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Banding system 'could harm the most disadvantaged children'

New study finds complex admissions criteria could create problems for disadvantaged pupils....

Posted on 03/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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Scheme launched to help pupils apply to top universities

Youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds encouraged to apply to Russell Group institutions. ...

Posted on 11/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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Former Northampton head teacher given MBE

Skills learned as home economics teacher helped her to improve reputation of struggling school....

Posted on 31/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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More pupils taking EBacc

New official figures show the proportion of state school pupils taking the English Baccalaureate rose from 23 per cent last year to 35 per cent in 2013....

Posted on 23/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual delays GCSE reforms

Ofqual has told Michael Gove it is delaying the rollout of new GCSEs in subjects other than English language and literature and mathematics from 2015 to 2016....

Posted on 10/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Reforms to help pupils improve English and maths skills

Emphasis is going to be placed on post-16 GCSE English and maths....

Posted on 02/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Derby school uses IT to improve lessons

Noel-Baker Community School is using IT to boost the standard of teaching offered at the location....

Posted on 20/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study highlights home issues affecting GCSE performance

Pupils who fail to get five good GCSEs are more likely than their peers to have faced problems at home in the run up to their exams, a Prince's Trust survey has shown....

Posted on 14/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Survey suggests public has faith in exams

A new survey has shown around 50 per cent of people attribute better exam results to improving teaching standards and pupil intelligence...

Posted on 08/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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School head champions boarding school model

Durand Academy head Sir Greg Martin has emphasised the school's commitment to introduce boarding and believes other state schools can do likewise....

Posted on 07/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Charity trustee issues warning over teenage mental health

Stem4 trustee Patricia Preece has called for teacher training to focus more on pastoral care in order to address worsening mental health issues among pupils....

Posted on 05/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study warns of potential rise in numbers of unhappy children

The Children's Society has reported children's wellbeing appears to have stopped rising since 2008 and may have even begun to decline....

Posted on 25/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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New study highlights inequalities in pupil attainment

New analysis of OECD reading tests show the top achievers among the poorest fifth of England's 15-year-old boys are on average 30 months behind top achievers in the richest fifth....

Posted on 16/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted claims state schools are letting brightest pupils down

A new Ofsted report has expressed concern that 65 per cent of pupils who had been "high-attaining" at primary school did not get at least an A in their English and maths GCSEs in 2012....

Posted on 24/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Best English comprehensives are being socially selective

Social selection is a feature of most of the best schools in England, newly-released research from the Sutton Trust has found....

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

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Brighton celebrates secondary schools improvement

The proportion of Brighton and Hove's schools rated as good or outstanding has risen by 8.6 percentage points to 80 per cent this year....

Posted on 30/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Individual schools to take Pisa tests

Individual schools to take Pisa tests...

Posted on 05/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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ATL claims GCSE reforms will discriminate against girls

The government's plans to return to having final exams at the end of GCSEs will discriminate against female pupils, ATL members have been warned....

Posted on 02/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Secondary schools must do more for brightest pupils, says Ofsted chief

The head of Ofsted has promised to investigate whether state secondary schools are doing enough to help able pupils achieve their potential....

Posted on 01/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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New figures show improvement in GCSE results

New figures show that 58.8 per cent of pupils in state-funded schools achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including in English and maths last year....

Posted on 31/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted calls for Suffolk 'shake up'

The head of Ofsted has called on Suffolk County Council to "shake things up" following the poor recent performance by secondary schools in the area....

Posted on 31/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Sikh school planned in South Bucks

The chairman of Slough Sikh Trust has stated that its planned Sikh free secondary school could alleviate demand for school places in South Buckinghamshire....

Posted on 28/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Review advocates greater choice over schools for disadvantaged

The government needs to do more to ensure children from less advantaged backgrounds have access to the best schools, David Boyle has asserted....

Posted on 28/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Third of poorest pupils 'have no internet at home'

A third of the poorest students still do not have home internet access, research suggests....

Posted on 04/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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School building plans criticised

Plans from the government to build new schools in a simplified and pared back manner have come under further criticism....

Posted on 03/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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More students to be put forward for Dux Awards

Year 9 children have a chance to visit one of the country's top university's through the Dux Awards....

Posted on 14/12/2012 - [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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New reading campaign launched to helped teachers and parents motivate kids

Pearson has launched an 'Enjoy Reading' campaign to inspire children to bury themselves in literature after teachers revealed a drop in attention spans...

Posted on 19/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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London's shortage of school places to reach 90,000 by 2016

London Councils warns 90,000 students will be without a school place in London by 2016....

Posted on 06/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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'Surprising drop' in students taking computing

The Good Schools Guide suggests more children view computing as something they can learn themselves....

Posted on 28/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Gove planning two-stage GCSE reforms

Michael Gove wants to reform GCSEs rather than bringing back O-levels....

Posted on 24/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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IGCSEs becoming focus of growing numbers of teaching jobs

Interest in the International GCSE is growing across England, the country's leading examiners have reported....

Posted on 06/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Clegg launches summer schools to help struggling pupils

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg launches 'brain training' summer schools programme to help struggling pupils ease into secondary school...

Posted on 23/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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School destination data published

Figures show percentage of Key Stage 4 pupils who go on to further education...

Posted on 17/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Demand for modern languages teachers rising

Schools are seeing increased demand for modern foreign languages....

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

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Validity of rising GCSEs cast into doubt

A-level and GCSE grades may be rising, but student performance appears static when measured against international benchmarks....

Posted on 24/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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More female-friendly sports needed, PE teachers told

PE teachers are being encouraged to include sports and activities more popular with girls after a study revealed competitive sports are putting many off exercise...

Posted on 02/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Humanities and language teaching rises in secondary schools

The number of pupils studying geography, history and modern languages has increased in English secondary schools, official figures have revealed...

Posted on 27/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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Schools failing Ofsted inspections improve by 10%

New research suggests that failing an Ofsted inspection could be beneficial for schools as exam results improve by an average of ten per cent in the aftermath ...

Posted on 27/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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BCS proposes computer science schools network

The BCS Chartered Institute for IT is looking to recruit schools to a new network for teaching excellence in computer science...

Posted on 26/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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74,000 children miss first-choice secondary school

Figures from the Department for Education have revealed that 74,000 pupils missed out on their first choice secondary school...

Posted on 23/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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New award recognises pupil achievement

Secondary teachers are central to a new award that will recognise the best pupils and help them achieve their aspirations...

Posted on 15/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers warned about dangers of entering children for GCSEs early

The Education Secretary wants to discourage pupils from taking GCSEs early....

Posted on 12/03/2012 - [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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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London borough offers launches EMA alternative

Pupils in Tower Hamlets encouraged to stay in school by with new Mayor's Education Award which offers the same level of funding as old EMA...

Posted on 04/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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EHRC launches education resource for teachers

EHRC has launched a new online education resource for secondary school teachers aimed at helping the teaching of equality and human rights issues...

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

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England suffering a shortage of male teachers

One in four primary schools has no male teachers....

Posted on 31/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers celebrate another record-breaking year for A levels

Teachers are celebrating after students once again enjoy record-breaking exam results...

Posted on 18/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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