Month: December 2018

Better mental health support for pupils in England

A new plan to make expert mental health support available for schools and colleges in England has been revealed by the government. The initiative will see mental health support teams being based in or near colleges and schools in 25 areas. These teams will begin offering support from next year and will offer help for up to 8,000 young people and children in approximately 20 colleges and schools within their locality. The teams will essentially build on the support that’s already in place from nurses and school counsellors to support youngsters with a range of mental health issues plus...

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Study finds academy chains underperform for disadvantaged pupils

Many academy chains in England are struggling to improve attainment for disadvantaged children, a study has revealed. Research by the Sutton Trust into the impact that academy chains have on attainment for pupils from low-income families reveals that two-thirds of the chains performed below average. The charity also highlights that few of these academy chains have a transformational impact on disadvantaged pupils within their school community. In addition, many chains are also struggling to improve attainment significantly among the poorest pupils. Performing above the national average Researchers looked at 58 academy chains over five years and found that the...

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University grade inflation could lead to fines

Fears over grade inflation for first-class degrees has led to the universities’ watchdog to threaten fines on institutions found to be doing so. The threat comes after the proportion of first-class degrees increased to 27% from 16% in just six years. Now the Office for Students (OfS) is threatening to fine or remove universities from the official register if spiralling degree grade inflation is not tackled. The OfS has revealed the size of the issue which affects most institutions in the sector, with 84% of universities having unexplained growth in the numbers of first-class degrees being awarded. From the...

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Poor behaviour by pupils leads to teachers quitting

Faced with disruptive pupil behaviour in schools, many teachers say they have considered quitting the profession as a result, a survey reveals. The findings from the think tank Policy Exchange highlights that 75% of teachers regularly have to deal with disruptive behaviour. The survey also highlights that two in three teachers have, or are, considering leaving the profession and 71% of potential teachers say they are being put off from the profession over worries about poor pupil behaviour. More than half of teachers say that the quality of children’s education is being affected by disrupted lessons and 45% of...

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Growing numbers of pupils going hungry, say teachers

A teachers’ union is warning that schools are increasingly being overwhelmed by funding cuts and growing levels of poverty, with many pupils going hungry and turning up to school in England badly clothed. The National Education Union says that poverty levels are growing and are now having a ‘devastating’ effect on children. The union’s survey paints a picture of harsh poverty with teachers saying that poor housing, a lack of food and unsuitable clothing are now overwhelming their pupils. The union’s joint general secretary, Mary Bousted, said: “The government is out of touch with what it means to live...

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