Month: February 2018

DfE publishes teacher supply and retention data

In a wide-ranging report, the Department for Education has published an analysis of teacher supply and retention. The researchers also looked at teacher mobility to see how far a newly qualified teacher (NQT) is willing to travel for a new job and whether the Ofsted results for a school will attract teachers. The report, entitled ‘Analysis of teacher supply, retention and mobility,’ also highlights the issue that while a national shortage of qualified teachers is creating headaches for the government and headteachers alike, it is making it easier for new qualified teaching recruits to find a job. From those...

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£745m spent on creating academies

The hefty bill for turning failing schools into academies has cost taxpayers £745 million, it has been revealed. That works out at an average of £106,000 for each school, says the National Audit Office (NAO). They report that more than 35,000 children are being taught in underperforming schools that a year ago were rated as inadequate and have not yet been converted into academies. However, the NAO says that in England nearly 7,000 schools have been converted into academies but there’s a warning that there are growing issues including the lack of willing sponsors to help take responsibility for...

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England’s GCSE awards increase by 2%

Ofqual has revealed that the number of GCSEs that have been awarded in England grew by 2% in 2017 to reverse a downward trend. In statistics published by the watchdog, they reveal that last year they handed out 4,983,980 GCSE certificates – that’s an increase from 2016’s figure of 4,894,330. Ofqual says that the increase is down to schools reacting to league performance changes and GCSEs saw the only increase of all qualifications being awarded last year. There’s been a fall in the number of pupils in secondary school which explains why the number of GCSEs being awarded has...

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Striking lecturers could be held responsible for student failures

Lecturers who are going on strike have been warned by two universities they could be facing legal action and be held partly responsible for student failures because of their action. The universities, City University, London and Reading University, have warned staff in emails seen by one national newspaper that they will be liable for any damages should students sue the university for breach of contract. The University and College Union (UCU) says the threats by the universities are akin to ‘bullying’. The strike action by lecturers at 61 universities is set to begin over a bitter dispute for their...

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Lack of RE teachers could ‘lead to bigotry’

The lack of religious education teachers in schools means that schoolchildren are increasingly at risk of bigotry, a group is warning the government. The Religious Education Council (REC) is calling for the Department for Education to offer a higher bursary for applicants wanting to become trainee RE teachers to help boost numbers applying. The government’s figures show that the teacher training target has been missed for recruiting RE teachers with only 63% of the required numbers recruited last year. Now a spokesman for the REC says: “Without quality religious education being delivered by a qualified RE teacher who can...

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