Month: April 2019

Traditional subjects replaced in new Wales’ curriculum

It’s being hailed as the biggest education reform for a generation which will see the curriculum in Wales replacing traditional subjects with six areas of ‘experience and learning’. In addition, £44 million is being set aside for training teachers to deliver the curriculum. The plans have been published by the Welsh government for a new school curriculum that will see pupils being taught under six broad areas of learning. Teachers across Wales have helped to create the plans and the government says its new curriculum will ‘break down restrictions and barriers’ of traditional subjects. Under the draft curriculum, there...

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Pupils could be banned from schools without MMR jab

Schools may have to prevent pupils who have not had the MMR jab from attending lessons, the Health Secretary says. Matt Hancock was responding to journalists’ questions about the numbers of those receiving vaccinations falling for the fourth year running. He also criticised as ‘fake news’ worries over vaccination safety fears. And on one radio show, the health secretary said he would not rule out preventing unvaccinated children from attending school in England and Wales. He said: “I’m very worried about this and it is everyone’s responsibility to get vaccinated. It’s good for your family, for you and it’s...

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Lack of technology ‘holds pupils back’

Teachers say that a lack of access to technology in classrooms is ‘holding their pupils back’, a survey reveals. The findings from the National Literacy Trust found that most teachers in the UK say that technology can play a crucial role in helping to boost their pupils’ literacy levels. However, access to software, hardware, as well as wifi in classrooms is poor and teacher training on this issue is inconsistent. In addition, despite 90% of teachers saying that education should help prepare young people for working in the digital workplace, it’s secondary school students who are at the greatest...

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‘National scandal’ of schools off-rolling pupils

An education think tank is urging the government to confront the issue of off-rolling with one politician saying it is a ‘national scandal’. The move by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) comes after figures reveal that more than 49,000 children have, without explanation, stopped their secondary school education. The institute says it has found that 49,100 youngsters who began secondary school in 2012 in England, that’s one in 12 pupils, had left before 2017, for no reason. They are categorised as an ‘unexplained pupil exit’. Also, the figures are much higher than the 19,000 pupils who were estimated by...

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One in five teachers planning to leave profession

An exodus of teachers is set to leave the profession within the next two years, a union survey reveals. According to the findings from the National Education Union (NEU), one in five teachers say they are planning to leave the profession within the next two years. They say their decision has been spurred on by excessive workloads. More worryingly, 40% of teachers and school leaders say they will leave teaching in the next five years. In addition to the high workload, teachers say they are under pressure from excessive accountability and they also point to pressures of dealing with...

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