Month: November 2016

£5000 for schools that tempt teachers back to class

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has launched another pilot scheme to encourage qualified to return to teaching, Schools Week reports. The biggest financial rewards are on offer for schools employing part-time or “flexible-working” returning teachers. In 2015, schools were offered a “support package” of £1,900 to encourage qualified teachers not currently in teaching to return and teach one of eight “core” subjects. The schools only received the money if the teacher gained employment, either at the school or at another after it had helped to retrain them. The Department for Education (DfE) has now launched a...

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English children rank well in maths and science globally.

Children in England have scored impressive results in a set of highly-regarded international maths and science exams published this week. 13-14 year olds in England ranked 8th out of 39 countries in science, in the four yearly Trends in International Mathematics and Science study (TIMSS), rising one place. Primary school children in Northern Ireland also scored good results, ranking sixth overall in maths, out of the 49 countries listed. Their results were the best in Europe, the Guardian reports. Other factors have contributed to rankings this year. Whilst England’s science results score ahead of the USA, Canada and Australia,...

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