Month: July 2017

Schools Unprepared to Teach Sexual Education

From September of 2019 the Department for Education will require all schools to teach Sex and Relationships Education, a subject that is currently undervalued according to children’s charity Coram. Due to looming statutory requirements schools are becoming increasingly aware of how unready they are to implement PSHE in the classroom as a syllabus subject, a report from Coram finds. This is a subject that has been avoided and treated as surplus to requirements by many headteachers, including one anonymous source reported by Janet Palmer, Ofsted’s National Lead for PSHE education. In an interview with PSHE Association she cites one...

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UK University Applications Decreasing

The number of UK University applications has fallen by 25,000 (4%) since last year according to UCAS data, marking the first decline in applicants since 2012 when the UK university tuition fees were tripled. The sharp fall extends to potential EU students living outside of the UK as a 5% decline was recorded amongst those wanting to study at UK universities. The only rise in applications from last year came from potential students based outside of the EU, as a 2% rise can be inferred from the UCAS admissions service data. The Financial Times notes a distinct age gap...

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Autism Stereotyped in Schools

TES has compiled a list of personality traits that are commonly associated with autism which are misrepresenting autistic children in schools. Autism has connotations with superior intelligence and inferior social skills amongst other stereotypes, leading to misconceptions amongst teachers and schools whose duty it is to accommodate pupils with all sorts of mental disabilities. Contrary to popular opinion, the autistic community is as ‘diverse as any group’, another TES report reads. The increasing representation of autism on the television and in popular culture has sparked much debate on the issue as it can lead to stereotyping warns the report. Such television shows as...

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UK Teachers Are Leaving the Country Due to Poor Wages

Tension between teachers and politicians grows as their wages decrease, leading many who have recently completed their PGCE to move abroad to teach in an environment where they can earn a reasonable living. The average wage of a primary teacher in the UK has decreased by a ‘shocking’ £12.70 per week without accounting for inflation, a report from TES claims. Further analysis by TES of data presented by the Office of National Statistics finds that the average weekly wage of a secondary teacher in 2010 was £666.20 and in 2016 was just £2.30 more. Research done by TES Global earlier in the...

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