Speaking and listening axed despite strong opposition

5 September 2013

The exams regulator is facing an outcry from teachers and professionals after it confirmed plans to stop speaking and listening assessments from counting towards final grades in GCSE English and English language.

Schools will be forced into bidding wars to attract best teachers

5 September 2013

Schools have been warned to brace themselves for a teacher shortage due to unfilled places on new School Direct training scheme. Coupled with the move to performance-related pay, experts fear it could result in salary bidding wars for the best new recruit

Trend for school rebranding drives up uniform costs

5 September 2013

The “rebranding” of schools into academies and the opening of free schools could hit parents hard as they are forced to buy expensive new uniforms, local government leaders have warned.

At a glance headlines: September 5, 2013

5 September 2013

SecEd TV, research into modern foreign languages, an update from UCAS and the name of the country's naughtiest child are among SecEd's at a glance headlines for Thursday, September 5, 2013.

State-private attainment gap narrows

5 September 2013

Private schools in Scotland have equalled last year’s record pass rate for Highers, at more than 90 per cent, but state sector pupils have narrowed the gap slightly.

Schools in the TV spotlight

5 September 2013

As the autumn term hits its stride two very different schools are the focus of fly-on-the-wall TV documentaries this week.

‘A long way to go’ to stop racism in schools

29 August 2013

Edinburgh’s leader of education has said the reporting of almost 400 racist incidents in the city’s schools over the last two years highlights the “positive work” that has been carried out to promote equality.

Scientists demand reprieve for geology

29 August 2013

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is under pressure to save geology Higher after an almost fourfold rise in the number of pupils sitting the exam this year.

The minister answers

29 August 2013

When former headteacher and SecEd editorial board member Alex Wood met Scotland’s cabinet secretary for education, topics for discussion ranged from the Curriculum for Excellence and wellbeing to inspection and recruiting new school leaders.

Call for £3m to update ‘redundant’ textbooks

29 August 2013

Teachers and the Scottish government have started the 2013/14 session on a fractious note with the biggest union demanding an urgent injection of £3 million for up-to-date textbooks to support the new National qualifications.

No Ofsted outstanding unless Premium pupils make 'good progress'

5 July 2013

From September, it is “unlikely” that a school will be judged “outstanding” by Ofsted if its disadvantaged pupils are not making "good progress". The announcement comes alongside a raft of new league table measures centred on schools' Pupil Premium spendi

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