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Increased class sizes become major election issue

21st April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to keep class sizes down if he wins the general election in a speech today. Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. Corbyn spoke in response to Labour Party analysis of Department for Education data released in January which…

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Most teenagers happy with their lives but schoolwork anxiety and bullying an issue

20th April 2017

Teenagers who feel part of a school community and enjoy good relations with their parents and teachers are more likely to perform better academically and be happier with their lives, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of students’ well-being. Students’ Well-Being: PISA 2015 Results analyses for the first time students’ motivation to perform well in…

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What is going on with Apprenticeship Reforms?

19th April 2017

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has recently announced a pause in procurement announcing last week that having ‘carefully considered the latest round of applications made to the procurement exercise for apprenticeship training provision for non-levy paying employers’. Claiming that the procurement was markedly oversubscribed they have announced a hold in the current competition so they…

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Greening defends grammars in speech about ‘ordinary working class’ children

13th April 2017

The education secretary Justine Greening made a major speech today defending grammar schools, claiming that selective schools already benefit young people from “ordinary working class backgrounds”. In a speech at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, Greening set out her high-level vision for the school system, including a bigger role for universities, independent and faith schools. It…

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More than 130 new free schools to create more good places

12th April 2017

69,000 places to be created in biggest wave of new free school approvals this Parliament. Thousands of new school places will be created across the country following the largest wave of free schools approvals this Parliament, giving more parents the choice of a good school place for their child. The Department for Education has approved applications…

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New Chair of Ofsted Announced.

11th April 2017

Professor Julius Weinberg appointed next Chair of Ofsted. Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening has announced the appointment of Professor Julius Weinberg as next Chair of Ofsted. As former Vice Chancellor of Kingston University and Deputy Chair of Ofqual, Professor Weinberg has had a wide-ranging career in the education sector. Professor Weinberg has served as…

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UK Education is like a patched teddy – not fit for purpose By Charlotte Davies

9th April 2017

As the UK heads towards Brexit it is increasingly dawning on business and Government agencies, like the NHS, just how dependent the UK is on overseas skilled workers. I sat listening last night at Croydon Tech City to various Tech trainers and education organisations promoting Tech and STEM education selling their clubs and websites as…

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Consultations on Primary Assessment in England

7th April 2017

Announcing the launch of consultations on primary assessment and the recommendations of the Rochford Review. Last October, the Education Secretary Justine Greening made a statement to Parliament about the primary assessment and accountability system in England. In that statement, she reaffirmed the importance of a good primary education, and particularly the importance of mastering the basics…

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Myths of ability and the importance of thinking beyond students’ levels to their learning potential By Nigel Newton

5th April 2017

The modern search for an objective way to identify the most able people has been going on for over a century.  In this time we’ve also increased understanding of cognitive ability, the mind and how people learn. However, the relationship between these insights and the nature of school education is that this creates tensions, not least…

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The Education Secretary addresses the Social Mobility Commission

31st March 2017

The Education Secretary addresses the Social Mobility Commission conference about transforming social mobility on the 30th March 2017. Reflecting on her own personal and political life she explained how government policy towards education is trying to directly impact on social mobility. Read the speech in full here………………………………..Unlocking Potential Speech