Primary school league tables

Primary school league tables

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New primary school league table data for England has been published by the Department for Education. The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in national curriculum tests - or Sats - taken at the end of primary school
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Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

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Introducing no-notice Ofsted school inspections will merely serve to drive up teacher workload, warns Yvonne Williams
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Death by Powerpoint?

Death by Powerpoint?

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PowerPoint is under attack but used well, it is still an essential teaching tool, argues Sam Duffy
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Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

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The new GCSE system in England is in danger of "further disadvantaging the disadvantaged", research for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust finds.
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Can EVC save the staffroom?

Can EVC save the staffroom?

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I have just been reading the excellent article from @nicola_slawson in the Guardian about the demise of the staff room as a communal space. Her premise is that this could be down to three main factors:
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Will the election change anything for education?

Will the election change anything for education?

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Figures published today show the Department for Education (DfE) has missed its secondary teacher training target for a seventh year running. Jack Worth looks at what the three main political parties are proposing to solve it…
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Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

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The National Education Union’s annual independent sector pay and conditions survey reveals that pay austerity for private school staff continues unabated, despite increased pay awards in the state sector
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Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

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Working mothers are now too busy to join Parent Teacher Associations, a leading headmistress has said, as people are now less “community minded” than they used to be.
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Wellbeing a much abused word?

Wellbeing a much abused word?

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I have been really inspired by the work of What Works Centre for Wellbeing and have become to realise what a misrepresented word it really is. Wellbeing can be a catchall for so many ideas and products that are not really, in essence, anything to do with the word itself.
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Education is a hot topic in this election

Education is a hot topic in this election

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Ofsted, primary testing, adult education and private schools will all ensure that education is central to the election
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Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

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A primary school was thrust into the spotlight last month when it was revealed it was teaching children in classes of more than 60 pupils. BBC News spent the day at Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon to get a flavour of what it's like to be taught in such an environment
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Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

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Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for the third year in row, with sharp rises in tearfulness, insomnia and irritability among teachers and school leaders, research shows
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Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

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Rapper Lil Jon says he 'wouldn't make music' it if wasn't for an influential teacher
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New hotline for teachers launched!

New hotline for teachers launched!

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Verbal and physical abuse is 'going unchallenged' in too many schools, union says
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The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

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Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association (LGA).
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75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

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School pupils are afraid of telling their teacher if they are getting bullied, new research shows.
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When wellbeing is not wellbeing

When wellbeing is not wellbeing

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An endless succession of staff-wellbeing events can come at the expense of actual wellbeing, says Samantha Dubois
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How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

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Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers. In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing.
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Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

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The figures from NHS Digital, released to BBC London under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed the number of children treated for anaphylactic shock increased by 41% in the past five years
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The dangers of being too committed

The dangers of being too committed

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Working overtime is not something to be proud of – it leads to a culture of unmanageable expectations, warns Guy Doza
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Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

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Eighteen-years-olds in England who are given unconditional university offers before taking their A-levels are more likely to drop out in their first year of degree study, research finds
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England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

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One-fifth of the players expected to compete for England in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday went to the same state school.
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Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

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Government careers advice scheme will fail to reach thousands of young people, councils warn
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Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

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Urged to set their sights high, pupils feel the need to achieve excellent grades. No wonder they feel stressed, says Bernard Trafford
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Robot teachers in Plymouth!

Robot teachers in Plymouth!

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Robots can take just three hours to successfully learn techniques which can be used to support teachers in a classroom environment, according to new research.
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Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

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The Government must take action to address the shortage of psychiatrists, contributing to lengthy NHS waiting times and having devastating effects on people reaching out for support, writes Baroness Parminter.
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Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

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Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found
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Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

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Teach primary school pupils CPR and other life-saving skills from age nine to tackle low cardiac arrest survival rates, say top doctors
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GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

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The nation’s intelligence services are directly looking to recruit people with dyslexia and other neurological differences, the head of GCHQ has confirmed.
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The rise of “County Lines” slavery

The rise of “County Lines” slavery

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There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support. National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year - an increase of 807%.
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Gambling now a problem for younger children

Gambling now a problem for younger children

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Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests.Playing fruit machines was the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and scratch cards
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Mental health training for teachers

Mental health training for teachers

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UK programme aims to help teachers and mental health service providers better work together Teachers can now take advantage of specialist training to help them better support pupils who are experiencing mental health issues. It is thanks to a project being rolled out nationally following a successful pilot.
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Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

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AQA could face class action suit from parents of children who were possibly given 'incorrect' grades
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Royals back mental health awareness

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a government-run school for disadvantaged youngsters in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad
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How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

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As Brexit looms on the horizon, we ask what leaving the European Union will do to the UK’s teacher workforce
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Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

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More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment.
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The power of music

The power of music

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According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
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When wellbeing goes wrong!

When wellbeing goes wrong!

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School ridiculed for asking pupils to raise money for staff room 'biscuits and treats'
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Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

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Many parents 'overwhelmed' in helping pupils navigate the digital world or coping with mental health
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Make homework worthwhile

Make homework worthwhile

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Too often, homework is a waste of time for all involved. So here, Mark Enser gives his view on what worthwhile homework looks like
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More funding for FE vocational training

More funding for FE vocational training

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Gavin Williamson has pledged £120m for new specialist institutes in a bid to “overtake Germany” in delivering the best technical education.
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A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

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Bargain-basement biscuits, home-baked cakes or chopped carrots? Shannen Doherty explores how to keep your colleagues going
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Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

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Call for more schools to sign up to Feet First + 10 reasons to cycle, scoot or walk the school run
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Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

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Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We are not immediately aware of instances in which propaganda has been transmitted on to digital noticeboards without the knowledge of schools.
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Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

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A report recommends pupils should connect with nature. But, says Yvonne Williams, the same could be said of teachers
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New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

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Summer-born children are more likely to suffer depression in childhood, study reveals for the first time
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Research shows poorest pupils hit by education cuts of recent years

Research shows poorest pupils hit by education cuts of recent years

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Funding for poorest pupils ‘cut by more than £220m’ in real terms since Tories came to power, figures reveal
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How to pass your NQT year abroad

How to pass your NQT year abroad

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Doing your NQT induction abroad: all you need to know
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Education unions push for teacher pay rise

Education unions push for teacher pay rise

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A group of education unions have written to the new secretary of state, asking him to boost the proposed teacher pay rise to 5%
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Are GCSE’s needed?

Are GCSE’s needed?

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Tougher GCSEs have been devised when there’s no need for a national qualification at that age, says Bernard Trafford
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How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

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What do trees, shrubs, grasses, green plants, parks, beaches, open fields, and flowering gardens have to do with your mental health?
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8 pieces of crucial research to help teaching and learning

8 pieces of crucial research to help teaching and learning

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https://www.tes.com/news/eight-key-pieces-research-teachers
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Watches to be banned from exams?

Watches to be banned from exams?

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All watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating, says an inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams taken by pupils across the UK.
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Making the right impression in a new school

Making the right impression in a new school

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Want to make a good first impression? Adam Riches offers his essential guide to keeping your foot out of your mouth
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A salutary tale

A salutary tale

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Four days before the start of the new school year, I sat naming my personal stock of green marking pens. I doubt they will make it into October, but every year I buy a reel of Sellotape and get to work.
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Coming into the profession at 45 years young

Coming into the profession at 45 years young

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One child was asleep on his desk; another was preoccupied with her eyebrows, yet within 10 minutes of being back in a classroom for the first time in 20 years I decided to quit my job and retrain as a teacher.
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An interesting take on taxing private schools

An interesting take on taxing private schools

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Private schools should be taxed progressively for anything they charge per head over and above the average expenditure per pupil in state schools. In other words, there would be no taxes for schools that charged the same amount as state schools, small taxes for schools that charged a small amount over what state schools spend, and significant taxes for those that charge significantly higher. It would work just like income tax, with progressively higher bands.
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Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

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I am in debt this week to an enlightening presentation which I make no apologies for highly plagiarising as I thinks its finding are so powerful.
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The rise of home education

The rise of home education

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As the majority of children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland head (largely begrudgingly) back to school after the summer holidays, there are some that won't. In fact, an increasing number will stay at home. Home education across the UK has risen 40% in the last three years.
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Celebrities speak out in new anti-bullying campaign

Celebrities speak out in new anti-bullying campaign

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Will Poulter, Tom Daley and Peter Andre have spoken out about bullying as part of a new campaign aimed at students going back to school this September.
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Do we need a grade 10 at GCSE?

Do we need a grade 10 at GCSE?

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Some independent schools had a majority of GCSE entries awarded at grade 9 this year, with the ISC suggesting there is 'room for a grade 10'
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New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

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The majority of parents believe that getting an apprenticeship gives youngsters a better chance of securing a good job than going to university, according to a poll.
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Where to get advice on mental health for students

Where to get advice on mental health for students

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A new study by YoungMinds highlights a major gap in young people’s mental health support, with 67% reporting being unable to find the support they need. We look at the ways you can access mental health support, from telephone helplines to private therapy
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A welcome boost for entry teachers, but what about the veterans?

A welcome boost for entry teachers, but what about the veterans?

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Starting salaries for teachers in England could rise by up to £6,000 under new government plans. The Department for Education said the move would make new teachers' salaries - set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23 - "among the most competitive" in the graduate labour market.
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Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

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A new study will explore the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing in Irish secondary school students. Details of the ambitious study was announced earlier this week, with the aim of at least four schools in every county taking part.
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Students want limitations on social media access in schools new study says

Students want limitations on social media access in schools new study says

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Ahead of the new academic year next week, British students are calling for tighter rules and awareness around the use of smartphones and social media in schools, according to new research.
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Recruitment crisis looming in Birmingham

Recruitment crisis looming in Birmingham

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In Birmingham, there were 41 permanent posts that were being filled by supply teachers on a temporary basis - on top of a further 34 positions that were not filled at all
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NEU raises concerns about government spending pledges to schools

NEU raises concerns about government spending pledges to schools

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Government’s £3.5 billion school funding pledge ‘still not enough’, say headteachers Concerns were also raised about a new drive on behaviour which includes backing for teachers to use 'reasonable force'
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The international schools’ sector shows sustained growth

The international schools’ sector shows sustained growth

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English-medium international schools enrol 5.6 million children around the world – up from 969,000 in 2000 – and all signs point to sustained global growth for the sector, the latest report by ISC Research has revealed.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

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One the questions I get asked most about by schools once we have dealt with how the system works and...
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New survey indicates a 25 year low in child happiness

New survey indicates a 25 year low in child happiness

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Children are the unhappiest they have been for almost 25 years, new data reveals, as charity experts blame “excessive social media use” for their increasing loneliness and turbulent friendships.
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How to look after your wellbeing in the new term

How to look after your wellbeing in the new term

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Are you living the right kind of life to boost your wellbeing? Jo Steer explores the expert advice on how to prioritise happiness
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A sustainable wardrobe for the new school year

A sustainable wardrobe for the new school year

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When you work in a school, your clothes need to be smart, affordable, practical – but they can also be green. Grainne Hallahan explores how to build a wardrobe that both looks great and helps the planet
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Looming pension crisis in the independent sector

Looming pension crisis in the independent sector

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Private schools will have to raise fees or sack teachers to avoid crippling pensions crisis, union warns
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What NOT to say on GCSE results day

What NOT to say on GCSE results day

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Perhaps your students should have worked harder, but now is not the time to say so – Haili Hughes gives her top five teacher no-nos after the envelopes are opened
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Start the new academic year by looking after yourself.

Start the new academic year by looking after yourself.

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Teachers starting a new year must look after their wellbeing and not put extra pressure on themselves, says Susan Ward
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Is choice at GCSE disadvantaging state school students?

Is choice at GCSE disadvantaging state school students?

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Russell Group universities asking for relatively lower IGCSE grades means 'odds are being stacked against state school pupils
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Grade boundary controversy over BTEC Tech awards

Grade boundary controversy over BTEC Tech awards

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Ofqual has warned there are “significant lessons to be learned” from Pearson’s last-minute decision to raise its grade boundaries for the BTEC Tech Awards, which it admitted had led to “understandable uncertainty and frustration”
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Putting community back into the curriculum.

Putting community back into the curriculum.

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We trust schools to steward the children of today into the adults of tomorrow. They’re certainly apt at nurturing our ability to calculate, compete, and cram – but what about our capacity to connect?
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What NOT to do on A Level results day

What NOT to do on A Level results day

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When emotions are running high, it’s easy to panic or make the wrong joke. Here’s how to avoid putting your foot in it
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Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

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It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?
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New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

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University of Birmingham project helps teachers understand effects of social media
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Could a dog be a schools best friend?

Could a dog be a schools best friend?

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Former Education Secretary Damian Hinds suggests “well-being” dogs to be present in all schools.
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Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

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Worst schools staffing crisis in decades as new teachers quit in record numbers
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The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

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In Channel 4's The Secret Teacher, a businessman goes undercover as classroom support - and is shocked by what he finds
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Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

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A wellbeing initiative needs to be measured carefully to assess its impact. Establishing what you’re trying to improve – and determining how you can measure this – can make the difference between a successful strategy and a waste of time and money.
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How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

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WE ALL HAVE THOSE DAYS WHERE WE DREAD GOING INTO WORK IN THE MORNING.
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Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

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A GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL) could be introduced in the UK before the next general election following a campaign by a deaf schoolboy.
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Fallen short? Clearing explained

Fallen short? Clearing explained

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Ahead of SQA results day, Dorothy MacGinty reassures students that - whatever their grades - there are always options
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Is school uniform necessary?

Is school uniform necessary?

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They're expensive and have no measurable effect on outcomes. So why persist with school uniforms, asks Bernard Trafford
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Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

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Ten years on, Trevor Franse can still recall a schoolboy Joe Root unfurling a stunning, match-winning shot as if it happened yesterday
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Careers advice available after exam results

Careers advice available after exam results

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An online careers support service has been launched in anticipation of young people receiving their exam results in Scotland.
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How to spot a teacher on holiday

How to spot a teacher on holiday

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Think you're blending in with the rest of the crowd on holiday? Think again - a teacher is always easy to spot
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Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

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Why can't teachers just enjoy the long summer school holiday without feeling guilty about it, asks David James
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4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

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This job can shape you in ways that are beautiful, inspiring and – sometimes – pretty darn strange, says Haili Hughes
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Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

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There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.
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Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

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Gavin Williamson has been announced as the new education secretary, in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet line-up.
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