Month: December 2016

Teacher Shortage in the North of England, study says.

An increase in teacher recruitment could vastly improve education standards in the North of England, a new report suggests. The report, published by Dixons Academies chief executive Sir Nick, explores why there is a particular concentration of educational underperformance in the North, while also making recommendations to raise attainment levels, Teaching Personnel reports. The report identified that a key factor in pupil performance was teacher effectiveness, emphasising the need for new efforts to bolster the supply of staff in northern England to better take account of local needs. The report suggested  the launch of a “Teach North” scheme to...

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School ministers criticised for rejecting sexual harassment law

Government ministers from the Department of Education have rejected proposals for legislation requiring all schools in England to develop a whole school approach to tackling sexual harassment. The BBC reports that the proposals had been made by the Commons Women and Equalities Committee in September this year. The Department for Education published a formal response on Tuesday. It said the existing legal framework dealing with issues of equality, safeguarding, curriculum and behaviour was “strong”. Acknowledging that more could be done to clarify how the framework applied to sexual violence and harassment, the DfE indicated that legislation would not be...

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