Month: December 2017

Middle-aged professionals targeted to become new teachers

More middle aged professionals are being targeted to switch careers and become new teachers to help boost schools in deprived and remote areas, says the new Teach First head. Russell Hobby told a national newspaper that the country’s biggest graduate recruiter will begin focusing its energies on recruiting older trainees as teachers from 2018 in a bid to improve the quality of teaching in coastal areas and market towns. He says that successful executives who have enjoyed careers in London will now be encouraged to retrain as a teacher and to move back to their home town. Mr Hobby...

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High performing school divide widens

The geographical divide between high performing schools in England has got wider, says a report. The Education Policy Institute says that between 2010 and 2015, secondary schools in London took a greater share of where pupils are most likely to make better progress. However, the same report highlights that secondary schools in the north east and North are being left behind. The report also highlights worries over social mobility which is now increasingly affected by where the family is living. For example, the report writers say that families in London have a greater chance of attending a good school...

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GCSE grade changes rocket by 52%

The number of GCSE grades being changed when re-marked have rocketed by 52% because exam boards ‘did not follow the rules’, says the head of Ofqual. The head of the body responsible for regulating exams, Sally Collier, told MPs said the problems occurred at the review stage and not with the original marks. She also added that Ofqual is looking at imposing regulatory action on exam boards that have broken the rules and she insists that the rules will be followed when November’s exam re-sits are marked. The enquiry from MPs follows news last week that nearly 74,000 GCSE...

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Pay rise: One in five teachers face none

A survey has revealed that teachers’ pay in the UK is effectively being reduced because of the lack of an annual pay rise and performance related pay progression. The findings from the National Education Union (NEU) reveal that schools are failing to award a cost of living increase which is effectively reducing their salary. The survey reveals that 21% of teachers say they’ve been told that they are not going to receive a cost of living rise and 30% say they are still waiting to hear whether they will receive an increase. The union’s joint general secretary, Kevin Courtney,...

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‘Teacher recruitment and retention’ hamper underperforming schools

Thousands of pupils in England are being failed by a hard core of under-achieving schools which are struggling to recruit teachers and retain headteachers, warns Ofsted. In their annual report, Ofsted says there are 130 schools – 80 primaries and 50 secondary schools – that have not achieved ‘good’ status in any inspection carried out since 2005. The watchdog’s chief, Amanda Spielman, says the ‘investment and attention’ of the schools have not improved. The report reveals that 90% of primaries are now rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, along with 79% of secondary schools. However, there are 500 schools for...

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