Nick Gibb

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

School's In For Summer

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A former education minister has said the six-week summer holiday should be scrapped - because poor children forget what they have learned by the time ...

Forget the 'Old Boys' Network'; Play the Ball, Not the Man

Gavin Megaw | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Megaw

It may provide ready-made commentary when looking at the Prime Minister's inner circle, but it's an all too easy excuse for the wider issue of why non-public school students have failed to meet their ambitions.

Governor Quits After Controversial Sex Ed Video Shown To Kids Aged Five

SWNS | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school governor has quit his role over the decision to show a controversial sex education video to children as young as FIVE. The Living and Grow...

B Is For Bigots: Homophobic Bullying 'Rife In Schools'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Homophobic bullying is still common in many schools and often goes unchallenged by teachers, a major report has found. More than half of lesbian, g...

Nearly All Primary School Pupils Prefer Internet To Books, Warn Teachers

PA | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than two fifths of teachers believe children are turned off reading for pleasure by the time they finish primary school, a survey has found. I...

Minister Shocked By Conditions At 'Crumbling' School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schools minister Nick Gibb was horrified to learn children at one of the UK's most dilapidated schools are forced to shelter under umbrellas during le...

Silent Strikes Benefit No One!

Dennis Hayes | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dennis Hayes

'Strikes benefit no-one' said Nick Gibb, the education minister, referring to today's public sector strike. He is wrong. Traditionally when strikes occurred, they made a point.

62,000 Pupils Skipping Classes Each DAY As Truancy Rates Rise

PA | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Rising numbers of pupils are skipping school without permission, official figures showed today. Statistics published by the Department for Educatio...

DfE To Toughen Teacher Training Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Department for Education is to increase the difficulty of teacher training literacy and numeracy tests in an attempt to ensure the highest quality...

What About Preparing Children and Young People for Life Not Just the Workplace?

Sarah Brennan | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Brennan

A positive wellbeing agenda within schools is not only good for pupil's health it is good for having content and happy pupils engaged in the curriculum. Sadly OFSTED no longer inspect for a pupil's wellbeing, instead focusing almost solely on academic performance.

One In Seven Children Rejected By First Choice Of Secondary School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

One in seven pupils in England missed out on their first choice of secondary school this year, official figures show. The announcement follows pred...

Teachers' Manuals Equivalent To Reading War And Peace Three Times Over, Says MP

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should not spend unpaid overtime completing unnecessary paperwork, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced on Monday, after an MP compared them ...

Introducing...The Truant Bus

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school has introduced a new way of getting truanting pupils to class - picking them up in the school bus. Harris Academy Merton, in Surrey, has ...

Children Should 'Always Have A Book On The Go'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children should "always have a book on the go", schools minister Nick Gibb announced as he launched plans for a new national reading competition. Y...

Thousands Let Down By Under-Performing Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tabl...

Thousands Let Down By Under-Performing Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tabl...

Failing Schools 'Will Be Exposed'

PA | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Weak secondary schools that try to play the system or fail to push bright children will be exposed when previously undisclosed information is made pub...

Schools Minister Forced To Defend Academies After Headteacher Challenge

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nick Gibb was forced to defend his government's academy plans after one headteacher's attack on the proposals was applauded by an audience of heads, t...

Only 17 Teachers Sacked For Incompetence In The Past Decade, Figures Show

PA | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

More than 200 school teachers have been thrown out of the profession in the past decade, official figures have revealed. Since 2001, 228 have been ...

One In 10 Primary Schools 'Failing' To Teach Basics

PA | Posted 15.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The Government has vowed to tackle "chronic" under-performance in primary education as official figures showed that more than 1,000 schools are failin...

Clamping Down On Resits: GCSE Overhaul Confirmed

PA | Posted 14.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Schoolchildren will no longer be able to take their GCSEs in separate modules to stop the culture of resits, the exams watchdog has confirmed. Pupi...

First Round Of £2m Teaching Scholarships Announced

PA | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The first round of successful bids to the Government's new £2 million scholarship scheme for teachers has been announced by ministers. The Nationa...

Outstanding Staff Could Become Elite 'Master Teachers'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Outstanding staff who exceed performance standards could be crowned 'Master Teachers' if plans to overhaul the current reward system are approved. ...

Headteacher Qualifications To Be Optional

PA | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A headteaching qualification which is currently required to take charge of state schools in England will no longer be compulsory, the Government says....