Month: April 2018

Call for Education Secretary to address teacher supply crisis

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds is being urged to address the country’s teacher supply crisis as a matter of urgency, a letter published by several organisations reveals. The call is led by the National Association for School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) who have issued a joint letter with other organisations including the Teaching Schools Council, the Chartered College of Teaching and the University’s Council for the Education of Teachers. Not only do the groups share their concerns over the situation of teacher shortages but also offer recommendations help resolve it. The organisations say they welcome measures that have already been...

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Growing numbers of teachers calling support helpline

A helpline for teachers needing emotional support has seen a 37% rise in the numbers calling over the last year. The helpline is run by the Education Support Partnership and between April last year and March they dealt with 8,668 calls. The numbers who said they are a teacher grew by 37% over the same period to reach 3,136 cases. The helpline is available free of charge to lecturers, staff and teachers working in education in England, Wales and Scotland. A union has previously highlighted that one in three teaching staff are suffering with depression and anxiety. Those contacting...

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Teachers with Northern accents told to speak ‘middle class’

It’s been revealed that teachers are being told to ditch their Northern accents and encouraged to speak with a ‘middle class accent’ instead. The revelation is in a new book from a Manchester University lecturer which reveals that trainee teachers with a Northern accent have been told to change the way in which they speak to pupils. Many of those who are entering the teaching profession have been told that when addressing classes they need to adopt ‘Southern pronunciation’. Now the book’s author is calling for the linguistic guidance that is issued to new teachers in England and Wales...

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Schools struggle in ‘desperate financial climate’

Headteachers have warned government ministers that their schools are continuing to struggle in what they call a ‘desperate financial climate’. The heads have written to the Education Secretary Damian Hinds as well as the Chancellor Philip Hammond to highlight the stark reality of trying to run schools on their current funding levels. The teachers make clear that they need extra cash because their costs are spiralling and many services have had to be reduced or cut, a national newspaper reports. The letter has been written by more than 80 headteachers from West Yorkshire and they say their schools are...

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Union plans to scupper national tests for 4-year-olds

A major teaching union says it will scupper the government’s plans for introducing a national test for four-year-olds when they arrive at school. The union is now urging the schools that are taking part in a pilot programme to boycott the baseline tests that will begin in September 2019. The National Education Union says the proposed testing of young children is ‘immoral’. The promise to undermine the tests was made at the union’s annual conference in Brighton with the test in English and maths being introduced as part of scrapping SATs, or national curriculum tests, for seven-year-olds. The government...

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