The Classroom Of The Future

With the recent release of Oculus Rift, gamers are getting excited about the presence of virtual reality in their homes. But have you ever considered how different your school days might have been if this kind of technology had been available in your classroom? Well, that’s something that Hope Education has been thinking about too… Hope Education - a leading supplier of educational supplies in the UK - has developed this engaging tool, designed to show us what the Classroom...

UK Christian schools teaching children gay people are ‘unnatural’ and girls must obey men

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It has been claimed that fundamentalist Christian schools in the UK are teaching children that being homosexual is unnatural and girls have to obey men. Ex-pupils have turned whistleblowers and have come forward to say that various private schools across the UK are teaching these old fashioned prejudices during lessons, reports the Independent. The people who have come forward have said that the textbooks they use told them that creationism is actually a fact, women...

University bans students from throwing graduation caps

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Half the reason I got a degree was to throw the cap into the air afterwards, I knew my degree wasn’t going to get me a job, so the thrill of watching a oddly shaped cap fly into the sky seemed to make up for it…a bit. Well some students at the UEA (University of East Anglia) are not allowed that morsel of use from their degree. A class of law students at the Uni...

Secret Teacher – Now the dust has settled on our grammatically confused week of SATs…

Well, that was a hoot, wasn’t it? SATs are all over bar the awkward meetings where they make up a suitably puzzling grade boundary, and teachers across the land are now able to focus on the more important things in life…or, at least, which set of assessments or report-writing is up next. We laid on snacks for the kids before the tests started, as we know many don’t have a proper breakfast – note to certain parents, sending them off...

Sats test were ‘leaked by rogue marker’

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Department of Education has blamed a “rogue marker” for the online leak of a grammar, punctuation and spelling test. The test is being taken by 600,000 ten and eleven-year-olds. The BBC said a DfE source blamed an "active campaign by those people opposed to our reforms to undermine these tests". The answers to the test appeared Monday night for four hours on a password-protected website. Only three weeks ago a primary school exam was...

Government climbdown over academies plan

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The government’s plans to force all of England’s schools to change into academies has been dropped, signaling a huge policy u-turn. George Osborne announced the initiative during his budget speech, but it was met with fierce resistance from teachers, parents and within his own party. The Chancellor described the move to academies as freeing schools from the "shackles of local bureaucracy". Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, still wants all schools to eventually move towards academy status,...

The Tories Have Set Schools Up To Fail With New SATs

When even school children are going on strike, it’s a pretty shocking state of affairs. If you’re undecided, unsure of the importance of voting in local elections, please read this and figure out where your local council is likely to stand on this issue worth billions of pounds of our local assets and the education of not just this generation of school children, but future ones too. This week, my nine-year-old joined thousands of other children in #LetKidsBeKids strikes around the country, protesting the...

Listen – Schools Minister Nick Gibb gets SATs question wrong

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, failed a SATs grammar question for 11-year-olds on radio today. He had spent the day defending the primary school exams system, which many parents think puts too much pressure on their offspring. However, he manage to get a question wrong, which features on the very tests he thinks eleven-year-olds should ace. Martha Kearney: Let me give you this sentence, “I went to the cinema after...

Secret Teacher -Teaching not in crisis, says Nicky Morgan. Stop sniggering at the back!

As someone in charge of education, surely some things may be a hint you may not be presiding over the most glorious era of our schools’ history. Firstly, the fact teachers are leaving the profession not in a trickle, but in a flood. People who have done a fine job for years are now obliged to give up the job they once loved and lived for. Secondly, parents are now in open revolt over the latest ludicrous round of SATs...

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