Performance related teacher pay rises confirmed

16th January 2013

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has confirmed that pay rises for teachers based on their performance will start to come into effect from this September. The controversial plans were the result of recommendations made by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), and have divided opinion within the sector, with support and criticism for the proposals […]

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Ofsted announces new inspections for private schools

Ofsted, the UK’s official school inspectors’ body, has announced that they will soon be launching a new crackdown on the ‘uninspiring’ teaching they say is prevalent in too many private schools. According to Ofsted director Susan Gregory, the tuition at many fee paying institutions too often falls below the high standard that would generally be […]

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Minecraft to be made compulsory in Swedish school

15th January 2013

A school in Sweden has revealed an unusual addition to its curriculum which is sure to leave thousands of pupils in the UK feeling jealous: compulsory play on the hugely popular computer game Minecraft. The game, which was originally developed by a Swedish programmer, boasts over 40 million players worldwide, and allows users to build […]

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England footballers feature in school holocaust video

14th January 2013

Members of the England football team, as well as their head coach, are to feature in a new video about the holocaust which is to be sent to schools as part of continued efforts to help more youngsters engage with the tragedy. The stars, including Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart and Roy Hodgson, were deeply affected […]

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Wigan pupils to be taught about pies

11th January 2013

School pupils in and around the town of Wigan in Lancashire are to receive lessons about the history of pies, after councillors reached a deal with an historic local food manufacturer. Pooles Pies were first produced there in 1847, and have proven hugely successful around the region and beyond ever since; they are so well […]

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Schools set to save with new Microsoft arrangement

A new deal that has been reached between the UK government and computer giant Microsoft should help schools to save a total of around £10 million, according to officials from the Department for Education (DfE). The arrangement is an extension of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which has existed between the two parties since 2004, […]

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MP demands more support for cancer recovery pupils

10th January 2013

A parliamentary debate is due to take place imminently, discussing how the education provision and school treatment of children recovering from cancer treatment can be improved. Mark Tami MP, the Labour representative of Alyn and Deeside in North Wales, is expected to lead the discussion after recently talking about the issue on his local BBC […]

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Campaign for increasing autism awareness in school

A senior MP has leant his support to a new campaign intended to raise awareness of autism in schools, saying that far too few children still do not know enough about the common condition. The Conservative Member of Parliament for Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Nigel Evans, spoke of his backing for the ambitious Andersons School’s […]

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Schools set to reintroduce imperial units in class

9th January 2013

A draft proposal by ministers has promised to place more of an emphasis on the learning of imperial measurements within schools. The plans were announced as a result of increasing concerns amongst some that children are not being educated enough about units like pints, pounds and miles, even though they are still used on a […]

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Magic Breakfast call for expansion of Boris scheme

8th January 2013

Those behind a brand new initiative, which will provide many children from less privileged backgrounds with free breakfasts when they arrive at school, have stated that they hope the scheme will prove a success and be expanded before long. Magic Breakfast is a charity which was set up to provide a healthy and nutritious start […]

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