Union slams Justine Greening for branding two thirds of children not normal

Families in low paid work, armed forces families and foster children will be surprised to learn they are not ordinary, says GMB union. The Education Secretary has branded 68 per cent of England’s children not normal in a speech to promote grammar schools. Children who are eligible for the pupil premium and free schools meals, including children from armed forces families and families with foster children, are all not ordinary according to the Secretary of State. The Department for Education...

Government misses teacher recruitment target for fifth consecutive year – by a lot

The government has missed the teacher recruitment target for the fifth consecutive year - this time by a significant amount. The latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that acceptances to teacher training courses for this year have dropped by seven per cent. Only 26,000 individuals were accepted on to teacher training courses for 2016-2017, meaning that government targets for teacher recruitment in England have now been missed for five consecutive years. Commenting on the drop...

Tens of thousands of youngsters have “dropped out of the school system”

Tens of thousands of children are not being educated either in school or at home, a report has revealed. A generation of kids are being left behind by a combination of bullying, difficult upbringings and having special needs, according to the study. A leading charity is calling on the Government to take urgent action to help identify and support those who drop out - often for months or years at a time. Off the radar of schools and other services...

Hardest hit schools facing financial cliff edge as £1 billion set aside for grammars

Britain's hardest hit schools are facing a financial cliff edge despite the Prime Minister being able to find £1 billion for her pet grammar schools scheme. The government’s ‘flawed’ new funding formula will see the hardest hit schools facing a “financial cliff edge” in 2020, according to a new study. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests 1,000 schools will be forced to take a massive hit of seven per cent per pupil when ‘transitional protections’ run out....

Sometimes it is better to get a B than an A grade

Sometimes It Is Better to Get a B than A: The Truth Every Fresher Should Know You just received your paper from yesterday’s major examination, and you got an A. This, however, is not new to you. Most students aim for straight As in the hopes of being the top of their class or making their parents proud. Whatever is the reason behind this consistent success, students spend more time studying and less time enjoying the actual learning experience. Learning...

Every school in UK faces “Brutal” cuts, says new report

Education Policy Institute study claims £74,000 will be slashed off primary school budgets while secondaries stand to lose £291,000 GMB, the union for school support staff, warned today every school in the UK faces a real-terms per-pupil funding cut thanks to the Government’s brutal national funding formula. According to a new report by the Education Policy Institute, primary schools will face budget cuts of £74,000 on average by 2019/20, and secondary schools will lose £291,000. This is the equivalent of...

How Donald Trump’s presidency could affect international students in the US

International students and professors at US universities were among those caught in the wake of President Trump's revised executive order to ban anyone from six predominantly islamic countries from entering the US. There are currently over a million international students at US universities, and there is concern among them that this ban, along with Trump’s general anti-immigration rhetoric, could have severe ramifications for them. It’s worried colleges too, the Association of American Universities warned that the order could cause irreparable...

“Low priority” sixth form funding now at “1990” levels

Not great news for 16-18-year-olds hoping to get some decent A-levels, as the government has decided that ensuring this age group gets good grades had taken a back seat, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Money has recently been clawed back from schools, after the government ditched its plan to make every school an academy and decided that the funding should be returned to central government rather than used in other areas of the educational system. Now the think-tank...

£9 billion to be spent on new free schools as old ones left to rot

Billions of pounds are to be spent on new free schools while the old ones are left to rot. The shocking figures have been revealed as the education sector suffers a funding crisis, with plans to spend £9 billion on new free schools while current state schools are falling apart described as "utter madness"  by union GMB. A National Audit Office (NAO) report today says 6.7 billionn is needed to bring existing school buildings in England and Wales to a...

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