News

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

 
16th May, 2019
A 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is taking his GCSEs using just his eyes. The BBC reports.
ICT for Education
15th May, 2019
It has been nine years since David Hargreaves published his think pieces on the self-improving school system. The first paper starts with a quote from William Gibson writing in the Economist in 2004: “The future is already here: it is just not distributed very well.” Leora Cruddas, chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts writes in Tes
ICT for Education
15th May, 2019
Today, we’ve published our final decisions for the new education inspection framework. I’ve been incredibly heartened by the response to our consultation. Around three-quarters of parents, teachers and head teachers support what we are doing to focus on the substance of education and place less emphasis on tests and data. The new framework will go live from September, with the backing of the vast majority of educators. Amanda Spielman writes in Tes.
ICT for Education
15th May, 2019
Amanda Spielman has raised concerns that teachers are “encouraging children to feel anxious” about tests, warning that they are only a source of concern when “people make it so.” The Telegraph reports.
ICT for Education
14th May, 2019
Researchers from King’s College London (KCL) say their findings call into question the benefits of standardised exams. The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found teacher assessments at age 7, 11 and 14 were just as effective as using Sats results to predict pupils’ subsequent exam success. The Telegraph reports.
ICT for Education
14th May, 2019
Ofsted will publish a new framework tomorrow setting out major changes in the way it will inspect schools. Tes reports.
ICT for Education
14th May, 2019
The Independent is reporting that funding for sixth forms and further education colleges in England has been slashed by almost 16 per cent since the start of the decade, a new report says.
ICT for Education
13th May, 2019
In the years before I became a supply teacher when I had a regular teaching job, the single greatest cause of despair, frustration and stress was the never-ending litany of stupid things said to me by the school’s management. Another ill-conceived government directive to implement, a new way to analyse classroom data, a stern warning for marking the kids’ work in the wrong colour pen, and so on. Tes repor
ICT for Education
10th May, 2019
Counterpoint produce integrated Mac solutions to assist students in music, art and movie-making. This allows Macs to integrate into a Windows directory.
Whats New
10th May, 2019
Hardware Associates, a refurbished IT hardware specialist, are disappointed to announce that they will no longer be attending the ICT for Education event in Reading on Friday 10th May, due to illness.
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