For the first time in history, the number of girls taking A-levels sciences has overtaken boys. Scientists, businesses, teachers and ministers have all hailed the gender shift as a huge success. The Independent reports.
Sixty-five per cent of young people up to the age of 16 said they thought it was important to go to university, continuing a downward trend seen since 2013, when 86% said a university education was important. A year ago the figure was 75% . The Guardian reports.
According to The Independent, the percentage of teachers without qualified teacher status (QTS) hired by academies is rising compared with schools under local authority control, according to University of Oxford research.
Chancellor Sajid Javid said he and the prime minister have asked for a one-year spending round to be completed in September, instead of a lengthier exercise, in a bid to free up departments. Tes reports
Scotland’s education secretary and deputy first minister John Swinney has said he is pleased with a “strong set of results”, but his Scottish Labour opponents said the figures reflect a “trend of falling attainment.” Sky News reports.
When I was a deputy, I can remember sitting down with the headteacher to begin the sifting process for a teaching position that had been advertised for our school. We had over 200 applications. The Primary Head writes in Teachwire.