Month: January 2017

Schools to hire apprentices in new govt drive

The government has confirmed that schools are to hire apprentices, as they are to be included in the public sector bodies to take part in the government’s apprentice initiative. Schools Week reports that schools had expressed concerns about their ability to hire apprentices, due to the apprentice levy that has to be paid to employ them, as well as the practical difficulties of finding them suitable work. The policy is part of a government initiative to hire apprentices across a growing number of sectors by 2020- a Conservative party election pledge. Ministers chose to include schools and multi-academy trusts...

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May Plans Specialist Maths School in Every City

The Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the opening of a specialist maths school in every city in Britain, to ensure the country “stands tall in the world” after Brexit, The Telegraph reports. She unveiled a £170 million package to established “Institutes of Technology”, details of which will be announced in the government’s long-awaited industrial strategy. The specialist maths schools and other elements of the strategy, will address Britain’s low productivity compared to other developed countries, something the Chancellor Philip Hammond has prioritised. The government also has plans to make technical training as equally valued as academic higher education,...

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Largest academy chain to consider converting schools to grammars

The head of the country’s largest multi-academy trust has said he is considering converting  schools to grammars, in an exclusive conversation with the TES. Julian Drinkall, chief of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), has said converting schools to grammars would depend on the “markets” each schools served. “I think that as we look at each of those schools in the particular markets and catchment areas in which they exist, there might be arguments for selection in certain places.” Drinkall, who used to run an independent schools’ group, took over as the £240,000-year boss of AET this month. In September, the...

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Examiner awards to attract more teachers to marking

An examiner awards scheme, recognising “exceptional commitment” from exam markers is being set up to attract more teachers to the job, Schools Week reports. The examiner awards will be established by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), following their joint report with headteachers’ associations, and exam boards, warning that thousands more teachers are needed as examiners to meet a spike in demand from new GCSE and A-Level structures. The report, due to be published on the 23rd of January, found that each summer 34,000 set and mark 8 million exams, for 2 million 15 to 19 year olds in...

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Foreign school trips facing increased red tape

Foreign school trips are facing increasing red tape in the form of hidden costs, visas and unclear government guidance on safeguarding, according to delegates at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference for Independent Schools (HMC), Schools Week reports. Mike Buchanan told teachers and policy makers that the bureaucracy in the way of foreign school trips is “killing them”. Buchanan, who is headteacher at Ashford school in Kent, said teachers’ enthusiasm for organising foreign school trips had not waned, but guidance from the Department for Education, updated in September last year, was less clear on the issue of foreign schools trips...

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