Month: October 2018

40% of NQTs suffer mental health issues

Around 40% of NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) say they’ve suffered from mental health issues in the past year, a study has revealed. The findings from the charity Education Support Partnership highlights that teachers who are less experienced are more prone to experiencing insomnia, panic attacks and mood swings than their fellow colleagues. The charity also reveals that 52% of NQTs who have less than five years of experience have considered recently whether they should leave due to well-being and health pressures. The findings were published by a national newspaper and highlight that 31% of all teachers say they have...

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Ofsted reveals exam results are no longer its focus

Pupil grades and exam results will no longer be the key focus when Ofsted inspectors carry out school inspections in England, it has been revealed. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, says that by focusing on performance previously has led to the narrowing of what schools teach. She added that school inspections had placed too much importance on their exam results. Headteachers and teachers alike have been arguing that Ofsted’s focus on school league tables and exam data has turned England’s schools into ‘exam factories’. The Nasuwt’s leader, Chris Keates, said that most teachers will welcome the opportunity...

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£24m boost for North East schools

Teacher training and school improvement will be boosted with a £24 million cash injection for schools in the north east of England, the government has revealed. The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced that the money will be spent on helping young people who, he says, are ‘missing out’ and there are concerns over the quality of secondary schools in the north east. The move follows growing pressure for the government to extend its flagship Opportunity Areas for social mobility after they were unveiled in 2016. There are currently 12 of these opportunity areas, but none are in the...

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Claims on school funding face investigation

Claims by the Department for Education over school funding have sparked an investigation by an official watchdog. The UK Statistics Authority was created to prevent the government and ministers from misusing official statistical data. Now the authority is stepping in after BBC News reports showed that education ministers who defended their state school spending record had also included money spent on tuition fees by university students. And, more surprisingly, the figures include what parents have spent on private school fees. The BBC’s figures were confirmed by the think tank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that compiles comparisons...

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Funding boost for schools and colleges announced

Schools and colleges have received a £114 million funding boost to help pay for staff training and for buying new equipment. The announcement was made by Damian Hinds, the education secretary, who has revealed that £66 million is to be shared between 21 colleges and 32 schools with the aim of sharing their expertise to help boost the teaching maths and English results in other centres. There’s also another £10 million for improving the training on behaviours for teachers, helping support the best schools and their sharing knowledge of their behaviour skills and updating the Government’s guidance for behaviour....

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