The Learning Renaissance

Teaching to the Test – the Bane of Learning

This is a Telegraph article about the debilitating effect that ‘teaching to the test’ has on learning and learners. Extending GCSEs to a three year course merely swallows up more … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Worrying Trend in English Education: The Disappearing Headteacher

The privatisation of education in England has seen the reduction in the scope and role of the Local Education Authority, who were the overseeing and accountable body in counties and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Relevance and Impact of Homework on Learning and Pupil Progress

The relevance and impact of homework on learning and pupil progress continues to be a source of controversy amongst pupils, parents, senior leaders and governors. Andrew Jones reports that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’ | BBC News

Cash reserves held by schools in Wales have dropped by 28% since last year which “should ring alarm bells”, a teaching union has warned. A new report showed schools have total reserves … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust

Not my usual educational post today, although this is an appeal for greater education into a particular field of research. Grace Kelly, was a four year old who lost her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Warning over ‘looming secondary school place squeeze’ | BBC News

A potential shortage of school places looms ahead in secondary schools in England, councils are warning. The Local Government Association says schools will be thousands of places short over the … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Maths teachers hit out at ‘extraordinary’ funding decision | BBC News

Teachers have hit out at an “extraordinary decision” to cease funding a key A-level maths project. Underground Mathematics had won the backing of a government commissioned review into post-16 maths in England. It … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report | BBC News

Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give. Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Injunction lifted on critical Ofsted report | BBC News

The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors. Learndirect had obtained an … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Meet the Guides encouraging girls into science and tech | BBC News

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Primary tests: Two-fifths fail to meet standard | BBC News

Two-fifths (39%) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show. The results are from national curriculum tests, often … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’ | BBC News

Low numbers of teachers being recruited in Wales is “bordering on crisis” levels, a union has said. Welsh Government figures showed the target for trainee teacher intake in secondary schools … Continue reading

July 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Reading for pleasure falls after primary school years | BBC News

Only one-third of teenage boys in the UK say they enjoy reading, a study by the National Literacy Trust suggests. The Trust found a significant drop in boys’ reading enjoyment … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lauren Child: New Children’s Laureate worried about equality in books | BBC News

Boys don’t like reading books that have girls as the main characters – and that “makes it harder for girls to be equal”, says the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland? | BBC News

For nearly two decades, Finland has enjoyed a reputation for having one of the world’s best education systems. Its 15 year olds regularly score amongst the highest in the global … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

iPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’ | BBC News

Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Core academic teachers ‘leaving profession’ | BBC News

Maths, science and language teachers in England have high rates of leaving the profession, particularly in their first five years, a study finds. About one in 10 of those teaching … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Exam revision students ‘should smell rosemary for memory’ | BBC News

With the exam season approaching and revision under way, university researchers have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory. A study found that pupils working in a room … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

School cutbacks put ‘education system at risk’ | BBC News

The £3bn savings expected of England’s schools threaten the stability of the whole education system, says the National Association of Head Teachers. General secretary Russell Hobby says ministers should no … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

West Sussex school funding crisis ‘negatively affecting’ pupils | BBC News

Education is being ‘negatively affected’ as schools struggle with budget shortfalls, a survey finds. Morale is low and stress levels high, teachers, support staff and parents in West Sussex told … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teachers back moves towards primary Sats boycott | BBC News

Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England next year. The National Union of Teachers says the tests for seven and 11-year-olds are damaging … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘cut staff due to funding shortages’ | BBC News

Schools in England are cutting back on teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) because of financial constraints, a survey for the Sutton Trust suggests. The poll found 49% of primary schools … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

University’s three-legged cat ‘relieves exam stress’ | BBC News

Taking tea with the ginger tom is popular with Cambridge students missing their pets. Jasper, a five-year-old ginger tom, belongs to the deputy librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics. … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

SATS for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

The death knell is sounded for Sats for seven-year-olds in England’s schools. Source: Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Drop in teacher training recruits revealed | BBC News

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England. The latest figures show a 7% drop … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

BBC Learning launches The Mind Set | BBC Media Centre

  BBC Learning has launched The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and National students. It’s a bold new campaign which explores exam stress via … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment