League tables branded a 'nonsense'

BBC - 9 hours 34 min ago
Scores of England's top private schools are expecting to be at the bottom of the secondary school league tables, following confusion over IGCSEs.
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Trevor Averre-Beeson reveals the dark side of being a successful headteacher in new book

The Independent - 10 hours 15 min ago

Imagine being head of a school where the pupils go round chanting "we don't need no education" for much of the time. That was the task which beset Trevor Averre-Beeson when, in 2002, he took over at the helm of Islington Green School in north London – whose pupils provided the singing support for Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall".








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Why the league system no longer measures up

The Independent - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 22:30

Today's league tables make clear one big challenge facing the next government: the need to reform the accountability system for schools.After more than 20 years of league tables, the school system is too compliant and too ready to respond to changes in published performance indicators. And governments are too ready to modify indicators to drive change.








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Schools watchdog chief denies Ofsted has anti-Christian agenda

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 19:01
Sir Michael Wilshaw says free schools penalised for ‘narrowing curriculum’ as MPs report parents’ anger at questions to pupils

The chief inspector of schools has been forced to deny that Ofsted had a political agenda against Christian schools after he came under fire from MPs following damning reports by inspectors for two free schools.

MPs on the Commons education select committee said they had been inundated with emails from parents who were furious about Ofsted’s findings and inspectors’ questioning of children.

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Trojan Horse schools are 'still under threat’

The Independent - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 18:31

Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham are in danger of falling to extremists again, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.








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Staff shortage at Trojan schools

BBC - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:35
Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are struggling to recruit staff, the Chief Inspector of Schools has told MPs.
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St Alban's ARK Academy in Birmingham – in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:11

St Alban’s ARK Academy multi-faith school in Birmingham. Photographed by Newsteam for the Guardian

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Birmingham school unites faiths: not through grand gestures but hard work

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:11
St Alban’s C of E academy, in city reeling from Trojan horse scandal, highlights common bits shared by religions in effort to truly integrate communities Continue reading...






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Islamist radicals will reclaim 'Trojan Horse plot' schools without extra funding, Ofsted chief warns

Telegraph - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 13:47
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector, says radicals 'have gone to ground' but will return in Birmingham schools unless there is extra funding to recruit better teachers






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Postdoc diaries – six months on from the job hunt

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 11:53

We get back in touch with two PhD graduates six months on from defending their viva to see if they’ve finally secured work

More from the postdoc diaries series
Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips
What to do if you don’t work well with your supervisor

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International students: don't be afraid to get involved in protests

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 10:16

Political campaigning can be complicated for international students in the UK – but they shouldn’t be put off making a stand

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How I teach students about equality: only Smarties have the answer

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 07:00
Agnes Arnold-Forster shares her best lesson, engaging young pupils in debates about injustice and equality with the help of chocolate treats Continue reading...






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Trying to prevent radicalisation with humour

BBC - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 04:44
Can this man stop young people becoming radicals?
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Primary school standards 'decline'

BBC - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 21:19
The standards of primary schools inspected in Wales declined in 2014 compared to previous years, according to education watchdog Estyn.
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British lessons in primary schools will protect UK from terrorism, says Nicky Morgan

Telegraph - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 20:00
Nicky Morgan: 'No school should be exempt from promoting fundamental British values, just as no school should be exempt from promoting rigorous academic standards'






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Nicky Morgan calls for Ofqual U-turn on scrapping science practicals

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 19:34
Education secretary criticises move to keep lab work out of A-level and GCSE results, in first test of regulator’s independence

The education secretary has called for practical science experiments to be retained as part of GCSE and A-level exam grades in England, after publicly rebuking the exams regulator, Ofqual.

In a strongly worded speech at the Politeia thinktank in London, Nicky Morgan said that dropping practical lab work from both A-level and GCSE results would harm the next generation of scientists. She added that Ofqual should reconsider the move.

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The Guardian view on Syriza’s Essex connection

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 19:27
Oxbridge graduates may rule in Britain. But a different British university is making the running in Greece Continue reading...






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VIDEO: Academies: The pupils' view

BBC - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 18:33
Petchey Academy pupils and the school's principal explain how they think the school has changed since becoming an academy.
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Black and Asian school-leavers 'more likely' to attend university

The Independent - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 18:29

Black and Asian school-leavers are more likely to go to university than their white counterparts, it was emphasised today as a leading headmaster claimed none of the three main political parties had serious policies for tackling the lack of social mobility in the UK.








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Black and Asian school-leavers more likely to go to university than their white peers

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 17:13
New government figures raise fresh concerns about educational underachievement among white pupils

Black and Asian young people leaving school are more likely to go to university than their white counterparts, according to new government figures that will raise fresh concerns about educational underachievement among white pupils.

Of youngsters educated in the state sector, 64% of Asian students and 62% of black students went on to higher education in 2012-13, compared to just 45% of white students.

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