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News Items From February 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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Ministers to cut paperwork for teachers

Schools minister Nick Gibb has said that education professionals should not have to complete "unnecessary paperwork" during unpaid overtime...

Posted on 29/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Government announces £15m cultural education fund

Following an independent review into England's cultural education, the government has announced investment of £15m designed to give children from all backgrounds access to the arts...

Posted on 29/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Pupil Referral Units get academy green light

The government's behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor has announced that Pupil Referral Units are to be granted the power to apply for academy status in a bid to improve their performance...

Posted on 28/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Reading ability: boys catch up with girls

A major new study funded by Renaissance Learning has suggested that boys no longer lag behind girls in terms of their reading ability...

Posted on 27/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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10,000 teacher training bursaries made available

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that 10,000 bursaries worth £1,000 are to be made available for trainee teachers in 2012-2013...

Posted on 24/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual to toughen up curriculum for 4 GCSE subjects

The examinations watchdog Ofqual has announced plans to restore public confidence in GCSEs by toughening up the curriculum and exams in four key subjects...

Posted on 24/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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English teacher becomes rap sensation

An English teacher has put his teaching job on ice after an internet video made him an overnight rap star...

Posted on 23/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Major teacher shortages forecast for the UK and Europe

A recent study by the European Commission has revealed that several leading EU countries are on the brink of a major shortfall in teachers, but what is being done about it?...

Posted on 23/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Michael Gove set to abolish term-time holidays

The education secretary Michael Gove is to ban parents from taking children on holidays during term-time as part of a crack down on school absence...

Posted on 21/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Donations help music teacher's legacy continue

The Martin Clare Music Fund was set up after the much-loved teacher died of liver failure last year but it has been so successful that now over £5,000 has been donated to the cause...

Posted on 20/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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MPs form parliamentary group to support RE

A new all party parliamentary group of MPs has been formed to advance the cause of religious education after it was omitted from the English Baccalaureate...

Posted on 17/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Failing an Ofsted inspection improves schools

New research published by the London School of Economics has found that schools can see 'significant improvements' following a failed Ofsted inspection...

Posted on 16/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teesside primary school scoops £2,000 project prize

A primary teacher at a school in Teesside has been presented with a £2,000 prize to fund a garden project after her pupils' 'mini-beast sanctuary' idea won a regional environmental competition...

Posted on 15/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Swansea school picks up top award

Gowerton Comprehensive has won the Third Millenium Learning Award after its secondary teachers were recognised for their pioneering use of modern technology...

Posted on 15/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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DfE data reveals need for core subject teachers

Data released by the Department for Education has revealed that thousands of pupils across England are missing out on the chance to study core academic subjects in languages and humanities...

Posted on 14/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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DfE invites new Free School applications

More teaching jobs look set to be created in Free Schools after the Department for Education invited new applications from groups looking to establish their own education institution...

Posted on 13/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Scotland could teach England about maths education

A new report published by the RSA has outlined the failings in England's maths education, suggesting it looks at Scottish calculations in a bid to improve...

Posted on 10/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teacher training centre gets £30m renovation

The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is celebrating after returning to its London Road campus following a £30 million upgrade...

Posted on 09/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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12,000 English schools enter Olympics Games race

Half of the schools in England have signed up to take part in the first ever Sainsbury's School Games ahead of this year's Olympics ...

Posted on 08/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Majority of those in teaching jobs confident they can identify non-toilet trained children

At least 79 per cent of teachers recognise the signs of incontinent children, a study by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found. ...

Posted on 07/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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New reading competition aims to turn page on literacy

Schools minister Nick Gibb has announced a new national reading competition designed to spark the imagination of young readers in English schools...

Posted on 07/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Shouting out answers 'helps pupils learn'

Children should be encouraged to shout out answers, new research indicates....

Posted on 06/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Government assessing regional pay for teaching jobs

Mr Gove is reportedly considering introducing regionalised pay for teachers....

Posted on 06/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Value of vocational subjects downgraded to protect traditional GCSEs

The government this week downgraded the value of thousands of vocational qualifications, as it looks to protect the worth of traditional GCSEs....

Posted on 01/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers in Welsh schools challenged by low literacy levels

Four in ten Welsh children enter secondary school with a lower-than-expected reading age, new research has revealed. ...

Posted on 01/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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