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Teaching assistants no effect reading levels.

Hope remains that changes to the approach could yet help pupils who struggle with reading

A literacy programme led by teaching assistants that aimed to help pupils who struggle with reading has had no impact, according to researchers – contradicting previous findings.

An independent evaluation by Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) explored Switch-on, a 10-week Nottinghamshire County Council scheme where teaching assistants were trained to deliver an intensive one-to-one literacy intervention for pupils having difficulties with reading.

It was made up of short reading sessions that aimed to support the pupils to become more confident and independent in their reading ability.

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20 minute exercise programme to prevent concussion in young rugby players.

A 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries, according to a study from the University of Bath.

In a study of 14- to 18-year-olds in 40 schools, those completing the exercises three times a week saw 59% fewer concussions than other schools.

The exercises focus on increasing neck muscle strength, balance and movement.

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Chemistry Exam a blessing?

AQA Chemistry Exam Leaves GCSE Students Thanking Examiners For ‘Blessing’ Of A Test

‘Thank you AQA for that God send of a paper 

Dogital Technology and learning.

Digital technology has impacted every sector and industry across the world and it is no different in education. The introduction of digital technologies to the sector has created a more flexible learning environment. Students can alter the place, rate and approach to study through online teaching provisions and fully integrated distance learning courses. They interact with peers, lecturers, researchers and resources from around the world gaining valuable knowledge, skills and competencies in technology, which is ultimately beneficial to future employers.

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Trainee Teachers should be made to sit new tests in literacy and numeracy?

Trainee teachers should be made to sit new tests in numeracy and literacy before being allowed in the classroom, Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said.

It comes after a “damning” new report yesterday raised fresh concerns about the lack of time devoted to these “basic” disciplines on teacher training courses in Scotland. Student teachers on a four-year degree course can spend as little as 44 hours on numeracy and 48 hours on literacy, a new analysis of initial teacher education (ITE) courses found.

Education Secretary John Swinney admitted he is “very concerned” by the findings and pledged to raise the issue with college and teaching leaders in an effort to tackle the problem.


The issue was thrust into the spotlight last week when trainee teachers told MSPs at Holyrood their training did not give them the basic maths skills to educate primary seven pupils.


Rowena Arshad, head of the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, told the education committee yesterday the literacy and numeracy figures are “worrying”.

The Tory leader has now set out measures to boost reading and counting skills among pupils after international league tables revealed Scotland is falling down in comparison to other nations.

Teacher trainees should have to sit literacy and numeracy tests at the start and need of their course, according to Ms Davidson’s plan, which also calls for the creation of a new independent inspectorate to be established to carry out “rigorous quality checks.”

Ms Davidson said: “When we are training teachers, we need to ensure they know how to pass on good literacy and numeracy skills to children.

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Democracy on the curriculum.

Comments such as “What’s the point in voting?” and “I don’t understand what I’m voting for” are commonplace in my further education college. Engaging young people in politics and democracy is hard, and getting through these negative barriers is the first hurdle.

As a government and politics teacher, it is my role to promote such discussions. Democracy is also a topic that schools in England are required to teach, as part of government guidance on promoting British values in the education system.

The Brexit vote, bringing major constitutional change, and the snap general election mean that it’s a subject of particular relevance right now. So what can teachers do to inform and engage young people in this issue?

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SATS 'chaos' over assessment of writing.

Worrying results revealed by Tes freedom of information requests lead to warnings that teachers will struggle to consistently assess KS2 pupils writing

New data uncovered by Tes suggests the government has failed to ensure the “more consistent, reliable approach” to moderating teacher assessments of writing it promised following last year's Sats chaos.

Two-thirds of moderators trained for this summer incorrectly assessed pupils’ work when tested earlier this year, results obtained through freedom of information (FOI) requests reveal.

Moderators have described the system as “crude”, “ridiculous” and a “farce”.

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Scottish schools struggling.

The latest results of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy, and teachers’ revelations about workload, have cast a shadow over Scottish schools – but let’s not forget all the great work and the great pupils

Last week, education became the political football of choice in Scotland. This had been on the cards for a while, before two things happened in quick succession: on Tuesday, the disappointing results of the final Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) were published; and on Wednesday, a dozen teachers appeared at the Scottish Parliament to make some eye-opening revelations about the demands of their jobs.

This was seized upon by the government’s opponents and by newspapers. The Daily Express described Scottish education as a scene of “abject failure” while the Daily Mail, with its usual restraint, wrote the headline: “Generation’s life chances sacrificed on altar of independence.”

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Finding a place for PSHE in the curriculum.

PSHE (personal, social and health education) has long been a thorny topic for schools. Its importance is unquestionable. Students need to be the recipients of quality instruction on sometimes difficult, often sensitive subjects, but who should deliver it, what should be delivered and how are questions to which there seems to be little consensus. PSHE covers a range of topics, far more than the essential Sex and Relationships topic, it’s often confusingly boiled down to: health and wellbeing; rights and responsibilities; lifesaving skills; equality; drugs; personal safety (in the wider world and online); personal finance, and the world of work as young people move into secondary education. It is the essence of pastoral care, helping develop the whole child so that each individual is equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. PSHE can encourage confidence in learners ‘who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives’ and become responsible citizens ‘who make a positive contribution to society’.

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Letters from schools urge parents to tackle candidates.

Head teachers' letters warning of the "dreadful state" of school funding are being sent to parents in at least 3,000 schools across 17 counties on Friday.

The mass mailing urges parents to raise the "current financial difficulties" in schools with all prospective candidates "on the doorstep".

It comes in the week the three main parties pledged more money for schools.

Schools in England are being required to find savings worth £3bn to deal with rising cost pressures.

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