School news roundup

The School news roundup for the first week highlights issues around: teacher recruitment, school location as a factor in achievement, STEM skill shortages and also school dinners. Teacher recruitment The recent TV advert from the Department for Education Get into Teaching aired on 27 October 2015, and positions teaching as a career of choice. It

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Commute drives job applications

Commute drives job applications Schools Week reports. In a recent survey by Schools Week it was found that 40% of teachers and school leaders said that they first considered the commute from home when looking for a new job. A convenient commute, especially as many teachers have children, was the primary concern for teachers. Though

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STEM skills gap

STEM skills gap; really? A recent report ‘Closing doors‘ by the Institute of Physics used the National Pupil Database to explore A Level subject choice by gender in coeducational schools. The hypothesis to be tested – is there a link between subject choice and gender? The report found that yes there was, with nearly half

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A history of Grammar Schools

As Nicky Morgan approves the first grammar school in 50 years; let’s look back at the history of grammar schools, and find out what all the fuss is about… Grammar schools were established in the UK in medieval times to teach the classics – at that time classical languages, Latin and later Ancient Greek. Remember

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Teachers’ pay; more hours less money

Teachers’ pay is hitting the headlines again and for good reason. Teaching and education are of course on the agenda at Party Political Conferences but the current dilemma of extreme teacher trainee shortages and increased class sizes runs deeper than vote courting. The debate is influenced by economic, social and ethical drivers of change, and

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School meals; why they matter

School meals; why they matter Whether you had school meals or took in a packed lunch, we’re pretty sure that you will have an opinion on school dinners – they’re a bit Marmite, you either loved them or hated them. And now as a teacher or parent perhaps, you may hold similar views. But we’d

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Inset days; why we have them

Anyone that doesn’t work in teaching or have children of a school age would probably never have heard of an Inset day. So perhaps we are well advised to start with… …the history of the inset day Inset is an acronym for IN-SErvice Training day, sometimes also referred to as a Baker day which; is

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First day back teaching tips

Teaching tips to ease you into Academic Year 2016 We have pulled together some top tips to ease you back in to school following the summer break. For many of you exam results from IB, to GCSE and A Level will no doubt dominate the conversation. Of course teaching wouldn’t be teaching without changes to

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