Poorer families should use smartphone and tablet apps with preschool children in a bid to close the gap in basic literacy and communication skills among those entering school, the education secretary has said. The Independent reports.
The Independent is reporting that nearly three in five teachers in only their first year in the profession are already not convinced that they will stay in teaching – and rising mental health problems are partly to blame, research finds.
The Schools Minister has called for girls’ “misconceptions” about science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) to be challenged as new data shows that boys generally prefer the subjects. ITV reports.
Mandarin Chinese is seen as being of increasing strategic importance, and in recent years there’s been a growing number of students taking up the language in schools across the UK. Katharine Carruthers, from UCL writes in The Conversation.
Ministers have conceded that teachers’ pay has fallen by thousands of pounds a year since the public spending austerity drive began, amid warnings of a “looming crisis” in attracting and retaining new staff. The Guardian reports.
Proposed reforms from both Ofsted and the government seem to be positive steps forward against counter-productive, draconian and punitive school accountability, says Geoff Barton in SecEd – yet the problems of Progress 8 remain…
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.