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Protecting your staff’s wellbeing

Written by: John Dabell | Published: 08 September 2016 We are all rightly concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils – but what about the staff? John Dabell discusses why staff wellbeing should be top of your agenda and offers some quick ideas Denmark is considered to be the happiest nation on

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Supply teaching: a beginner’s guide

Supply teaching: a beginner’s guide Primary teacher Colin Cartmell-Browne explores the world of supply and offers some practical tips and advice for new teachers             Ok, so your training has finished and now you’re ready to have your own classroom. Except you’ve not managed to get a job or, and it happens, you don’t quite

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Children who know what course they want to study by age of 10 more likely to get into top universities

A UCAS survey of 16,600 students found that those with a clear idea of their ambitions from a young age were more than twice as likely to get into top universities when they were older. Rachael Pells                                                                                Students from the most advantaged social backgrounds are more than six times more likely to

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Children with disabilities need more educational support, not mockery

Children with disabilities need more educational support, not mockery Lola Okolosie Apparently progressive legislation is being undercut by slashed budgets, pitting councils against parents – and opening up a market for opportunistic lawyers “Crikey, had a great ‘win’ last week which sent some parents into a storm! It is always a great win when the

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Smaller infant class size policy questioned by adviser

An adviser to the Welsh Government has questioned its plans to cut infant class sizes. Prof David Reynolds said evidence suggested reducing classes to under 25 did not bring significant results. He said spending money on teachers’ professional development would be better value for money. The Welsh Government said the policy is an “important issue”

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Schools ministers should explain gaping hole between rhetoric and reality

It has not been the best of times for education ministers. The past few months have been dominated by the fallout from the white paper and a trail of problems and complaints with this year’s statutory tests. It must be tempting to dismiss this overlap of events as no more than a coincidence – after

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Gov U-turn over plan to make schools in England academies

Nicky Morgan says government still wants all schools in England to become academies but will not make it a law. Nicky Morgan’s announcement came after significant Tory backbench opposition. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Controversial plans to force all state schools in England to become academies have been dropped in the wake of protests, only days after

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End primary school ‘chaos’, NAHT heads say

Head teachers cannot and will not endure another year of the “chaos” that has raged in England’s primary schools, a union leader has said. Russell Hobby closed the National Association of Head Teachers’ conference by calling for a fundamental review of assessment of pupils. Pupils should only be formally assessed at the start and end

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Call for ‘a decent education’ for all

Access to good schooling in England is still “patchy” and more must be done to make sure all children receive a decent education, a report says. The Fair Education Alliance (FEA) says while progress has been made in improving standards, this has been uneven, with some pupils missing out. The FEA says more must be

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NUT says tackling teacher shortage ‘should be priority’

Teachers are calling for tackling staff shortages to be made a priority rather than “politically motivated” projects such as academies and free schools. The National Union of Teachers heard warnings of a “crisis” in schools struggling to recruit teachers. Teachers warned of excessive workload and inadequate pay damaging both recruitment and retention. A Department for

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