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More Pupils in England Reach Expected Standard at Key Stage 2
July 11, 2018
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More children across the country met the expected standard at the end of primary school this summer in English and mathematics, amid rising education standards in England, Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb has announced.

Figures published show:

  • 64 per cent of pupils met the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 nationally. This figure was 61 per cent in 2017;children with hands up
  • 75 per cent met the expected standard in reading, up 4 percentage points on last year;
  • 78 per cent met the expected standard in writing. This figure was 76 per cent in 2017;
  • 76 per cent met the expected standard in mathematics, up on 1 percentage point on last year; and
  • 78 per cent met the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling, up 1 percentage point on last year.

The new national curriculum and assessments have set a higher standard in schools and today’s rising results show more pupils are meeting that standard, thanks to the hard work of teachers and pupils, and government reforms.

This year’s results are the third to be released following the introduction of a more rigorous national curriculum assessments in Summer 2016, bringing primary education in line with the best in the world.

Standards are rising in primary schools. There are now 154,000 more six-year-olds on track to become fluent readers today than in 2012, in 2017 the attainment gap between disadvantaged primary pupils and their more affluent peers had narrowed by 10.5 per cent since 2011, and England’s rise up the international PIRLS rankings for literacy put the success of the government’s reforms on a global scale.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: Read more

NHS Health Ambassadors
April 3, 2018
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As part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations, NHS England has teamed up with Inspiring the Future to get more NHS staff into schools on a regular basis talking about the breadth of interesting roles available and encouraging school children of all ages to consider a career in the NHS.

NHS staff Health Ambassadors will help illustrate the connection between what students are studying in the classroom and the potential job opportunities available in the NHS.  It is also an opportunity to highlight the role science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects have for some professional careers in the NHS.

Information for Schools:

If you are a teacher and would like to invite local NHS staff Health Ambassadors to come in to your school or college to talk to your students, you will need to be registered with Inspiring the Future.  You can sign up here.

Once registered, please log in to your Inspiring the Future or Primary Futures account. You can then search for volunteers local to your school using our interactive maps and filter using the sector ‘Healthcare’.

Schools Must Publish How Providers Can Speak To Pupils
March 28, 2018
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Schools must now set out on their websites how providers can request access to speak to pupils about FE courses and apprenticeships.

Skills minister Anne Milton made the announcement today as part of the government’s careers strategy, which came into force in January.

The so-called Baker Clause means that schools must not close their doors to FE colleges and providers wanting to speak to pupils about the opportunities they can offer.

Ms Milton said: “I recognise that schools have needed time to adjust to this new legislation but, now that it is in place, all schools should have published their arrangements for providers to visit all pupils in years 8 to 13.

“I know that schools already provide a range of inspiring and informative careers events, assemblies and options evenings. In many cases, schools can comply with the legislation by integrating a range of opportunities for provider visits into those existing plans and making this information publicly available.”

To comply, schools must publish a policy statement on their website setting out how providers can request access.

“I want every young person, whatever their background, to have a good understanding of both the academic and technical routes that can lead to future success in a rewarding career or job,” Ms Milton added. Read more

Video: GDPR Guidance for Schools
March 24, 2018
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Iain Bradley from the DfE explains how schools can review and improve their handling of personal data.

https://teaching.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/23/video-gdpr-guidance-for-schools/
Why Teachers Leave – Report Published
March 13, 2018
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The Department for Education has published the findings from qualitative interviews with former teachers to explore reasons for leaving teaching. 

The research consisted of qualitative interviews with former teachers to explore and improve understanding of the reasons for leaving teaching.

The research also looked at what would encourage teachers to remain in or return to teaching.

Reasons for leaving teaching

Workload remains the most important factor influencing teachers’ decisions to leave the profession and most suggested solutions to addressing retention were linked to workload in some way. There is evidence that early career teachers made the decision to leave the profession quickly, typically within three months of when they first started to consider leaving. By contrast, more experienced teachers were more likely to consider their decision over one to two years. Teachers’ decisions to leave the profession were generally driven by the accumulation of a number of factors, over a sustained period of time. However, for some teachers, there had been a specific ‘trigger’ point, for example around teaching performance resulting in involvement from the senior leadership team (SLT), feeling undervalued after an issue had been highlighted or a specific behavioural incident involving pupils and parents/carers

Access The Full Report Here

New Bursary to Get Veterans into Teaching
March 7, 2018
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New government bursary of £40,000 available from September 2018 for ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers.

From September, courses at universities nationwide will offer the incentive to veterans who have left full-time employment in the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy in the last five years, or anyone leaving before training begins.

 

The incentive will help ex-servicemen and women – who have spent their career honing the discipline, motivation and unique skills needed to become great teachers – make the transition to the classroom where they can share their expertise with the next generation.

The bursary has been developed as part of the Department for Education’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant – the nation’s promise to those who serve or who have served – and will be offered on priority undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, computing, maths or modern foreign languages.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

Academic standards are rising, with 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools and a record 15,500 more teachers than in 2010. We want this trend to continue and to explore every opportunity to attract the best and brightest into teaching.

Our ex-servicemen and women – who have already contributed so much to our country – have a wealth of experience and expertise that can be shared in the classroom, teaching pupils the knowledge they need to succeed alongside vital skills, such as leadership and self-discipline.

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Schools: LMI Widget
March 6, 2018
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How Will GDPR Affect School?
February 21, 2018
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The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25 May this year, but what will it mean for schools? We take a look at what you need to know and what you need to do to make sure you’re ready.

If you have not heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and you work in a school, you need to get clued up quickly: break the new rules after they come into force on 25 May and the consequences could be damaging both for your school’s budget and reputation.

 

Read The Full Article Here

 

Essential Reading for Careers Leaders in Schools
January 19, 2018
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Primary School Literacy Drive
January 6, 2018
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New Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching and investment in phonics programmes to boost early reading and language skills announced by Justine Greening.

Full Press Release Below:

A Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching is one of a range of measures launched today by Education Secretary Justine Greening to help more children from disadvantaged backgrounds master the basics of reading in primary school.

Today’s series of announcements represents the next step towards delivering on the Government’s ambitious social mobility action plan Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, published on 14 December.

The plan identifies how the Department for Education will deliver equality of opportunity for every young person, regardless of where they live, through five key ambitions. Today’s measures will deliver progress in the first two core ambitions, Ambition 1 to close the word gap in the early years and Ambition 2, closing the attainment gap in school outcomes between disadvantaged young people and their peers.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

School standards are rising with 1.9 million more children being taught in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.

Our ambition is that no community will be left behind on education. Today’s literacy investment will help make sure that not just most, but every child arrives at school with the vocabulary levels they need to learn. And our investment will mean that once they are at school, every child will get the best literacy teaching. We’ve already seen what a difference our approach on phonics has made for children in England.

It is thanks to the hard work of teachers, and the government’s drive to raise school standards to make Britain a country fit for the future, that there are already 1.9 million more children in schools rated good or outstanding than in 2010. Last month a new study found English children had risen up the international literacy league tables, and were now significantly better readers than their American, Canadian and Australian counterparts.

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