Russell Group schools data criticised by expert

28th February 2013

Michael Gove’s former permanent secretary at the Department for Education has spoken out against the Secretary of State’s decision to publish data showing how many pupils at individual schools go on to study at Russell Group universities. Last July, this revealing ‘destination data’ was put into the public domain for the first time, but the […]

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Psychologist advocates same-sex schools for girls

27th February 2013

One of the best known and controversial psychologists currently practising in the US has restated his belief that girls tend to benefit from studying in same-sex schools, ahead of a seminar due to be held at a prominent boarding institution in Scotland. Dr Leonard Sax, who is scheduled to give a talk later this year […]

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Schools to be issued with annual Ofsted 'report cards'

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of the UK’s official schools’ inspectorate, Ofsted, has announced that all primary and secondary state institutions will now be issued with annual ‘report cards’, designed to give a clear and concise indicator of where they are succeeding or not coming up to scratch. Known as the School Data Dashboard, this […]

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Manchester hails first Islamic-Jewish school twinning

26th February 2013

Staff and pupils at two Manchester schools have hailed what is the first interfaith partnership to have been set up between Jewish and Islamic educational establishments in the city. Two years in the making, the twinning of the King David High School and the Manchester Islamic High School for Girls, in the suburban areas of […]

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Literacy charity recommends reading mentor for schools

A leading literary charity has recommended that all schools in the UK benefit from the voluntary help of a ‘reading mentor’, following the successful completion of a campaign launched by the London Evening Standard. The first and most important point in Beanstalk’s soon to be published Charter for Children’s Literacy is that every primary and […]

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National Union of Teachers prepares for fresh strikes

25th February 2013

Teachers across the UK are making plans to launch a fresh wave of industrial action over government plans to link pay with performance more closely from this September. The strike, which would be the first of its kind in around two years if it goes ahead, is expected to be agreed upon by members of […]

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Ofsted chief criticises schools' 'minor issues' focus

The chief inspector of schools in the UK, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has criticised the priorities of some schools, saying that he believes a number still focus too closely on ‘minor issues’ instead of on getting the most out of pupils and teachers. In an interview with LBC London radio, Sir Michael said that governors at […]

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Talented UK primary maths pupils fall behind

22nd February 2013

A new study by the Institute of Education (IoE) has suggested that primary school pupils who excel in maths in the UK, especially in England, tend to fall behind those of other countries as they progress through the secondary system. According to the research, the top 10 per cent of maths students in

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Surprise Derby schools inspections reveal improvements

The results of a series of surprise school inspections which were launched in and around the city of Derby in January have created ’cause for optimism’, according to the Ofsted officials who carried out the sudden checks. The inspections found that conditions had significantly improved at four of the seven schools which were

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