Will technology eventually lead to the end of GCSEs and A levels?

Will technology eventually lead to the end of GCSEs and A levels?

Simon Lebus, the chief executive of Cambridge Assessment has stated he believes technology could replace final exams in the near future. Ongoing computer based assessment could take over during the next 20-30 years and the technology to do this already exists.

Grammar Schools reaction to the appointment of Damian Hinds

Grammar Schools reaction to the appointment of Damian Hinds

Grammar Schools heads are excited and have welcomed the appointment of Damian Hinds as it will in all probability put the plans for expanding the grammar system back on the agenda. Damian Hinds was educated at a Catholic Boys School and his appointment by Theresa May has lead many to the conclusion that there will now be far greater support from the DfE in terms of prioritising the expansion of […]

Schools should embrace and build strong relationships with parents

Schools should embrace and build strong relationships with parents

A leading headteacher has said that in today’s micro pressured world of education that it is more important then ever for schools to embrace and build bonds with parents for the sake of the pupils. It’s a proven fact that when families and schools are on the same page that children achieve more and stay in school longer.

Confusion in the government over early years pledge

Confusion in the government over early years pledge

The government is coming under increasing pressure from campaigners to clarify confusion around the pledge for 30 hours of funded early education. The state have yet to confirm exactly how much of the 30 hours has an educational focus and this has worried campaigners.

Head of ASCL calls for a change of approach

Head of ASCL calls for a change of approach

Teaching must be exhilarating, exciting and people should enjoy it according the Geoff Barton the head of ASCL. This is an opportunity for those in the profession to play the key role in our nations best resource – young talent. Too often there are doom and gloom stories that rip the life and soul of of what should be one of the most rewarding careers available.

Pupils are badly prepared for future careers due to a lack of funding

Pupils are badly prepared for future careers due to a lack of funding

A parliamentary think tank says the education system is failing students by not preparing them for future careers by giving them the skills that businesses need. The two main reasons provided are that schools are not adequately funded in this area as well as high-staes accountability measures. Career advice is patchy and does not serve the needs of disadvantaged children in particular those with SEN and disability.

New primary assessement plans receive a mixed response across the UK

New primary assessement plans receive a mixed response across the UK

The new primary assessment plans have received a mixed review across the UK with may Heads not sure what to make of the proposals. Some major changes included getting rid of statutory tests at KS1 and bringing back a baseline assessment for all pupils. NAHT’s deputy director Nick Brook said “for the first time in years we are looking at a retreat from the rising tide of testing, moving the […]

Huge workloads, poor pay and respect for teaching at an all time low

Huge workloads, poor pay and respect for teaching at an all time low

The teaching profession seems to walking blindly into the abyss with huge workloads, poor pay and respect for the profession at an all time low. It is no surprise that people do not want to become teachers anymore. The teaching profession face a recruitment crisis like never before with attracting and retaining quality staff becoming harder and harder and in some cases nigh on impossible. The UK does not train […]

Schools and teachers are facing a tough and challenging future – Angela Rayner

Schools and teachers are facing a tough and challenging future – Angela Rayner

Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has issued a stark and bleak outlook for the future of our schools. She highlights funding cuts. teachers supply and the governments commitment to grammar schools as the main areas of her concern. For the first time in a generation schools will actually face real term cuts in funding as the schools budget will not be protected in real terms and it will also […]

Wilshaw admits “I was wrong to dismiss teachers stress”

Wilshaw admits “I was wrong to dismiss teachers stress”

Sir Michael Wilshaw has backtracked on a comment he made during his tenure as Ofsted Chief Inspector. Refering to his comments in an interview with the TES he stated his one regret was where he said about teachers “not knowing what stress is”. He made the comments during his intial months as Chief Inspector and recently conceeded that “Knowing what I do now I wouldn’t say that” even though he […]