Author: Steve Lumley

More funds for ‘Taking Teaching Further’ in FE

The government has announced that 160 industry professionals will be recruited under the ‘Taking Teaching Further’ banner. The new recruits will work as teachers in further education and will be funded as part of the £5 million programme. The announcement was made by the Skills Minister, Anne Milton, to help support 45 education providers in recruiting experienced professionals into teaching from industry. The professionals will be recruited from sectors including engineering, digital and construction. There’s also another £900,000 to fund 22 projects that will examine ways to boost links between industry and further education colleges so students have the...

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Move to cap tuition fees at £7,500

Students heading to university in England could see their tuition fees being capped at £7,500, a review is urging. The same review, commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May, also says that students should repay their loans over 40 years rather than the current 30 years. There’s also a call for improved funding for students who are in vocational education. In addition, the maintenance grants which help support poorer students and which were scrapped in 2016, should now be reinstated. The Prime Minister said: “It’s time to bring them back, I believe.” The proposals for tuition fees However, since she...

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Government accused over school spending claims

School spending has been pushed into the spotlight by the former head of Ofsted who has accused the government of misleading the public over how much money is really being spent on schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw is the former chief inspector of Ofsted who stood down in 2016 and he told one Sky News show that the government is ‘misleading the public’ with claims that it is spending records amount of money on schools. He pointed also out that there are proportionately fewer children from the North of England who will go on to university than those from the...

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Nine teaching schools hubs created

Failing schools in England are about to be boosted with the creation of nine new teaching school hubs who will receive £2 million for the purpose. These hubs will be testing the school-to-school improvement scheme before it’s rolled out. Now, high performing schools will help struggling counterparts so they make the most of their resources and boost the development and professional opportunities of their teaching staff. The government hopes that the pilot scheme will also show how to retain and recruit teaching staff. The plans have been laid out by the Department for Education on how the government will...

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Teachers will get £2,000 deprived area boost

In a bid to boost teacher numbers, the government is offering teachers an extra £2,000 per year if they agree to work in a deprived area. The payments will be made to schools in deprived and remote communities who are struggling to keep and find teaching staff. The cash will be in addition to the generous bursaries that are already offered to trainee teachers with various areas struggling to recruit in foreign languages, maths and physics. The schools’ minister, Nick Gibb, says that the money will act as an incentive for those teachers in maths and physics for Yorkshire...

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