Efficiency advisers to help schools with finances

Efficiency advisors will be deployed next month to schools which need help with their finances.

Teachers’ pay continues to be cut, National Education Union says

Teachers’ pay continues to be cut because schools are increasingly failing to give them cost of living increases as well as denying them pay progression, according to the National Education Union’s annual national pay survey.

 Wales plans to put education at the “heart of ambition” by achieving one million Welsh speakers by 2050

A new plan that puts education at the heart of the Welsh Government’s ambition to achieve one million Welsh speakers by 2050 has been published by Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan.

£170 million competition launched for new Institutes of Technology

Employers, education and training providers can apply for a share of £170 million to establish prestigious new Institutes of Technology (IoTs), which will specialise in delivering the higher level technical skills that employers need.

Plans to extend teacher training by a year under consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) has published consultation on plans to reform teacher training and development.

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that the number of maintained schools that are struggling to make ends meet is at its highest in six years.

Education secretary Kirsty Williams has welcomed the latest figures showing absenteeism from primary schools in Wales has fallen over the last decade.

Wales passes Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill

The National Assembly for Wales has passed the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill which aims to transform this area to better support young people.

 Greening unveils plan to boost social mobility through education

An ambitious plan to provide opportunity on every young person’s doorstep and help make Britain a country “fit for the future” has been unveiled today (Thursday 14 December) by education secretary Justine Greening.

 Pupil Development Grant considered "invaluable" by schools in Wales, says new report

An independent evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Pupil Development Grant (PDG) has found that many schools consider the funding to be ‘invaluable’, with good progress being made on identifying and addressing the needs of disadvantaged learners.

 Pupil academic success can be boosted by sports-based mentoring in schools

NHS England-supported research from Loughborough University suggests that engagement with Greenhouse Sports’ school-based sport programmes improves pupils’ core life skills and combats physical and mental health issues

130 schools fail to be rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in the last decade

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman’s first annual report shows that around 130 schools have not been rated ‘good’ at any point over the last 10 years.

England has large performance gap in primary maths

Analysis published by the Education Policy Institute and UCL Institute of Education shows that 90,000 more primary pupils need to achieve the expected maths standard at the end of primary for England to be considered “world class.

Scottish teacher numbers increase

The numbers of teachers in Scotland has increased by 506 following the government’s investment in schools through the Attainment Scotland Fund, statistics show.

Plans for additional learning needs system in Wales

Education secretary, Kirsty Williams has published a report summarising the responses to a consultation on options for implementing the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

 NAHT warns teachers to not come into work following travel safety concerns

Hundreds of schools are expected to remain closed today, 12 December as the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) warns staff not to come into work if it is unsafe to travel.

Government urged to tackle sexual harassment in schools

New research from the National Education Union and UK Feminista shows that the sexual harassment of girls in schools is widespread, with over a third of girls at mixed-sex schools saying they have been sexually harassed.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted

A survey of civil servants working for Ofsted shows that 70 per cent are confident in the watchdog’s “clear vision” for the future, which is up 13 percentage points from last year.

Barclays, TES and Microsoft are amongst the organisations that have pledged to create flexible working opportunities in the teaching profession

Pupils across the country celebrate Mandarin success

School standards minister Nick Gibb has praised the first cohort of pupils on the Mandarin Excellence Programme for their excellent first-year results.

UK-China internship programme expands

At least 300 young people will have the chance to live and work in China following the expansion of a government-funded internship scheme.

 Seventy-two per cent of teachers think children should be taught social media etiquette

Research by Nominet finds that 14 per cent of those born after 1997 say that their health has been negatively affected by social media.

  PSHE has a “positive impact on academic attainment”, according to review

An evidence review by Pro Bono Economics has shown ‘very strong evidence’ that high-quality PSHE learning ‘has a positive impact on academic attainment’.

 Welsh education secretary says final exam results don’t show “full picture”

Changes to qualifications and performance measures mean that comparisons between this year and last year’s GCSE results in Wales are not appropriate or accurate, the education Secretary has warned.

Priorities for employability and skills in Wales set out by minister

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan has set out her priorities for the employability and skills agenda while delivering the keynote speech at the Learning And Work Institute’s Welsh Employability and Skills Convention.

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