Month: October 2016

Why teach philosophy in primary schools?

A philosophy studies programme for primary school students is to be implemented over the next few months across England. Developed by a partnership of the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, the scheme comprises short videos and stories to be used in class. The resources will be used to prompt discussion around topics such as justice, knowledge and truth. A smaller scale trial conducted by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), has already shown some promising results. The aim of the classes is to encourage children to ask questions, construct arguments and participate in reasoned...

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Academy chain comes under fire for financial conflicts of interest

The academy chain Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) has come under scrutiny by the regulator, after it was revealed it paid almost £440,000 to two companies owned by its chief executive and his daughter, the Yorkshire Post reports. WCAT, which finances 21 primary and secondary schools across Yorkshire, paid £316,489 to an IT company owned by Mike Ramsay, WCAT’s chief executive. A contract worth £123,012 was awarded to HDR services, the clerking firm owned by Ramsay’s daughter. The figures were revealed in the Trust’s annual accounts. Clerking work has been brought in house, since the two year contract with...

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Bailey Gwynne report: School stabbing could happen at any school

The investigator of the school stabbing of Bailey Gwynne at a school in Aberdeen, has warned that the tragedy could take place at any school, not just in troubled neighbourhoods, Schools Improvement reports The 16 year-old was stabbed to death at Cults Academy, one of the highest performing schools in Scotland, by a fellow pupil in 2015. The investigator into his death, Andrew Lowe, released his official report into the killing this week, and gave a warning to schools not to be complacent on the issue of violent crime, even in middle class areas. Mr Lowe was appointed as...

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25 free schools delay opening every year

Around 25 free schools have been delayed in opening in the last three years, an exclusive report by Schools Week has found. The numbers, obtained via a freedom of information request, show that a total of seventy four free schools have delayed in opening over the past three years, due to a variety of obstacles. Most of the delays were due to problems finding appropriate sites. This problem has prompted the Department for Education to reform how it allocates opening dates for new schools. One school is set for a six-year delay in opening due to insufficient demand for...

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30% of 2010 teachers quit within five years

30% of 2010 teachers quit within five years. Government ministers have confirmed that nearly a third of the 2010 teaching intake of English state schools had left teaching by 2015, Schools Improvement reports. Minister for education, Nick Gibb confirmed the statistic in a written answer to a question from Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland. The government played down the figures, saying that retention in the teaching profession had remained stable for the past two decades. The Liberal Democrats said the figures were a ‘damning record’ of previous education minister, Michael Gove’s term in office. In a more detailed breakdown...

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