Author: Steve Lumley

Fewer than 5% of poor white students in 50% of universities

It’s been revealed that around half of the universities in the UK have poor white students accounting for less than 5% of their total student population. The National Education Opportunities Network (Neon) has published a report that reveals the number of white students who are attending top universities from deprived areas. Their figures highlight that the University of Oxford has 3% of poor white students, while Teesside University has 28%. The organisation says that not enough universities have a clear target for recruiting white working class students. The education secretary, Damian Hinds, says there is a strong risk of...

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Girls should dispel ‘misconceptions’ on Stem subjects

The misconceptions held by girls on Stem subjects should be challenged since data reveals that boys usually prefer the subjects, the schools’ minister says. The findings from the Department for Education show that the proportion of boys who say that their favourite subject is within a Stem field is nearly double that for girls. From the survey, 59% of boys chose a Stem subject, compared with 32% of girls as a favourite. The Stem subjects, which include science, technology, engineering and maths, has led to Nick Gibb, the schools’ minister, calling for teachers, politicians and parents to try and...

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Government accused of ‘lowering the bar’ on recruitment

In a bid to beat the shortage of teachers in England’s classrooms, the government is being accused by teacher training providers of ‘lowering the bar’. They say that they are being put under pressure to justify their decisions for rejecting candidates. Now, the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) says that the answer to recruiting more teachers is not to make it easier for applicants to enter the profession. However, the government says that its recruitment requirements have not changed. They also point out that for those who gain qualified teacher status, then they must have met the...

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Teachers face a 2% ‘affordable’ pay rise cap

The government says that a pay rise for teachers should be capped at 2% because this is what ‘schools can afford’. This is despite strong pressure from teaching unions urging a pay rise of 5%. However, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has submitted evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) saying that a 2% pay rise is affordable. He wrote: “With the cost pressures being faced by schools, the headroom that is available for an increase in teacher pay is affordable nationally.” However, he also stated that there is no guarantee that a teacher pay increase would be...

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Academy schools are struggling with deficits – report

Despite years of cost-cutting, growing numbers of academy schools in England are being forced into mergers because of financially unsustainable deficits, a report reveals. The schools are merging into large academy chains in a bid to reduce costs and manage their deficits more easily. A report from Kreston academies group has highlighted that more than half of schools last year had an operating deficit. Resource sharing within multi-academy trusts From a study of 1,000 academies, they say that only severe cutbacks and resource sharing within multi-academy trusts prevented this figure from being much higher. The group says that the...

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