'Head teachers are accusing the chief inspector of schools in England of creating a "culture of fear" in England's schools.' Schools should be accountable however Ofsted has always engendered feelongs of panic and fear amongst school staff. The inspection regime has lead to a narrowing of the curriculum and 'teaching to the tests' ie SATS. It is about time that the approach to assessing performance was changed.
A £50 million summer schools fund to help the most disadvantaged pupils opens today. The money will help up to 100,000 pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school, a time when Ofsted research shows performance can take a significant dip.
NUT members have staged a day of strike action over plans to introduce a five-term year for schools in Nottingham.Nottingham City Council said the structure, if approved, would take effect from August 2013. However many authorities would do this if they could. There is no need for the old six week Summer break. A five term year would be better for the children in terms of their learning and progress.
Inspired by the build-up to Sport Relief – one of the UK's biggest fundraising events – and the London 2012 Olympics, the Guardian Teacher Network this week brings you a wealth of resources aimed at getting young people moving.
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