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At a glance headlines: April 30, 2015

30 April 2015

The importance of 'academic buoyancy, a new water challenge project, and a competition to design a school are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for April 30, 2015.







'Cells' inspire talented young poets

30 April 2015

“The future of literature is in good hands with poets like these around.” Those were the words of poet Peter McDonald, one of the judges of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award to encourage aspiring poets aged 16 to 18.



Call for more use of Scots language in classrooms

30 April 2015

More use of the Scots language in lessons could not only help pupils understand their culture better but also improve literacy and general learning, according to a report by Education Scotland.





What is worrying today's school leaders?

30 April 2015

From recruitment and the curriculum, to Ofsted and workload, the annual State of Education report, which dissects the views of school leaders across the country, makes for sobering reading ahead of the General Election. Fergal Roche explains


Lobby demands an end to ‘obsession’ with testing

30 April 2015

National and international teaching unions lobbied the annual general meeting of education and publishing company Pearson last week as part of a protest against high-stakes testing and the influence of profit-making organisations on education policy.




Charter aims to prevent support staff misuse

23 April 2015

A Charter has been drawn up in a bid to end the misuse of support staff by schools. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers unveiled the Support Staff Charter at its annual conference in Liverpool.


Core subject vacancies widespread as recruitment crisis deepens

23 April 2015

The complexity of teacher training routes and rising rolls are partly to blame as new poll reveals huge difficulties in recruiting teachers across many key subjects. School leaders have now suggested a 10-point plan to tackle the crisis. Pete Henshaw take






The time for action on workload is now, teachers say

23 April 2015

The time for complaining about workload is over – now is the time to do something about it. That was the message from union chiefs at the NASUWT annual conference earlier this month and delegates unanimously agreed.


Schools operating 'mocksteds' face strike threat

23 April 2015

Schools that operate so-called “mocksteds” or whose teachers face “excessive accountability” could face local strike action after a motion was passed unanimously by members of the National Union of Teachers.

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