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Universities should not use predicted grades.

Universities in the UK should stop using predicted grades when people are applying for places, say lecturers and head teachers.

A study from the University and College Union says no other developed country uses such a system of forecasts of results for university admissions.

The lecturers say most predicted grades turn out to be incorrect.

Head teachers have backed calls for a change, saying the current approach is "no longer fit for purpose".

A study from the UCU lecturers' union has examined admissions systems from 30 major countries and found no others using the UK's approach of pupils applying on the basis of grades predicted by their teachers.

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Washing machine needed for school.

A primary school is considering providing a washing machine for parents who cannot afford to keep their children's clothes clean.

The head teacher of St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent said she has spent her own money buying items for pupils.

Nicola Finney said it was due to a rise in children attending school with "washing and hygiene issues".

A study found more than 40% of parents cannot afford basic hygiene products.

Ms Finney said staff at her school were considering installing a washing machine.

    

The charity which carried out the survey, In Kind Direct, provides her school with essentials such as toothpaste, soap, sanitary products and toilet roll.

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French listening exam errors.

Students and parents want an urgent review after errors in an A-level paper left candidates guessing answers.

Candidates took to Twitter to complain that sound files provided in a French listening exam were jumbled up and did not coincide with the questions.

One student said she was waving "au revoir" to her university chances after the exam.  

The board, Eduqas, has admitted mistakes on the paper, taken by more than 800 students in England.

One Twitter user, Ellie, called the paper a disgrace and said it was beyond a joke.

    

"Two years wasted, Eduqas, two years," she said.

"Please tell me I'm not the only one who completely guessed every answer for question 4."

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Pupils cross borders to Scottish School.

Schools in the Scottish Borders are teaching more than 100 children who live in England.

Many of the pupils attend the secondary schools in Eyemouth and Duns.

One reason for the high number of placing requests may be the legacy of problems at Berwick Academy - although the school's new acting head believes it has now turned the corner.

A total of 103 secondary school pupils with English postcodes are at schools run by Scottish Borders Council.

The largest number are at Eyemouth High and Berwickshire High School in Duns which are within easy travelling distance of Berwick.

    

The reasons why parents from Northumberland have asked to send their children to schools in the Borders have not been made public.

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TLG North Birmingham Teaching Assistant

TLG North Birmingham Teaching Assistant

 

Starting Salary: £14,820 - £18,471 (FTE)

Hours: 37.5 (term-time only)

Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 2nd July 2018

Location: TLG North Birmingham

 

Working as part of the TLG centre team in North Birmingham in partnership with Elim Life Church Kingstanding, the Teaching Assistant post provides a unique opportunity to support young people experiencing educational crisis.

 

TLG is an Independent School delivering alternative education provision that delivers tailored social and educational interventions for young people. The Teaching Assistant will play an integral role in enabling young people to get their lives back on track, through delivering innovative programmes, and working with the Head Teacher to ensure that the education centre achieves success.

 

You will be part of a dedicated team committed to helping young people progress. The role involves providing one-to-one and group support to students in the morning lessons; ideally planning or teaching either English or Maths; assistance with the planning and delivery of lessons as a crucial member of the team; leading sessions as timetabled; bringing excellence to the young people’s learning experience.  The individual will also act as a link between TLG’s students, their families and the church community.

 

We are looking to recruit an individual with a strong and compassionate Christian faith. TLG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff including volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check. 

 

To find out more and download an application pack, please visit www.tlg.org.uk . For further information email recruitment@tlg.org.uk or phone 01274 900380.

 

Interviews will take place on Thursday 12th July 2018.

 

 


TLG Reading Classroom Teacher.

TLG Reading Classroom Teacher

 

Starting Salary: £23,089 - £26,245 (FTE) Hours:37.5 (term-time only)

Closing Date: 5pm, Sunday 1st July 2018

Location: TLG Reading

 

Working as part of the TLG centre team in Reading, the Classroom Teacher post provides a unique opportunity to support young people experiencing educational crisis.

 

TLG Reading is a centre for alternative education provision delivering tailored social and educational interventions for young people. Working in partnership with The Gate church, the Classroom Teacher will play an integral role in enabling young people to get their lives back on track, through delivering innovative programmes, and working with the Centre Manager to ensure that the education centre achieves success.

 

The role involves leading the planning and delivery of lessons, delivering high quality lessons, leading sessions as timetabled and providing one-to-one support as appropriate to bring excellence to the young people’s learning experience.  The individual will also act as a link between TLG’s students, their families and the church community.

 

We are looking to recruit an individual with a strong and vibrant Christian faith. TLG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff including volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check. 

 

To find out more and download an application pack, please visit www.tlg.org.uk . For further information email recruitment@tlg.org.uk or phone 01274 900380.

 

 

Interviews will take place on Monday 9th July 2018.

 


70 hour weeks for some teachers.

Ofsted should write about teachers' workload in their reports – and even take workload into account when considering inspection outcomes, a teacher training leader has said.

James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet), said that workload was a key reason for the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

“It is immoral to expect people to work 70 hours a week with no time off,” he added. “Colleagues in teacher education try to address it. They can say to trainees: ‘You don’t need to do all this.’ But if the headteacher says they have to do it, they have to do it. It can’t be addressed through the way teachers are trained. That will help, but it has to be addressed through the way schools are managed.”

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Consensual leadership.

Consensual leadership is about encouraging acceptance and agreement before actions are taken and this approach has never been more relevant. John Pearce explains        

Consensual leadership is an idea I’ve been mulling over for months. It started with my own and others’ frustration with the torrent of depressing headlines in the last year, and wondering how we can change things.

Fake news, sexual abuse, Grenfell Tower, child safety, the gender pay gap, social media corruption, Windrush – a common theme in all of these seems to be abuse of power.

Dictatorial, non-consensual leaders tend to act first and think second, if they think at all. When things go wrong, as they often do, they talk of “unintended consequences” to excuse their lack of thought – probably because they didn’t seek the help or advice of others. If they did consult, it is likely that others were too frightened to disagree.

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Should trainee teachers spend some time working in Special Needs?

All trainee teachers should experience working with pupils with special educational needs to avoid the likelihood of classroom exclusion, according to an expert in literacy-based learning difficulties.

Jules Daulby, director of education at the Driver Youth Trust, which offers support to children with literacy-based learning difficulties, said too many children with special educational needs and disabilities were being drummed out of school because their literacy difficulties were not being picked up early enough.

Ms Daulby believes that with more training, teachers will be better equipped to deal with SEND pupils within the mainstream classroom setting.

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Is GCSE Science failing students?

The UK is facing massive skills shortages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers – according to one study 43% of STEM vacancies are difficult to fill.

This is why the government has been trying to increase and widen participation in STEM careers and education, to ensure a better prepared workforce for the future. To try and address the STEM gap, the “triple science” GCSE qualification was introduced. Triple science is the route allowing students to study biology, chemistry and physics as separate subjects. This leads to three distinct GCSE awards.

Triple science has been championed by the government and industry for the way it prepares students for the world of STEM employment. This is compared to alternative routes like double science, which awards students two GCSEs for studying the three sciences.

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