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Study highlights educational benefits of reading for pleasure

A new IOE study has revealed children who read for pleasure are likely to perform better on maths, vocabulary and spelling tests....

Posted on 12/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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IOE calls for early intervention in illiteracy issues

IOE research suggests early intervention in illiteracy issues can prevent negative long-term outcomes such as teenage pregnancy and incarceration....

Posted on 27/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Michael Gove outlines new GCSE system

GCSEs are going to be overhauled in England, with the introduction of a new grading system and a move away from coursework....

Posted on 12/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Govt reveals school funding system overhaul

David Laws has outlined the government's plan for the future of the school funding system, which will target a fairer and more open scheme....

Posted on 05/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Pupils to sit new grammar test this week

This week, 600,000 11-year olds will sit the new spelling, grammar and punctuation test, which education minister Liz Truss believes will help to raise standards....

Posted on 15/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual plans GCSE English changes

Ofqual is planning to reduce the proportion of English GCSE grades accounted for by speaking and listening assessments from 20 per cent to zero per cent....

Posted on 30/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted highlights best practice in improving literacy

A new report by Ofsted has highlighted the range of effective methods used by secondary schools to improve literacy levels among their pupils....

Posted on 29/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study warns of teenagers reading below their level

A new poll of 300,000 13 and 14-year-olds has found that on average they prefer reading books aimed at ten-year-olds....

Posted on 12/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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Schools warned against playing the system

A senior exam board official has criticised the practice of entering students with multiple boards to boost their grades....

Posted on 24/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Students receiving GCSE English retake results

GCSE English retake results are now being provided to the students who sat them....

Posted on 24/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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English and maths teaching 'failing the adult workforce'

New research suggests a significant number of adults in England do not possess basic numeracy and literacy skills....

Posted on 18/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Schools raising English and maths standards, according to SATs results

SATs results suggest primary schools improved performance in both English and maths in 2012....

Posted on 13/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Poetry competition launched for youngsters

Backed by Sir Andrew Motion, a new competition aims to inspire children to get into poetry....

Posted on 07/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Majority support foreign language teaching in primaries

Research suggests most believe teaching young children foreign languages is beneficial in their development....

Posted on 23/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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New funding for Shakespeare at school

New funding will be made available next year so schools can celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. ...

Posted on 05/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Trainee teacher tests to be revamped

The Department for Education has announced that it is making changes to the exams sat by trainee teachers from next year...

Posted on 26/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Gove launches IT education recruitment drive

The education secretary Michael Gove is hoping to attract high quality graduates to teach Computer Science in schools...

Posted on 24/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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EEF calls for 65% exam target

Engineering Employers Federation calls on government to set 65 per cent target for achieving five 'good' GCSEs in wake of grade drop...

Posted on 18/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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ASCL calls for review to stop repeat of GCSE 'fiasco'

The Association of School and College Leaders wants to see steps taken to ensure that teachers and pupils don't suffer from a repeat of this year's GCSE grading issues...

Posted on 12/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Concerns raised over how those with SEN will handle new EBaccs

BDA warns that dyslexic pupils would be disadvantaged by a move away from modular and coursework-based approach to examinations...

Posted on 19/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teaching bodies react to exam reform announcement

Teachers' unions have expressed concern that the exam reforms announced by Michael Gove will marginalise some pupils and subject areas...

Posted on 18/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Clegg: Exam reforms not a return to two-tier system

Michael Gove and Nick Clegg have announced the introduction of English Baccalaureate Certificates, pending a consultation...

Posted on 17/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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New Studio Schools and UTCs open

A total of 97 UTCs, Studio Schools and Free Schools have opened in England in the past year, backed by the education secretary...

Posted on 11/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Reading: three in four boys lagging behind

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group Commission has revealed that 76 per cent of boys are underachieving when it comes to reading...

Posted on 04/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Survey: Teachers worried by children's reading habits

A study of people in teaching jobs has revealed that many are concerned that children are not reading enough and prefer to spend time online...

Posted on 20/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers to get govt help improving literacy standards

The Welsh government has announced it will make teacher support and professional development a key component of its new National Literacy Programme ...

Posted on 17/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government launches reading campaign

A campaign to get children in Wales reading more has been unveiled by the Welsh government in a bid to boost literacy standards...

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

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Ofsted targets literacy improvements

Chief inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has issued a challenge to teachers and schools in an attempt to get literacy standards improving once again...

Posted on 16/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers say Roald Dahl is children's favourite author

Primary school teachers have voted Roald Dahl as their pupils' favourite author in a survey by teaching resources website Teachit Primary...

Posted on 13/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh Booktrust scheme pleases teachers

The Welsh government has announced funding of £200,000 per year for three years to help Booktrust's programmes boost literacy in Wales...

Posted on 06/03/2012 - [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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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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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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£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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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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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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Report: School leavers lacking maths and English skills

A study by the Centre for Cities has revealed that half of all young people living in the UK's cities are not leaving school with good GCSE grades in maths and English, making it hard for them to find employment...

Posted on 25/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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New programme helps SEN children take strides in maths and English

SEN teachers have seen the maths and English results of their pupils improve under a large-scale pilot programme now set to be rolled-out nationwide...

Posted on 18/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Eight new Free Schools get government go-ahead

More teaching jobs in Free Schools set to open in September 2012 will become available following the government's announcement that eight new schools have received the green light...

Posted on 15/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Most local authorities providing good children's services, Ofsted says

Ofsted has published its 2011 Annual Children's Services Assessment, revealing that the majority of local authorities are providing good or improving services for their young people...

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

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100 trainee teachers a year to win £20,000 physics scholarship

Government announces a new scholarship for trainee physics teachers in association with the Institute of Physics as it bids to fill the gap in the specialist subject...

Posted on 09/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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'Common sense approach' proposed for school building regulations

DfE plans to cut the 5,000 pages of 'over-prescriptive' school building regulations by 75% in a bid to make building new schools quicker and better value for money...

Posted on 08/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Study shows summer babies at school disadvantage

Secondary teachers may need to pay more attention to summer-born babies with a new report showing they are at a major educational disadvantage...

Posted on 02/11/2011 - [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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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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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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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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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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Thousands of children behind targets by the age of seven

Primary school teachers still have work to do in improving literacy and numeracy attainment levels with figures published by the DfE showing over 100,000 seven-year-olds are not able to write at their predicted level...

Posted on 30/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted to emphasise teaching quality in school inspection shake-up

Focus shifts to standard of teaching and pupil behaviour as school inspection system gets major overhaul by education watchdog Ofsted...

Posted on 30/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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English exams getting easier, watchdog claims

A report by Ofqual, the examinations watchdog, has found that English Literature A-level exams got easier in certain areas between 2005 and 2009...

Posted on 26/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Computer skills important in teacher jobs, report reveals

ICT skills are increasingly important for new teaching jobs with 50 per cent of all learning time in schools now involves computers according to a new report...

Posted on 26/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted: Teaching standards improving in federated schools

A new report by education inspector Ofsted has revealed that federated schools are improving across the board, offering an ideal place for graduates to get their first teaching job...

Posted on 22/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Clegg's summer school plan may increase vacancies for teaching jobs

At the Liberal Democrat party conference, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is to propose a two-week summer school for 11-year-olds falling behind in education...

Posted on 21/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government to give teachers new powers to deal with classroom indiscipline

Education secretary Michael Gove has announced the government is to give teachers new powers to combat badly behaved students who disrupt others' education...

Posted on 16/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Primary school teachers to conduct one to one reading tests

From next summer all primary school teachers at state schools in England will have to conduct one-to-one reading tests with their year one pupils...

Posted on 16/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers given freedom to control school day

The government has removed bureaucratic control over the school day by giving teachers and heads the power to change school times as they see fit....

Posted on 13/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Award for study of children who achieve against the odds

A study into disadvantaged children who achieved educational success despite having disadvantaged beginnings has won an 'article of the year' award...

Posted on 13/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Educating boys and girls separately 'better for self-esteem'

Being separated during the school day can give both boys and girls greater self-esteem, it has been claimed. ...

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

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Pupils 'behave better after healthy school meal'

Children and teenagers are more likely to concentrate and behave better after eating a healthy school meal, it has been claimed....

Posted on 08/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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One in six children 'don't read regularly'

A study carried out by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that one in six children do not read single book in a month....

Posted on 23/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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GCSE pupils 'steered away from English, maths and science'

GCSE students are being encouraged to sit exams in so-called soft subjects rather than core academic subjects such as English, maths and science, new data has revealed....

Posted on 22/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Pupils reassured over test errors

Pupils affected by exam paper errors this year have been reassured that their grades will not suffer as a result....

Posted on 05/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Universities 'expecting fewer students'

Dozens of universities in England expect to be teaching fewer students over the coming years, it has been revealed....

Posted on 04/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Phonics checks 'will distort teaching at EYFS'

Government plans to introduce synthetic phonics checks for six-year-olds have been criticised by the National Association for Primary Education (NAPE)....

Posted on 19/07/2011 - [Read More...]

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School leavers 'should not be put off by tuition fees'

People leaving school this year should not let higher tuition fees deter them from enrolling on a university course....

Posted on 18/07/2011 - [Read More...]

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UK 'lagging behind in English and maths'

The UK is trailing behind other countries when it comes to English and maths, it has been claimed....

Posted on 24/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Boys 'lack stamina to read long books'

Many young boys find it too challenging to tackle books of more than 200 pages long, new research suggests....

Posted on 17/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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'No magic answer' to school improvement

There is no magic answer when it comes to improving underperforming schools....

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

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Voucher initiative 'could transform English education'

One expert has recommended a voucher programme for English education....

Posted on 27/04/2011 - [Read More...]

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CofE to open admissions up?

CofE is considering a wider admissions policy....

Posted on 26/04/2011 - [Read More...]

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New phonics resources for primary school teachers

Those in teaching jobs may soon be able to make use of more resources for teaching phonics in the classroom....

Posted on 08/04/2011 - [Read More...]

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Exam marking errors causing pupils to lose out on uni places

Hundreds of A-level grades had to be revised after an inquiry into marking errors by the exams board AQA uncovered a range of serious blunders. ...

Posted on 23/02/2011 - [Read More...]

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Four in ten Welsh pupils 'below standard in reading'

Approximately 40 per cent of Welsh schoolchildren are below the standard expected of them when it comes to reading. ...

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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