News

Please find a selection of news stories relating to technology in education and to the challenges facing schools and teachers.

 
12th July, 2019
TES is reporting that the proportion of secondary schools saying a lack of money is the biggest barrier to using edtech has almost trebled over the past two years.
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11th July, 2019
The number of primary school pupils reaching the expected standard in Sats exams has risen amid criticism that a focus on high-stakes tests is damaging children’s mental health. The Independent reports.
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11th July, 2019
State schools in deprived areas are more likely to struggle to fill teacher vacancies which has a knock-on effect on the quality of teaching that pupils receive, a report from Sutton Trust suggests. The Independent reports
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10th July, 2019
Teaching is constantly evolving, but what does the future hold for the profession? There are, of course, big challenges: workload being the biggest. “Right now there is greater scrutiny and accountability on teachers than there has ever been, causing such high workloads,” says James Zuccollo, director at the Education Policy Institute. “We found 20% of teachers saying they work 60 hours or more in a week. And that’s marking and admin, not teaching.” The Guardian reports
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10th July, 2019
The vast majority of teachers want the government to scrap high-stakes primary school tests such as Sats, an indicative ballot of members at the UK’s largest education union suggests. The Independent reports.
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9th July, 2019
TES is reporting that Ofsted is taking a “hard look” at its complaints procedure because of concerns that it is outdated, Amanda Spielman has revealed.
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6th July, 2019
More than 200 schools in England are cutting short the school week, or are actively consulting on it, because they cannot afford to educate their pupils for a full five days, according to campaigners. The Guardian report
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6th July, 2019
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research suggests writing extended answers also places a heavy cognitive burden on students. ITV reports
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6th July, 2019
Almost one-fifth of local education authorities in England have reported concerns about a rise in the number of pupils being removed from schools to be home-educated, with several of them specifically referring to concerns about off-rolling. Tes reports
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4th July, 2019
The Department for Education has appointed an advisory group to review the headteacher standards for the first time since 2015. Tes reports.
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