Cases of four-year-olds arriving at school unable to speak properly on the rise
Four-year-olds who arrive at school without being able to speak properly are on the rise, headteachers have said, as they blame the “pressures” of modern day family life where parents no longer have time to speak to their children. Speech, language and the communication skills of pupils starting primary school was the greatest cause for concern for teachers, according to a survey of school leaders. The poll, carried out by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Family and Childcare Trust, comes as children head back to school for the start of the new academic year.Read more ...
Oxford student union offers emotional 'support' for those affected by vice-Chancellor’s 'snowflake' comments
Oxford University students have been offered emotional “support” by their student union if they were adversely affected by their vice-Chancellor’s comments that it is not her job shield them from controversial opinions. Professor Louise Richardson provoked a furious backlash when she said that students who are upset with their tutors for expressing views against homosexuality should “challenge” them, rather than reporting their tutors to university authorities. The vice-Chancellor’s comments are likely to be seen as a veiled attack on today’s generation of “snowflake” students who are seen as overly-sensitive and quick to take offence. Prof Richardson said she has had “manyRead more ...
UK teaching vacancies 'up nearly a quarter since 2015'
The teacher recruitment crisis has deepened to “worrying levels”, latest figures have revealed, with schools facing an increasing struggle to fill vacancies. As pupils across the country return to the classroom this week, as many as 300,000 will be left without a permanent teacher, analysts have warned. Vacant teaching posts have risen by almost a quarter over the past two years, and are set to worsen as the school-age population rises. School to face 'crisis' in pupil places as demand rises Using data from a quarter of the UK’s schools, analysts for education recruitment service Eteach said there will be 13,969 teacher vacancies at the start of the school year – almost 24 per cent, up from 11,275 inRead more ...
Advisor appointed to boost local support for care leavers
Minister for Children and Families appoints a new National Implementation Advisor for care leavers A new adviser to support young people as they leave the care system has been appointed as part of the government’s drive to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Mark Riddell MBE has been appointed as the National Implementation Adviser for care leavers, and will work closely with local authorities as they drive forward the new duties introduced through the Children & Social Work Act (2017). The role includes helping councils to develop a stronger local offer of support for care leavers, offering Personal Adviser services for all care leavers up to age 25 and delivering on their specialRead more ...
State schools' medical students outperform private school peers, study finds
State schools students are more likely to become high-flying doctors because they are used to battling against the odds, a study has found. Medical students are nearly twice as likely to graduate top of their class if they were educated in the state sector rather than at fee-paying schools, according to research by the University of Aberdeen. It comes despite the fact students from private institutions score slightly higher in the entry tests. Professor Jen Cleland, lead author of the paper, said that state school students tend toRead more ...
HOW CAN AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT MOST READILY REACH HIS/HER FULL POTENTIAL?
There is a conundrum here: how does any of us know what our full potential is? How do we know which subject will be the one that will allow us to shine? How do we know which job we would enjoy the most; which profession we would be the most successful in? Furthermore, the world of work is increasingly focused on teams of people working together. As a result employers are not looking for hard-working all-rounders, but for people who can bring something particular to the team. They want theRead more ...
Back to school: Third of girls find personal appearance one of their biggest worries after summer holidays
Going back to school can be an anxious time for pupils and parents alike, with new rules, textbooks and academic expectations often keeping children awake the night before the first day of term. But in 2017, one of the biggest worries for young people heading back into the classroom is in fact the way they look, new research suggests. Not only are girls more likely to have concerns about their appearance than boys as they return to school after the summer holidays, but all genders were found to become increasingly anxious as they get older. The survey, commissioned by the Be Real Campaign, found that more than one in four (26 per cent) of secondary age pupilsRead more ...
New Teachers, New Term, New Professional Standards
Exam cheating scandal: How a lovestruck pupil's boast sparked investigation
It is the scandal that has led to the sacking and suspension of teachers and raised questions over the propriety of some of the country’s leading schools. But now it can be revealed that the exam cheating scandal may have begun with a romantic gesture intended to win a young woman’s heart. The Telegraph has learnt that one of the controversies ensnaring four leading public schools came to light when a student in the possession of leaked details of his exam paper boasted to a girl he was trying to impress. It follows a series of disclosures by The Telegraph into exam malpractice at schools including Eton and Winchester College, which resulted in two senior scholarsRead more ...
Teachers ‘£5,000 a year worse off under the Tories’, Labour says
Teachers are more than £5,000 a year worse off than in 2010 due to the public sector pay squeeze, according to analysis of official figures by Labour. The Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, said stagnating wages had created a recruitment-and-retention crisis in the profession. Wages rising in line with consumer-price inflation would mean teachers would now earn an average salary of £40,500, up from £34,800 in 2010. But the actual figure is £35,100, according to the report. “It is no surprise that schools are facing a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention when the Government has handed teachers a real-terms pay cut year after year,” said Ms Rayner.Read more ...