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Council schools more likely to be good or outstanding.

Schools which remain with their council are more likely to keep a good or outstanding Ofsted rating than those which become an academy, a new report by the Local Government Association reveals today.

The report, published by Angel Solutions and commissioned by the LGA, looks at how primary and secondary schools’ Ofsted grades have fared over the past five years, comparing those which remained council-maintained to those that academised.

It also found that schools that were rated as requires improvement or inadequate were more likely to become good or outstanding if they remained council-maintained and did not convert to an academy.

By looking at an overall sample of 12,814 schools which remained maintained, and 4,033 schools which academised, compared from February 2014 to February 2019, the report found:

  • 90 per cent (9,400) of schools remaining council-maintained have kept their good or outstanding rating, compared to 81 per cent (2,275) of schools which converted to academies

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Maths and Science teachers to receive bonuses.

Thousands of maths and physics teachers around the country are to receive two £2,000 bonuses, to encourage them to stay in the profession.

Early careers teachers in these subjects will receive these payments in addition to existing bursaries, it was announced today.

Maths and physics teachers in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as in Opportunity Areas around the country, will receive the grant during the first five years of their careers.

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New advice on A'Levels for students.

The top research universities in the UK are changing their advice for young people choosing A-levels subjects.

An interactive website from the Russell Group has just been launched to replace a controversial list of traditional academic subjects said to help entry.

Many arts organisations said the old approach led to creative subjects being marginalised in schools.

The new more flexible approach allows a wider range of A-levels to be highlighted.

'Wider view'

On the new website, pupils will be able to type in a subject area and see the range of degrees on offer or choose a particular university course and see what A-levels they would need to secure a place.

    

Creative subjects and other less traditional disciplines, such as psychology, are given more prominence.

The previous advice was largely based on a core list of traditional academic subjects, such as the sciences, maths, English and languages.

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Welsh exam hit by GCSE glitch.

An apology has been made to GCSE pupils after a "technical issue" affected their computer science exam.

Parents complained problems meant the start was delayed while pupils could not answer one of the questions.

It is unclear how many schools were affected, but people in Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire and Rhondda Cynon Taff highlighted issues.

The WJEC exam board said it is investigating the matter and no pupils would be disadvantaged.

A parent of a pupil at St Cyres school, Penarth, said teachers were unable to log on to the online resource for the exam at the scheduled start time of 13:30 BST on Thursday.

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School taught wrong book.

Students at a £37,000-a-year independent girls school were taught the wrong text for their exam.

Pupils at Malvern St James Girls' School, in Worcestershire, realised the error while sitting the IGCSE English literature exam on 15 May.

Headmistress Olivera Raraty apologised "wholeheartedly" for the issue, which affected one section of the exam paper.

The exam board said the school could submit a request for special consideration of students' marks.

The Cambridge IGCSE is an international qualification.

    

According to The Independent, English literature students had been studying Spies by Michael Frayn but there were no exam questions about the book.

Mrs Raraty said: "No girl should be disadvantaged by this. Fortunately, all exam boards have procedures in place to deal with this type of incident and we meet the criteria for 'special consideration'.

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KS1 or KS2 Teacher Maranatha Christian School Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


KS3 Teacher Maranatha Christian School Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 3 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 3 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

 

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 


KS4 Teacher Vacancy Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 4 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 4 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. Previous experience in teaching GCSEs will be essential for this role.

We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

 

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The extent of off-rolling in our schools.

A quarter of teachers have seen off-rolling in their schools, and most of these believe the practice is on the rise, new research commissioned by Ofsted has shown.

The YouGov survey also found that teachers who have experienced off-rolling, where a child is removed from the roll to benefit the school rather than the pupil, are more likely to work in academies.

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman warned that teachers were saying that some schools are “clearly pushing vulnerable pupils out through the back door”.

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School break times cut - no time to play.

School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study suggests.

Infants in England had 45 minutes less break time a week than in 1995, the University College London team found.

Secondary pupils had lost 65 minutes over the same period, they said.

The government said it had given schools the "autonomy" to make decisions about the structure and duration of their school day.

Pupils complained of fun activities being banned, not having enough time to eat their lunch, and missing their breaks due to others' poor behaviour.

Children and young people's social lives seem to have been curtailed as well, with fewer students than in 2006 reporting they had visited a friend's house after school, according to the research.

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