Month: October 2018

Teachers switching jobs rockets in five years

Researchers say the number one reason for the rocketing numbers of teachers leaving the profession and switching jobs is down to poor job satisfaction. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) says that the government needs to tackle the teacher retention crisis by improving job satisfaction and cutting workload. The organisation’s chief executive, Carole Willis, said: “The recruitment and retention of teachers is an important policy facing England’s education system.” She added that as pupil numbers rise, the number of teachers are not growing sufficiently to meet this demand. This means that retaining teachers is becoming an increasingly important...

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Budget 2018: How it affects schools

It was a highly anticipated Budget 2018 and with just one announcement for schools: Chancellor Philip Hammond says they will get an extra £400 million in capital funding. The in-year bonus is aimed at helping schools ‘buy the little extras’, he said. The government says that schools can only spend the money on capital projects such as maintenance and equipment, and not on revenue outlays, for example, staff salaries. The money equates to an average of £10,000 for a primary school and £50,000 for a secondary school. Capital cash injection for schools News of the capital cash injection for...

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Teacher bursaries ‘waste millions’

Despite enjoying teacher bursaries worth up to £26,000 new graduates are less likely to land a job in a school when compared to an applicant without a bursary, a study reveals. The first official analysis on teacher bursaries and their impact by the Department for Education looked at whether those graduates who get qualified teacher status take up a teaching job. However, the findings have been published as part of a larger report into teacher supply and researchers say more evaluation work is needed. Despite this, the initial findings are a disappointing endorsement for the efforts to use teacher...

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Colleges and schools want more cash in the Budget

A new campaign has been launched urging the Government to increase funding for sixth form education with Monday’s Budget from Chancellor Philip Hammond being targeted. A letter organised by 12 associations representing college and school staff and also students has been sent to the Chancellor and it also launches their ‘Raise the Rate’ campaign. The aim is to increase funding for 16-18-year-old students which has been frozen at £4,000 per student per year. That’s been the case since 2013 and it’s been cut twice since 2010 – though in 2014 the rate for 18-year-olds was reduced to just £3,300....

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Poor pupils fall two years behind

Pupils from poor families who attend a school dominated with pupils from similar backgrounds are two and a half years behind their middle-class peers in education by the time they reach 15, a study has revealed. Around 50% of pupils who are classed as being disadvantaged will be sent to a secondary school where fellow pupils are from similar poor homes because admissions are determined by postcode. Now the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says these disadvantaged schools are struggling to attract the best teachers, despite having more money to spend on recruitment because of the pupil...

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