PLEASE NOTE THIS IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01HRS FRIDAY 25 MARCH Teachers and school leaders from across the country will be gathering in Birmingham over...
A poll of over 4,000 teachers published in the Guardian makes for some sobering reading. In England, apparently 43 per cent of state-school teachers p...
Drowned out by the contentious budget and announcement that all schools will be made to become academies, there's a chance that you may have missed the Government's announcement last week that it was abolishing parent governors. It is, however, a radical and hugely detrimental change to the way our schools are run and shouldn't escape our attention.
Having school parents on boards was an innovation introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980. She took school milk away. But she supported school parents as governors. I think she would still support them today.
Four days before International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report 2016 Update has been issued, analysing answers from approximately 3,000 re...
Here's the problem. The government's plans are, in reality, a straight transfer of resources and responsibility. These move away from local authorities, and the democratic control that they are subject to, in favour, ultimately, of private organisations who are not accountable in anything like the same way. And who must as a reason to continue to exist, turn in a profit.
What better time to celebrate careers in engineering, and the often unsung contribution engineers and technicians make to societies all over the world? There really is no better time to make a unique contribution of your own.
If we are to celebrate all that women have achieved, surely this basic right, essential for health and dignity, which has held so many women and girls back from their full potential cannot go ignored.
Headteachers are understandably bearish about their school budgets in the run up to an election: so much depends on an uncertain outcome. They typically rein in expenditure on new classroom resources and hold off on any inessential teacher hires. Normally, though, once a government is elected, confidence picks up - and normal, or sometimes greater-than-normal, spending resumes.
Our school kids and their parents should have the right to chose whether or not to participate in contact sports, and be encouraged by the knowledge that they will be well coached and managed. It is no fun and to no advantage for 11 year olds to be chucked into an environment that if poorly coached and badly managed, is as unsafe as the critics claim. That's the real issue.
Last week, one of the million teacher-generated resources on the TES.com platform was singled out for criticism by the media. The resource asked pupil...
Encourage effort over results: Show the pupil that it is effort that is valued more than the end result. Through effort, you can encourage a development of self motivation, the ability to decide on their own goals, and the curiosity to experiment with different methods to achieve outcomes.
Much dramatic language has been used to characterise the current crisis - it has regularly been called a 'perfect storm', a 'nightmare scenario' and a 'toxic mix'. There's certainly some truth in these descriptions. But let's leave aside the hyperbole for a moment, and consider five key reasons for the shortage.
Without a serious re-think about how we encourage new teachers to get into the profession, perhaps coupled with a radical change in approach to the education system as a whole, it is sadly likely that the shortage of teachers England will only become more of a problem.
The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their wealthier peers has widened for another consecutive year... England's children are being failed by Tories. It's time the Government let go of their school structures obsession and focused on making sure every child, whatever school they attend, receives the excellent education they deserve.
As a charity we work with children who are struggling to engage in their education at school. It may be that they are missing lots of school (what is termed persistently absent), being disruptive in class, or struggling to make friends at school. Our practitioners work with the whole family to find solutions to the problems they are going through.