Welsh report shows education is “uniting in a mission of self-improvement”

Welsh education secretary, Kirsty Williams, has welcomed the Estyn Annual Report from the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, which shows that Wales’ education system is “uniting in a mission of self-improvement”.

Most Scottish secondary teachers ready to strike over pay, survey suggests

The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) has found that 64 per cent of teachers are prepared to take strike action.

NAHT calls for a 'blank sheet of paper' approach to inspection in Wales

NAHT Cymru and NEU Cymru have written to the cabinet secretary Kirsty Williams to suggest a moratorium on Estyn inspections during the period that schools are implementing the new curriculum in Wales.

Education secretary launches Global Celebration of Education

New Education Secretary Damian Hinds welcomed counterparts from across the world to the Education World Forum to share ideas and expertise.

 Schools plan to increase ICT spending for the first time in three years

A new report by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found that school spending on ICT is set to rise for the first time in three years.

Government to launch programme to prevent “holiday hunger”

A new programme of research and pilots to look at ways to tackle “holiday hunger” for pupils from disadvantaged families is set to be launched.

Schools need to do more to teach dangers of sharing sexual content online

A new report by think tank Demos suggests that schools need to be doing more to teach children about how dangerous sharing sexual content online can be,

 Healthy eating campaign for Scottish primary pupils relaunches

Sports stars have helped relaunch the Scottish Government’s Eat Better Feel Better campaign – telling primary school children about their favourite snacks and the benefits of healthy eating.

Welsh review group calls for views on teacher pay

A group reviewing teachers’ pay and conditions in Wales is calling for the public’s views as the Welsh Government prepares to put in a place a new Wales-specific system from September 2019.

Schools invited to take part in Pupil Online Safety Survey

Schools are invited to participate in LGfL DigiSafe and the NSPCC’s Pupil Online Safety Survey.

£700,000 fund to improve language skills in Wales

A new campaign encouraging parents, carers and guardians to take time to talk, listen and play to help their child’s language development and communication skills has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Plans to raise education standards in areas most in need

Education secretary Damian Hinds has announced a package of measures designed to raise education standard by supporting underperforming schools and offering more opportunities for young people.

Teaching unions call for review of teachers and school leaders’ pay

Teacher unions representing the majority of education staff in England and Wales have submitted a joint statement calling for a significant pay increase for teachers and school leaders.

The NAO report reveals that while efforts to boost STEM uptake has yielded some positive results, there remains a need for departments to have a co-ordinated plan of action

Carillion liquidation will “put a strain on schools”

Facilities management firm Carillion is set to go into liquidation, leaving a potential strain on schools which it provides services for.

Increase in teachers needing handouts to cover bills

Teachers are increasingly applying for grants in order to cover transport costs and utility bills.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board meet

The inaugural meeting of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board (TRRB) has been held in order to consider issues of teacher recruitment and retention.

Campaign to boost numbers entering engineering profession launches

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January 2018).

Third of education professionals suffer from depression or anxiety

Thirty-two per cent of education professionals are suffering from mental health issues, new research shows.

Programme to help primary pupils understand news launches

Primary schools can register their interest in taking part in a new programme to help teachers empower their pupils to access, understand, analyse and participate in the news.

 New education secretary makes first school visit

Education secretary Damian Hinds has paid its first visit to at a primary school in Cambridgeshire.

Scottish pupils can now request addition educational support

Changes to the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 have come into force, extended a range of rights for Scottish children aged 12 to 15.

Rise in education salaries for the first time in four years

Advertised salaries in the education sector rose by 4.2 per cent in 2017, the first yearly increase in four years.

Stratford-upon-Avon MP becomes education minister

Nadhim Zahawi, who is the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon has been named education minister in the cabinet reshuffle.

Following the appointment of a new education secretary amid the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, plans to widen access in grammar schools for disadvantaged pupils have been delayed.

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