Month: September 2018

Bursaries announced for graduate trainee teachers

The government has announced that it will extend teacher training bursaries to four more subjects for graduates with 2:2 degrees. The recruitment plans will see graduates receive bursaries for training in history, religious education, music and design technology. The bursaries scheme will be for those graduates entering training from 2019/20. Currently, the training bursaries are offered only to trainee teachers in those four subjects if they have a 2:1 degree or a first class degree. The announcement comes after news that the government has missed recruitment targets for teachers, particularly for DT and RE. Receiving tax-free bursaries The move...

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School pension contributions will rocket next year

The amount of school pension contributions being made from next year will rocket by 40% , which could see school budgets being stretched even further. The Department for Education has contacted headteachers to say that the pension contributions from their schools for teacher pensions will rise to 23.6% from next September. Currently, employers contribute 16.48% of a teacher’s pension. The move follows evaluation by the Treasury of all public service pension schemes. Extra funding to meet additional pension costs However, the Department for Education has said previously that it will provide the extra funding that schools will need to...

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Headteachers to march on Parliament over school budgets

Demands for improved school budgets will see 1,000 headteachers marching on Parliament on Friday (28 September). The headteachers will hand in a petition that is demanding the government provides a budget ‘that’s fit for purpose’ after years of budget cuts. They say the lack of money has led to teacher redundancies, dilapidated schools and under resourced departments. The heads also say that a new pay deal being offered for teachers is unfunded and will make their budget crisis even worse. There are reports that schools are increasingly asking their parents to contribute financially with many schools combining classes with...

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Labour plans to end academies and free schools

Labour has announced that it will bring an ‘immediate end’ to the academy and free schools programme as being ‘not fit for purpose’ should it win power. The shadow education minister Angela Rayner revealed the plans to the Labour Party conference but made clear that those secondaries and primaries that have already left local authority control are not going to be affected. Instead, Labour says that school admission powers, along with building new schools, should be returned to local councils. So far, two in three secondary schools and one in five primaries have become academies or free schools. Academies...

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Universities warned over ‘world’s best’ claims

Universities are being warned about making false ‘world best’ claims on their websites to attract students. Researchers from Which?, the consumer magazine, say some universities are using league table positions that either do not stand up to close scrutiny or are unverified to make their claims. Which? says this is confusing potential candidates over which institution they should choose. The findings come a year after several complaints were upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over misleading information being given by universities. The ASA then advised universities to be clearer in their claims and to substantiate them. Claims being...

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