Month: December 2016

Schools budget could be slashed by £3bn, reports warns

A new report issued by the National Audit Office, warns that school budgets could be facing real-terms cuts of £3bn in the next five years, The Independent reports. The report, looking at the financial sustainability of schools, says that realistic budget cuts of 8 percent per pupil by the year 2020 look increasingly likely, if schools are to remain adequately funded. School leaders are calling the figures the biggest real-terms reduction in budgets in a generation. The report was commissioned by the independent audit group, and identified numerous cost categories that posed the biggest liabilities to school funding. These...

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Parents should ignore school league tables, warns NAHT

Parents should ignore this year’s primary school league table results, as drastic changes to the curriculum mean test scores are an unreliable assessment of schools’ performance, the BBC reports. New, tougher end of primary SAT exams meant that only 53 percent of children passed them, compared to an 80 percent pass rate on the old SAT last year. Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) has said that ministers themselves have stressed that due to these changes, parents cannot rely on the league table results to assess schools performance, as this would be an...

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Govt seek to cut international student numbers by half

The Home Office is considering a move, which would cut international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, reports the Education Guardian. The proposal is being greeted with much dismay by university leaders, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on grounds deemed insufficient by vice chancellors. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, pledged a sharp reduction in international student numbers at the Conservative party conference in October this year. The measures proposed to achieve this include tougher visa rules for “lower quality” universities and courses. But senior university sources are warning that cuts to...

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Grammar Schools gain support in only 6 areas, study says

There are only six areas in England where parents would welcome new grammar schools and creating them would benefit the wider school population, a study says. The BBC reports that The Education Policy Institute modelled the impact of government plans to expand selective schools by looking at how 32,844 districts would be affected. The think tank applied the government’s conditions for allowing new schools. The government called the study “a crude attempt to second-guess the results of its consultation on new schools.” The researchers constructed a set of tests mirroring the conditions for new grammars set out in the...

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Joint govt inquiry ordered into pupil mental health in schools

A joint inquiry has been set up to investigate how schools and teachers can prevent and intervene in mental health issues among pupils, Schools Week reports. The education and health select committees will run a new inquiry into “the role of education in promoting emotional well-being in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems” beginning next year. The inquiry will focus on training teachers to recognise mental illness and the impact of cyber bullying and peer pressure, particularly via social media, on pupils. Neil Carmichael, chair of the education committee, said in a statement...

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