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The DfE behind on its target for coaches linked to women teachers.

The Department for Education is almost a year behind on its target to link 1,000 women teachers with 1,000 coaches, through its scheme to encourage more female school leaders.

Launched by the DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in March 2016, the Women Leading in Education (WLE) programme promised to 1,000 connections by International Women’s Day in March 2017.

But almost a year since the deadline passed, only 850 coaches have registered and the number of teachers benefiting from the coaching, which is delivered for free, is unclear.

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National Audit Office - University Technical Colleges.

Many of the government’s multimillion-pound university technical colleges have “failed to establish their position in the educational landscape”, and other new institutions are at risk of going the same way, according to the National Audit Office.

An investigation into the delivery of science, technology, engineering and maths skills by the government spending watchdog found that £192 million has so far been spent on UTCs – 14-to-19 institutions that offer technical courses alongside academic GCSEs and A-levels.

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Extremist books in Islamic Primary School.

An Islamic primary school had books written by an extremist who has been expelled from the UK after being told to remove them, an Ofsted report has found.

The Olive Tree Primary School, a private Islamic school in Luton, claimed it had removed the “unsuitable books” which did not promote British values earlier this year. However, at its most recent inspection, the books were still available at the school.

“In May 2017, some inappropriate books were found in the school’s library that did not promote British values. Although leaders stated they had removed them, inspectors found the same books during this inspection,” the Ofsted report said.

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Should mock GCSEs be dropped?

Schools have started running multiple GCSE mock periods, which has prompted some teachers to question whether these fixtures of the school calendar are really worth the hassle. Helen Amass talks to teachers and assessment experts to find out if it’s time for students to put down their pens for good in mock season 


It’s a Wednesday morning in January. You should have a double lesson with Year 11, but instead you are sitting in the school hall, invigilating a GCSE mock exam for someone else’s subject. Considering the fact that you’re not even nearly through teaching your own GCSE course yet, this doesn’t seem the best use of your time. 

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Are Scotland's probationer teachers good enough?

THE quality of Scotland’s trainee teachers has been criticised by council education officials.

  The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) said local authorities had recorded an increase in the number of probationers having to repeat a year who were not seen as being of an appropriate standard.

  The concerns over so-called “retrieval” students is highlighted in a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s education committee which is looking at the current teacher recruitment crisis in Scotland.

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ICT spending to begin to rise.

Spending by schools on ICT is set to rise for the first time in three years, according to research shared with Tes.

The findings, based on a survey by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), comes at a time when many school budgets are being severely stretched due to real-terms funding cuts. 

BESA's figures show schools are expecting to spend nearly 3 per cent more on ICT in 2018-19 than they have budgeted for in 2017-18.

Primary school spending on ICT is due to contract for the second year running in 2017-18, to £289 million, before rising to £295.8 million the following year.

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School teaches pupils about impact of sexist language.

"I hear it so often now it just doesn't actually bother me, It's just part of everyday life, just a normal word."

That is the view of a teenage boy at Nottingham Free School, who is among a group of pupils being taught in special lessons about the impact of verbal abuse against women.

The school was so worried about the amount of misogynistic language to which its pupils were exposed, it decided to tackle the issue head on.

BBC 5 live was given exclusive access to speak to the young people, with permission from parents and teachers.

The students were asked to write down examples of the sort of language they'd heard or seen which might be misogynistic or prejudiced against women - some is reproduced here and may be offensive to some readers.

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Schools need to tackle Islamophobia.

Young Muslims in Wales say they have been frequently stared at in public, called "terrorists" at school and been told by strangers to take off headscarves.

It comes as schools have been urged to raise awareness of Islamophobia.

The Children's Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland is focusing on the harm caused by religious hate crime.

Muslim pupils have shared their experiences to help shape resources for the classroom.

The most recent UK Government statistics showed a 29% rise in hate crimes in England and Wales.

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Research funding after Brexit?

A leading UK university has launched a close partnership with a top French research agency, in a relationship that could continue to provide UK academics with access to European research funding after Brexit.

Imperial College London, one of the world's top science institutes, has created a joint maths laboratory in London with the biggest government research body in France, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

It means that Imperial's researchers, or those from other UK institutions working at the Unite Mixte Internationale (UMI) Abraham de Moivre, will have the same funding status as those in France, even after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

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