Finally, the Sats are over and we can talk about what was on the test papers. Except, of course, now they’re in the past, it’s half term, and we’ve all moved on to focus on other things, from residential visits to end-of-year productions. How quickly the focus changes. A headteacher asks the question in Tes.
The proportion of apprenticeship starts among people from disadvantaged areas has fallen despite the government’s push to boost diversity, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found. The Independent reports.
Tes is reporting that the NEU teaching union has announced it will hold an indicative ballot on June 4 in which it will test the water among primary school members on whether to go ahead with a full ballot over banning the high-stakes summative testing.
It is a question arguably more fiendish than mastering the French subjunctive or the thousands of characters in Mandarin. How can schools halt – and even reverse – the swift decline of languages at GCSE and beyond? The Guardian reports
Health warning: positive Ofsted ratings may damage GCSE results. This is the shock finding of a study conducted by four universities and two think tanks which found that parents with children in schools that have received a better-than-expected Ofsted report are much more likely to reduce how much they help their children with their homework. This, in turn, could have a damaging impact on their children’s GCSE results. The Observer reports.
The three o’clock school bell rarely means the end of the day for teachers. Many report working late into the evening marking, planning lessons and, increasingly, responding to emails from their pupils’ parents. iNews 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.