Month: September 2018

England’s teachers have the lowest job satisfaction

Teachers in England have been revealed to have the lowest job satisfaction in a range of countries surveyed. The findings from UCL Institute of Education looked at teacher satisfaction in 22 English-speaking countries. And none of the teachers in these countries had a lower level of job satisfaction recorded than for England’s teachers. The survey highlights that teachers in Canada, New Zealand, the US and Australia are more satisfied with their jobs. Only Slovakia, Latvia and the Czech Republic recorded a job satisfaction rating as low as England’s. Teacher job satisfaction higher than England The researchers say that in...

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Scotland’s teachers reject ‘derisory’ pay offer

A teachers strike is looming in Scotland after a 3% pay rise offer was rejected as being ‘derisory’. The move comes after the Scottish Negotiating Meeting for Teachers (SNMT), which is an umbrella organisation for teaching organisations, councils and the Scottish government held its recent meeting to reach a pay deal. A spokesman for SNMT said: “The teachers side made clear this was a derisory offer which fails to address a decade of detriment for teachers pay.” He added that while negotiators welcomed changes to pay grade scales, they want the retention and recruitment of teachers to be improved...

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The rich are bending school admission rules – report

The extent to which rich parents are bending the rules on school admissions to access a particular school has been revealed in a new report. The findings from the Sutton Trust highlight that rich parents are the most likely to use ‘dubious or fraudulent tactics’ to get their child into a good school. The education charity also says that nearly half of families with children in a state school have been asked for voluntary financial contributions. Around a third of parents said they feel under pressure to comply in making a donation, with one in three working-class parents saying...

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Teachers warned not to ‘express political views’

The government has issued updated guidance that warns teachers in England’s schools not to express their political views in the classroom. They must not also use school resources for party political purposes. The advice has been handed out by the Department for Education (DfE) in an update given to schools. There is a new section that insists teachers should act appropriately when expressing views, and when using resources, for a political campaign. The advice states that all teachers are responsible for ensuring they act appropriately in terms of the views they express, in particular political views, their behaviour and...

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Parents left guessing by Ofsted cuts, MPs claim

Parents with children in England’s schools are not reassured about the quality of education being delivered, MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says “It is unacceptable” that many schools, that have been rated previously as outstanding by Ofsted, are now exempt from being inspected. The committee says that families are not now able to make informed choices because of cuts to the education watchdog’s budget. However, Ofsted says it remains confident that the inspections offer parents all the assurances they need. Amanda Spielman, the organisation’s chief inspector, said that Ofsted is maintaining excellent levels of assurance despite...

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