Month: August 2018

Teachers do not trust Ofsted – survey

Most teachers do not accept that Ofsted is ‘reliable and trusted’ when it comes to inspecting school standards, a survey has revealed. Indeed, the findings highlight that the longer a teacher has been working in the profession, the less likely they are to believe or think that Ofsted is reliable. The annual survey of teachers found that 54% of respondents believed that having Ofsted inspectors in their school means creating lots of unnecessary work. More than 1,000 teachers were surveyed More than 1,000 teachers were surveyed and 51% of them said they ‘strongly or slightly disagree’ that Ofsted is...

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Ofsted plans to tackle ‘exam-factory schools’

Ofsted is planning to clampdown on exam factory schools by bringing in a new framework for inspections that would judge the quality of education being provided to pupils. The aim would see the use of exam results being downgraded as a way to measure a school’s quality. The planned move to the new measures was leaked to a national newspaper, but the Department for Education has restated its desire to use exam results as being the best way to judge a school’s performance. The Sunday Times reported that the chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, wants to bring an...

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Data literacy among governors and teachers needs improvement

The academic performance of disadvantaged pupils can be boosted if data literacy among school governors and teaching staff is improved, researchers claim. In a report from the Department for Education, researchers compared the performance of schools in London and those outside. They found that outside London in lower performing primary schools there’s a different approach in practices and cultures. Among these is a belief among governors and teaching staff that data can be used to benefit individual pupils and not just serve a system of accountability. The report, ‘School cultures and practices’, is aimed at boosting the attainment of...

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Teacher gaps in early years ‘risk child’s futures’

England’s nursery schools are currently short of 11,000 early years teachers and this could be putting children’s futures at risk, says a charity. The findings from Save the Children highlights that a lack of graduate teachers in early years could be putting children at the risk of falling behind others before they even begin school. The charity says that for the best start in life, all children need to be in childcare that is being led by graduate early years professionals. The charity’s warning comes just days after Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said there was a ‘persistent scandal’...

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