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Gender Pay Gap

Closing the academic gender pay gap will take 40 years at the current pace, according to research published by the University and College Union. 

The trade union says that in 2015–16, UK universities had a 12% overall gender pay gap for academic staff [pdf]. It has been slowly dropping in recent years, from 12.6% in 2013–14, to 12.3% in 2014–15.

Drawing on 2015–16 data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the union attributes the gap to pay disparities at the top levels of staff, combined with the under-representation of women in senior posts, particularly among professors and senior academics.

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Schools were given the decision to decide whether to forward with planned GCSE exams if they had been affected by Manchester attack.

Exam boards are telling schools affected by the Manchester attack that they can decide whether to go ahead with GCSE and A-level exams.

A joint statement from the exam boards says schools are "best placed" to make such a decision.

The exam boards say no students will be "disadvantaged".

"Schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. Students affected should speak to their teachers.‎"

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week - and young people are believed to be among the victims of the Manchester attack.

'Schools best placed to decide'

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Scheme fails to bring teachers back to classroom.

The failure of a scheme that encourages former teachers to return to the classroom is being partly blamed on the high number of requests for flexible hours

A government recruitment scheme aimed at persuading more than 1,000 people back into teaching resulted in just 49 returning to the classroom, official figures reveal.

The failure of the Department for Education’s Supporting Returning Teachers pilot scheme has been blamed at least partly on requests for flexible hours.

The DfE figures, obtained through a freedom of information request, reveal that 62 schools took part in the pilot, which ran from September 2015 to the autumn term of 2016, and offered 1,062 tailored training places.

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Flexible working claims by teachers.

Teaching union sees 14-fold increase in disputes involving flexible working

Schools are facing a surge in discrimination cases from teachers whose requests for flexible working arrangements have been denied, Tes can reveal.

All three teaching unions have confirmed the growing trend, which appears to fly in the face of government calls for more flexible working in order to retain and attract staff. 

In guidance issued in February, the Department for Education said “an increasing number of teachers want to work flexibly” – and that most of these are women returning from maternity leave or a career break.

But it found that the percentage of teachers working part-time is “significantly lower” than in the general population – 8.6 per cent of male and 26.4 per cent of female teachers, compared with 13 per cent and 42 per cent respectively in the national workforce.

“This is not just a problem for equality in the teaching workforce – it is also a factor in attracting and keeping high-quality teachers,” the guidance says.

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Leads Head Teacher bans SATS.

A Leeds headteacher was so upset by her 10 and 11-year-old pupils being in “floods of tears” during SATS exams she decided not to run them at her school this year, despite the move putting her job under threat.

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