Advisor appointed to boost local support for care leavers

International Teaching

1/8/17

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 special

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State schools' medical students outperform private school peers, study finds

International Teaching 

30/7/17

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 to

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HOW CAN AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT MOST READILY REACH HIS/HER FULL POTENTIAL?

International Teaching

29/7/17

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 the

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Back to school: Third of girls find personal appearance one of their biggest worries after summer holidays

International Teaching

28/7/17

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 pupils

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New Teachers, New Term, New Professional Standards

International Teaching

27/7/17

As Wales continues its national mission to transform education and raise standards, newly qualified teachers commencing induction from 1 September will start using the new professional standards for teaching and leadership. Developed in partnership with teachers across Wales, the new standards concentrate on the essential elements of every teacher’s work – pedagogy, collaboration, leadership, innovation and career-long professional learning. 

Exam cheating scandal: How a lovestruck pupil's boast sparked investigation

International Teaching

27/7/17

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 scholars

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Teachers ‘£5,000 a year worse off under the Tories’, Labour says

International Teaching

26/7/17

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.

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Top independent schools for GCSE results: How did your school rank?

International Teaching

26/7/17

This year’s GCSE exam results have revealed that nearly two thirds of entries from independent schools were awarded an A or 7 or above this year. This 62.9 per cent rate among candidates at 507 ISC schools is three times higher than the national attainment for top grades this year, which stood at 20 per cent. It also represents a 0.8 percentage point rise compared to last year, while the C/4 pass mark also increased by 0.1 points to 94.9 per cent. This year, changes in GCSE regime meant that a new numerical system was used to mark three key subjects in England - English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. In an attempt to toughen up GCSEs,

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Government orders investigation into public school cheating scandal as regulator considers change in rules

International Teaching

25/7/17

An investigation was tonight ordered into the private school cheating scandal as ministers suggested that teachers could be banned from setting exam questions. Schools minister Nick Gibb confirmed that Ofqual had begun an inquiry following revelations reported by The Daily Telegraph which saw at least four leading public schools investigated over allegations of malpractice. It came as the exam board at the centre of the disclosures admitted that the scandal could have involved other schools as it urged parents or teachers with information to come forward.

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Schools warn of pupil places ‘crisis’ as half of councils fail to meet rising demand

International Schools

25/7/17

Schools in some local authorities are already operating at over 100 per cent capacity – a problem set to grow with the coming spike in the secondary-age pupil population go up. Experts said thousands more families can expect difficulties in securing secondary places in the coming years Dan Kenyon Parents vying to secure a secondary school for their children in the next five years face the worrying possibility of not getting a place, as councils warn of an impending crisis over a lack of pupil capacity across Britain. Almost half (49 per cent) of councils are at risk of being unable to meet rising demand for places within the next five years. This means up to 125,000 children are

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Cambridge University student who burned £20 note in front of homeless person says he 'abused his privilege'

International Teaching

25/7/17

Cambridge University student who was filmed burning a £20 note in front of a homeless person has apologised, saying he “abused his privilege", as his College called on students to “support” his return. Ronald Coyne, who claimed he is a relative of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was kicked out of university’s Conservative Association earlier this year after being filmed wearing  a white bow tie and tails as he burned a £20 note in front of homeless person. The law student has now written a letter of apology, as he prepares to continue his studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge University next month. His college circulated the letter among his peers in the “hope” that it

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