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Longer school days, shorter holidays and 45-hour weeks 'could be the perfect manifesto to win the Tories the next election'

Longer school days, shorter holidays and 45-hour weeks 'could be the perfect manifesto to win the Tories the next election' | teaching | Scoop.it
It’s a bold claim, but a former policy adviser to Number 10 thinks he has found a way for the Conservatives to win the next election.
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"Teachers will love it". I don't think so!

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Is becoming a specialist leader in education a viable career option?

Is becoming a specialist leader in education a viable career option? | teaching | Scoop.it
Becoming an SLE has been touted as a great route for educators who don't want the hassle of management. But what does the future hold for these super teachers? Journalist Nick Morrison explores
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SLEs a poor replacementr for ASTs. But they are cheaper, which is all that matters

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Behaviour management: Female teachers feel the sting of the queen bees - Education - TES News

Behaviour management: Female teachers feel the sting of the queen bees - Education - TES News | teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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This is true, I have seen this myself in many classrooms

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Chalk Talk: Teaching is a dream job for many - not that they'd recommend it

Chalk Talk: Teaching is a dream job for many - not that they'd recommend it | teaching | Scoop.it
I have this dream: I turn up to one of the teachers' union conferences and someone is on the rostrum extolling the virtues of their job and saying how happy they are in it.
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40% of teachers are unhappy in their job? Is that all? Of the 60% who say they are happy only 1 in 6 would recommend teaching as a career choice

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'Soft GCSEs' could face the axe from exam watchdog Ofqual

'Soft GCSEs' could face the axe from exam watchdog Ofqual | teaching | Scoop.it
So-called soft GCSEs such as Media Studies and Leisure and Tourism could face the axe under a fresh overhaul by the exam watchdog Ofqual.
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fiddling while Britain's education system burns

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Teaching in the eye of the storm (Meg Maguire) Pt2 - YouTube

Prof. Meg Maguire describes what it is like for teachers at the centre of 'school reforms' in Britain.
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A rational assessment of the mess that British education is in. Obsessed with inspections and what can be measured

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Parents 'buying' places at private schools joining the state sector - Education - TES News

Parents 'buying' places at private schools joining the state sector - Education - TES News | teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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What happened to the Tory policy of letting failing businesses fail? Private schools that cannot attract enough fee-paying students should be allowed to fail rather than join the state sector.

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School to pulp leavers' book after obscenities and drug references are included

School to pulp leavers' book after obscenities and drug references are included | teaching | Scoop.it
A secondary school’s leavers’ book is to be pulped because of foul-mouthed comments and references to drug dealing that were found after it was distributed to pupils.
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You have to wonder why it wasn't proof-read before going to print . . .

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To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men axed as Gove orders more Brit lit

To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men axed as Gove orders more Brit lit | teaching | Scoop.it
New English literature GCSE ditches American classics for pre-20th century British authors such as Dickens and Austen
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The power of *that man*! All he has to do is to say he doesn't like a book and exam boards jump to delete it from their lists. Hopefully at least one will have the guts to stand up for what they believe and give schools some real choice.

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I Quit My Teaching Job Today - YouTube

I know this is a little bit of a rant, but I had some air to clear on why I've quit my college position. Its been in the works for a long time. I just finall...
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Another good guy gives in . . .

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Disabled students could be 'shut out' by government cuts

Disabled students could be 'shut out' by government cuts | teaching | Scoop.it
Planned cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance could have a disastrous effect on individuals, say campaigners, and prevent some from going to university
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Grant rules to be "modernised". How many think that means they will be increased in line with inflation?

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Are these the eight best homework excuses ever? - Education - TES News

Are these the eight best homework excuses ever? - Education - TES News | teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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Teachers have better things to do than fill in daft Twitter questionnaires . . . what about "The dog was sick on it", the kitchen ceiling came don on it" or the perennial "I was at my Dad's last night", all of which I have heard personally

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Some Irish teachers in UK experiencing anti-Irish sentiment | Generation Emigration

Some Irish teachers in UK experiencing anti-Irish sentiment | Generation Emigration | teaching | Scoop.it
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Poor headline - Most are happy

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Could state sixth-forms soon become a thing of the past?

Could state sixth-forms soon become a thing of the past? | teaching | Scoop.it
Sixth-form provision in state schools and colleges is under threat as never before. The Coalition Government may have pledged to maintain education spending – but that applies only to compulsory schooling for five- to 16-year-olds.
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Is this another ploy to bolster the private education sector? I think so

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Ann Maguire killing: Teachers reveal horrifying tales of classroom violence

Ann Maguire killing: Teachers reveal horrifying tales of classroom violence | teaching | Scoop.it
The killing of Ann Maguire, stabbed to death in front of her class, has highlighted the risks inner city teachers take every day dealing with threats of violence in the classroom. The trauma suffered by many in the profession is shown in shocking personal accounts by teachers, often speaking on condition of anonymity.
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In any industrial situation the employer would have to ensure the safety of their employees. Not so in teaching. DHSS employees have spit proof glass screens between them and their clients . . .

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Head teachers to issue behaviour guide for parents

Head teachers to issue behaviour guide for parents | teaching | Scoop.it
Parents are being told they should not swear, shout or smoke in front of their children in a new leaflet drawn up by head teachers and a leading charity.
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Another total waste of money! Who's going to read and take action on this?

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Grammar schools widen gap between rich and poor

Grammar schools widen gap between rich and poor | teaching | Scoop.it
Grammar schools contribute to social inequality and lead to a widening of the income gap between rich and poor, according to new research.
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Is anyone surprised? I doubt if even Tories believe their own propaganda

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Vince Cable says UK should send 80,000 pupils a year to China

Vince Cable says UK should send 80,000 pupils a year to China | teaching | Scoop.it
By 2020 up to 80,000 UK students should visit China every year to take part in study or work experience programmes, Business Secretary Vince Cable has suggested. He called for Britain to “raise its game” and improve links with the country by addressing the huge disparity between the number of Chinese students who come to the UK and vice versa.
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Very worthy - but while politicians are making headline grabbing soundbites morale in the real life education system falls further every day

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iPads in classrooms- are we machine gunning emus? - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

iPads in classrooms- are we machine gunning emus? - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | teaching | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Not obviously related except that both stories are ridiculous. Why *iPads* rather than generic tablets that cost half as much, are expandable and more easily replaced?

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Ofsted should no longer judge quality of teaching, says former Gove aide - Education - TES News

Ofsted should no longer judge quality of teaching, says former Gove aide - Education - TES News | teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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Is this the first sign of a reality check? Will OFSTED be reined in?

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Parents seek judicial review of term-time holiday crackdown

Parents seek judicial review of term-time holiday crackdown | teaching | Scoop.it
Removal of headteachers' discretion to approve absences prompted claims education officials were breaching family life
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There needs to be a compromise here. Teachers' jobs are made impossible when they have to play catch up with students who have missed important work.

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Head teacher 'caught on video having sex in his school office' - Telegraph

Head teacher 'caught on video having sex in his school office' - Telegraph | teaching | Scoop.it
Council officials investigate after pupils circulate 30-second tape with sound of groans
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Maybe there is a case for all doors having glass panels . . .

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Why do so many teachers leave teaching?? - YouTube

50% of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years... why is that?
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A bit simplistic, but a good noggin of truth in what this guy says as well

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Secret Teacher: why are we really put through the pain of Ofsted inspections?

Secret Teacher: why are we really put through the pain of Ofsted inspections? | teaching | Scoop.it
Stomach pains, insomnia and anxiety mean one thing – Ofsted inspections. But the fact that performing well in assessments is put before before staff wellbeing is appalling
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No matter how good you are normally, it's how you *perform* on the day that you will be judged by

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30 Kids Walk into a Classroom, What Happens Next Will Change the Future of Business

30 Kids Walk into a Classroom, What Happens Next Will Change the Future of Business | teaching | Scoop.it
Whenever you see a group of kids frantically engaging with their mobile screens instead of looking at or talking to one another, it’s easy to brush it off because it’s not you or criticize their
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Technology makes our jobs both more difficult and more easy at the same time, but it's going to get worse before it gets better . . .

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