Heads blame ‘perfect storm’ of tighter budgets, higher demand and cuts to children’s services
Schools in Hull have reached “breaking point” with insufficient funding to match rising demand from the most vulnerable pupils, headteachers have said.
In a letter to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, the city’s primary school heads said they no longer had the resources to properly look after children with special educational needs (SEN).Continue reading...
Experts now say a flexible approach, rather than sticking to a ‘learning style’ may be the key to successful study
It was once commonly believed if students were made aware of the learning strategies that worked for them, they’d become more efficient and effective learners. As a result, from the 1980s onwards tailored learning styles became popular and theorists such as Honey and Mumford created questionnaires to help pinpoint the four types of adult learners.Continue reading...
Postgrad certificates and diplomas enable you to build your master’s in blocks – or bank what you have
Not got the time, the inclination or the funds to do a full master’s degree? Then why not consider the shorter options? Postgraduate certificates (PGCerts) and postgraduate diplomas (PGDips) don’t require you to do a dissertation, but they also contain challenging, master’s-level content. They’re recognised qualifications in their own right but can also count as part of a full master’s degree.
My friend and former colleague Marion Bennathan, who has died aged 90, was an educational psychologist who changed many children’s lives for the better by her passionate advocacy of nurture groups in schools. These are psychologist-designed units led by teachers that give vulnerable children dedicated support so that they can remain in mainstream schools.
Effective Intervention in Primary Schools: Nurture Groups (1996), which Marion co-wrote with Marjorie Boxall, had a huge influence on national practice in this area. In 1997, the New Labour government recommended nurture groups in several policy papers as the outstanding example of effective early intervention. In the same year, Marion co-founded the Nurture Group Network and became its honorary director. In 2007 she was elected its honorary life president and in 2011 was appointed OBE.Continue reading...
Lecturers express concern over future quality of degrees and £2.5m fees spent on consultants
Open University chiefs are planning significant reductions in the number of courses the institution offers and the number of lecturers it employs, the Guardian has learned.
Last June the OU, established in 1969 and the largest university in the UK, announced it needed to cut £100m from its £420m -a-year annual budget, but specific detail of where the cuts would fall was not made public.Continue reading...
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National Education Union asks for teacher pay increase after NHS announces 6.5% settlement
Britain’s largest teaching union is calling for a 5% pay increase for school staff – buoyed by the announcement of a 6.5% settlement for nurses and NHS staff – backed by a campaign to include possible strike action.
The annual conference of the National Education Union, formerly known as the National Union of Teachers, will consider a motion for a pay claim of 5% alongside other school unions, and ask that the increase be funded by the government rather than from existing school budgets.Continue reading...
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