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Maths teachers lament changes to Nationals

22 March 2017

Maths teachers have been “demoralised” by the latest changes to National 4 and 5 qualifications and pupils are finding them harder to pass, experts have told education secretary John Swinney.






Ofsted review to investigate narrowing of the curriculum

15 March 2017

Unveiling the first major investigation of her tenure, chief inspector Amanda Spielman warns of a ‘corrosive pattern’ of behaviour due to the conflict between league tables and the curriculum. Dorothy Lepkowska reports



Ofsted reliability study is welcome – but limited

15 March 2017

Ofsted’s first attempt at testing the reliability of inspection outcomes has yielded seemingly positive results. However, with notable limitations to the research, calls for an independent investigation into the reliability and validity of Ofsted judgements have become louder. Pete Henshaw reports


Spring Budget: ‘A dereliction of duty’

15 March 2017

As schools continue to warn about the huge funding pressures they face, the Spring Budget last week offered no relief, instead diverting funding to support new selective free schools. Pete Henshaw reports




Students head to Russian Space school

15 March 2017

It is not every day that teenagers get the chance to dock a Russian spacecraft – but that’s what a group of students from two Oxfordshire schools did last month.






The gap between school work and ‘real work’

8 March 2017

Research released this week has raised concern at the ‘disconnect’ between what young people learn at school and what skills employers would like to see. Emma Lee-Potter reports


NUT-ATL merger decision due on March 22

8 March 2017

Less than two weeks remain for teachers and support staff to cast their vote to decide whether a merger between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) should go ahead.








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