Month: December 2017

Parental involvement: many teachers don’t know responsibilities

While most teachers will see the benefits for parental participation in their school, 48% admit they don’t know who was responsible in their school to promote or support it, say researchers. The findings from a PTA UK survey reveal that nearly all teachers questioned said that parents have a positive impact and just 2% said there is no impact. The survey questioned more than 1,300 teachers from secondary and primary schools in England as part of their annual teachers’ survey. The findings reveal that two in three teachers say that improving relationships and building trust between teachers and parents...

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Universities accused of ‘mis-selling’

Universities have been accused of presiding over a ‘mis-selling’ scandal which leaves many graduates with a lower earning capacity than those who do not undertake degrees, a report reveals. According to the National Audit Office (NAO), graduates are leaving university with an average debt of £50,000 but enjoy less consumer protection than other complex financial products. The report is a review of the higher education market in England and found that prospective students who are considering whether to go to university are being placed in a ‘potentially vulnerable position’ because they are not given the advice they need to...

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Number of ‘special consideration’ requests rocket

The number of requests from schools and colleges for ‘special consideration’ for marking exam papers has rocketed, the regulator Ofqual has revealed. The organisation also says that the number of requests being approved has also increased. As a result, the number of A-level and GCSE papers being awarded extra marks this year rose following a number of major summer events affecting pupils including the Grenfell fire and the Manchester Arena terror attack. As a result, exam boards dealt with 607,110 requests from colleges and schools which is a 19% increase on last year’s figure. Of these applications, 94% of...

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Government will boost mental health support for schools

The Government has announced that the level of mental health support in schools will be boosted with all young people and children in England able to access the support they need. Among the proposals is for the introduction of a four week waiting time for those wanting specialist support and also improved support for schools. The scheme will see the new services being delivered by 2022 for one in four schools in England. The chief executive of Young Minds, Sarah Brennan, said the proposals are welcome but are ‘a start’. She explained: “We want young people and children to...

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