Nov

12

2016

Secret Teaching Assistant: We end up hindering the pupils we're meant to help

‘It’s distressing for pupils to be behind, so TAs often fall into the trap of prompting too much in order to get the job done.’ Photograph: Alamy “Who are you here to support?” Secret supply teacher: we’re used to trouble from students. If only we had support from staff Read more It’s a question I dread. As a higher level teaching assistant, I work with…

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Nov

11

2016

MSP asks for inquiry into Scottish exam invigilators' pay

A Guardian investigation found that for longer exams, invigilators could receive an effective pay rate of £6 an hour. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images HM Revenue and Customs has been asked to investigate allegations that Scottish exam invigilators could be being paid less than the minimum wage. Daniel Johnson, a Labour MSP, wrote to HMRC after invigilators complained their pay regularly left them earning below…

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Nov

11

2016

Too flirty? Too fertile? It's tough to be the right kind of woman in academia

‘Sexism comes in many forms. And it doesn’t help that men in academia, as elsewhere, are still the top dogs.’ Photograph: Alamy “I wouldn’t do a session with you,” a colleague said at a conference. CC, we can call him. Prior to this, I had met him at a handful of other conferences in a handful of other UK cities. Which is a lot, really,…

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Nov

11

2016

English schools 'may face shortage of 19,000 heads by 2022'

A rise in pupil numbers and more school leaders retiring early has left gaps in senior roles, says the report. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 senior teachers by 2022 if action is not taken to plug the gap, it has been suggested. Almost one in four schools across the country could be affected by…

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Nov

10

2016

Schools must focus on struggling white working-class pupils, says UK charity

Among poorer white children, only 24% of boys and 32% of girls get five good GCSEs. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Schools are being urged to focus improvement efforts on struggling white working-class pupils who get the worst GCSE results of all the main ethnic groups, amid growing concern about stark disparities in attainment. A study by the Sutton Trust education charity found that disadvantaged pupils…

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Nov

10

2016

Jeremy Paxman 'baffled' by students' University Challenge boycott

Jeremy Paxman says the claims might relate to comments he made about a team mascot during a break in filming. Photograph: David Hartley/Rex Features Jeremy Paxman has said he is baffled by students voting to boycott University Challenge over claims he made misogynistic and sexist comments to previous team members. The University of Reading students’ union this week voted 120 to 105 in favour of…

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Nov

09

2016

Cambridge students build a 'lawbot' to advise sexual assault victims

LawBot: the creation of Ludwig Bull, Rebecca Agliolo, Nadial Abdul and Jozef Maruscak. Photograph: LawBot “Hi, I’m LawBot, a robot designed to help victims of crime in England.” While volunteering at a school sexual consent class, Ludwig Bull, a law student at the University of Cambridge, was inspired to build a chatbot that offers free legal advice to students. He enlisted the help of four…

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Nov

09

2016

Tutor-proof 11-plus test is 'holy grail', says schools minister

MPs on the education select committee are looking at government plans to overturn the grammar school ban. Photograph: David Davies/PA A tutor-proof 11-plus test to determine whether a pupil should gain admission to grammar school does not yet exist and, according to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, remains “the holy grail” of selective education. Gibb was giving evidence on Tuesday to MPs on the Commons…

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Nov

09

2016

Ofsted wrong to penalise Islamic school over gender segregation, court rules

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA A high court judge has ruled that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise an Islamic faith school because of their “erroneous” view that segregation of boys and girls amounted to unlawful discrimination. But Mr Justice Jay allowed Ofsted, the body that regulates schools in England, to publish the rest of its inspection report placing…

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Nov

08

2016

Tef: dump the pointless metrics and take a hard look at casualisation

If staff have no time to engage with students, learning suffers. Photograph: Alamy The government claims that its new Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) will put students at the “heart of the system”. Unfortunately, the metrics being used for the Tef tell us little about teaching quality and nothing about how we could improve things. For example, what does a “future employment” metric actually tell us…

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