

Posted on 13/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Half a million children are unhappy, charity says

Research from The Children's Society reinforces the importance of teaching jobs with the revelation that half a million children in the UK are unhappy...

Posted on 12/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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"Boring" ICT curriculum to be replaced with computer science

Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that the 'inadequate' ICT curriculum is to be scrapped in favour of more rigorous and stimulating computer science courses...

Posted on 11/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Sports England strategy provides £1 billion for sporting legacy

There could be an increased need for people to fill PE teacher jobs after Sport England announced a new programme to leave a lasting legacy of sporting participation following the London 2012 Olympics...

Posted on 10/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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New Norfolk primary school on cards as admissions soar

A new primary school may have to be built in Norfolk to deal with the growing population and admissions levels in the south-west county...

Posted on 09/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Government urged to increase primary class sizes

A council leader in London has advised the government to increase primary school class sizes to 32 to help reduce costs, claiming it would not have a detrimental impact on children's education...

Posted on 06/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Twigg calls for longer school day

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has proposed extending the school day to help children achieve more and avoid trouble outside of school...

Posted on 06/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Michael Gove hits back at Academies critics

Education secretary Michael Gove has used a speech in London to hit out at critics of academies, saying that students perform better in autonomous schools...

Posted on 05/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Exams damaging children's enjoyment of education

The former director of the national curriculum has hit out the examinations system, saying continuous testing erodes children's enjoyment of education...

Posted on 04/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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National Curriculum reform postponed following in-depth review

Following the publication of a major review into the National Curriculum, education secretary Michael Gove has announced that reforms will be postponed until 2014 ahead of a widespread consultation...

Posted on 03/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers inundated with honours from the Queen

People in a diverse range of teaching jobs and education roles have been presented with awards in the Queen's New Year's Honours List...

Posted on 03/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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