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Schools struggling with budget cuts.

Education is being "negatively affected" as schools struggle with budget shortfalls, a survey finds.

Morale is low and stress levels high, teachers, support staff and parents in West Sussex told the Unison union.

The situation could worsen next year as staff cuts are planned at 56 out of 330 schools in the next academic year.

The Department for Education said school funding was at record levels, but it was aware many schools still faced financial pressures.

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Teachers awarded compensation.

A teacher who was awarded almost half a million pounds after being hit over the head with a skate board by a violent pupil was among a 72 per cent rise in compensation pay-outs in the past year.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) were awarded tens of millions of pounds in compensation last year after facing attacks from pupils, injuries and discrimination in the workplace, the latest figures show.

It comes amid a surge in violent attacks from students, as the number of children suspended or expelled from school for physically attacking an adult jumped by an average of 10 per cent in the last year, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

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School and cakes for transgender children.

Schools have been told they should give transgender pupils a cake to celebrate their “transition”, as experts warn that teachers must be trained to deal with an “explosion” of students who no longer identity with their sex.

Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference this week were told that changing attitudes have resulted in a "huge" surge in the number of transgender and non-binary people coming forward.

“Five years ago, hardly anyone in school or in university would come across a young trans person, but it’s changed substantially,” said Terry Reed, a campaigner for transsexual rights who co-founded the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).

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Class size and Staffing in Special Schools.

Class Size and Staffing in Special Schools


NUT Conference 2017

16 April 2017

Commenting after the debate on Motion 36, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“School funding per pupil is falling at its fastest rate since the 1970s.  Support for students with special educational needs has been, or is expected to be, reduced in their schools. Many schools across the country already say they have insufficient funding and budgets to adequately provide for SEND pupils.    “In special schools, small class sizes and highly qualified staff are effective at supporting young people. These children often have complex needs that demand specialist skills and attributes from the staff who work with them. The shortfall in school funding has, however, increased class sizes and reduced staffing significantly. This directly impacts on the standard of education that SEND pupils should be receiving.
“Successful alternative provision is ensuring appropriate group sizes and composition.  For learners with SEN, a high staff-to-pupil ratio is often necessary. It is vital that special schools have the funding required to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve. This means that the schools must be well-resourced and staffed and it is imperative that class sizes are kept to manageable levels.
“The NUT will continue to campaign for keeping teaching assistants in mainstream and special school classes. In whatever settings children with SEND are educated, it is vital that sufficient funding is provided.”
Editor’s Note

Falsely accused of rape.

'The nightmare will stay with me forever': Teacher at a £33,000-a-year school who was falsely accused of rape by a student is now unemployed and living off benefits despite being cleared by a jury in just 15 minutes

  • Kato Harris was falsely accused of rape by a 14-year-old former pupil
  • Despite a flimsy case the CPS still brought a case against him
  • The case was thrown out in just 15 minutes due to a lack of any real evidence
  • Kato speaks to the Mail about how his life became a living hell during the ordeal 

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Teach children another language for life after Brexit.

The formal negotiations to untangle the UK from the intricacies of the European Union are now well underway. And it is clear that looking forward, Britain’s new relationship with the EU will necessitate conducting trade and political communications in a new dynamic – one which is unlikely to be done in the medium of English.

When the UK leaves the EU there will be no member state remaining where English is the lead official language. “Ah”, you say, “what about Ireland, they speak English there”. Yes they do, but in Ireland, Irish Gaelic is considered the first official language.

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School recruitment problems.

School leaders and teaching unions in our region have told us that more teachers are leaving due to excessive workload, meaning schools here are struggling to recruit good staff - and putting educational standards at risk.

These new statistics have been shared exclusively with ITV News Tyne Tees:

  • 69% of teachers in the North East surveyed by the NASUWT said they had 'seriously considered' leaving the profession in the last 12 months
  • More than 350 teachers in the North East and North Yorkshire left the profession in the first quarter of 2017, the National Union of Teachers estimates
  • 22 of 30 headteachers surveyed by SCHOOLS NorthEast said they found recruiting staff 'difficult' in the past year

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Reforms to grading system for GCSEs causing uncertainty.

Reforms to the GCSE grading system in England has created "huge uncertainty" for schools, the NASUWT union says.

The union says the new 9-1 GCSE grades will increase the pressure on pupils and narrow the range of educational opportunities for young people.

The new grading system is being phased in from this summer, starting with maths and English, with grades 9-1 replacing grades A*-G.

The government maintains the changes will drive up standards.

Education Secretary Justine Greening says a grade four will be seen as a "standard pass" and a grade five as a "strong pass".

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Reject of calls for 35 hour week.

The NASUWT instead backed a working hours campaign that could include "escalating strike action in schools"

A union has rejected calls to demand a 35-hour working week for teachers, after members warned it would expose them to “public scrutiny and ridicule”.

The NASUWT conference instead called for union leaders to “develop a clear, focused campaign highlighting teachers’ working hours”.

The campaign could include action short of strike action to put downward pressure on working hours, and escalating strike action in schools to secure "a reasonable number of hours each week".

It came as one delegate said some teachers are moving to part time contracts to fit in all their work.

Sean Taylor, of Central and South Warwickshire, this morning told the conference: “I have seen teachers going part time just so they can fit in what they need to do. They are still working full time, but just being paid for part time.”

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Young teaching recruits being driven out?

According to a survey of 3,000 recently-qualified young teachers, workload pressures and the impact on teachers' mental health is driving out idealistic young recruits.

The survey by the National Union of Teachers suggests 45% plan to leave within the next five years.

Half of these planning to leave pointed to concerns about their mental health.

But 70% said a passion for teaching had motivated them to stay, despite working weeks ranging between 51 and 61 hours, according to the survey.

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