The Learning Renaissance

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ | BBC News

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

England university applications hit record numbers | BBC News

Record numbers of 18-year-olds in England have applied for a place at university, figures from Ucas reveal. The admissions service statistics show 236,350 school leavers – 40% in total – … Continue reading

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Autism awareness: ‘Better teacher training needed’ | BBC News

The mum of an autistic 11-year-old has called for better teacher training, saying her son was regularly singled out for displaying symptoms in class. Robbie, from Plymouth in Devon, has made … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

School bans students from saying ‘like’ to improve speaking skills | CBBC Newsround

A school in West Yorkshire has banned students from using the word ‘like’ during conversations in order to improve speaking skills. Single-word answers such as ‘good’, ‘nice’ and ‘sad’ have … Continue reading

June 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools | BBC News

Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded. England’s schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

School run: How Cardiff primary is transforming pupils’ commute | BBC News

A primary school is leading the way to make the daily commute better for the environment and for pupils’ health. When Ysgol Hamadryad opened in Cardiff, those in charge were … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Careers lessons push up GCSE grades | BBC News

Teenagers taught about the world of work are more motivated to get higher GCSE results, say researchers. A careers charity study found pupils who heard directly from employers about the … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

School break times ‘cut short to cram in more lessons’ | BBC News

School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study suggests. Infants in England had … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hinds asks heads how to solve special-needs budget squeeze | BBC News

Schools are facing “knock-on pressure” as demand for special-needs support rises, England’s Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has admitted to head teachers. Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers annual … Continue reading

May 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pupils shut in isolation rooms for hours, teachers say | BBC News

Children are being held in isolation rooms for as long as six hours a day for minor infringements of behaviour policies, a teachers’ conference heard. National Education Union delegates described … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers | BBC News

Poverty is harming children’s capacity to learn and it’s getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers. Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can’t sleep … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ofsted inspection grades challenged | BBC News

Parents should have more reliable measures than Ofsted grades to compare schools in England, says a report from a new education think tank. The EDSK report challenges the accuracy of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Climate strikes spread worldwide as students call for action | BBC News

Thousands of school pupils worldwide abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and the US are among the countries where teenagers are already … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Brexit ‘could risk children’s safety’, warn commissioners | BBC News

Child abuse, exploitation and abduction are all “immediate issues”, say UK children’s commissioners. Read the full story on the BBC website: Brexit ‘could risk children’s safety’, warn commissioners | BBC … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Secondary league tables – poor pupils behind for next 70 years | BBC News

League tables go live and BBC News reveals how long it could take for poorer pupils to do as well as the rest. Read the full story here: Secondary tables … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The passing of an old mentor… Sheila Ginn

So sad to hear that my old Head of Department in my first teaching job at Swavesey Village College has died. Sheila Ginn was a legend. The informal interview I … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Brexit: Universities warn no deal is ‘biggest-ever threat’ | BBC News

University heads are warning a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” the institutions have ever faced. Higher education leaders have written to MPs to say it is “no … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Schools admit informally excluding pupils | BBC News

A dozen schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have admitted informally excluding pupils at some stage last year, the BBC has learned. BBC News asked more than 1,000 secondary … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading – The Foundation for Learning

Considering they have been in power for eight years, it is a bit disingenuous for a Tory Education Minister to find that there are children who struggle with basic literacy … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Huge rise in unconditional university offers for students | BBC News

There has been a huge rise in the number of unconditional offers being made to students for university places, admissions service Ucas says. The total made to 18-year-olds from England, … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Exclusion Scandal in English Schools

This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teenagers ‘let down over degree choices’ | BBC News

Teenagers in England are having to make choices about university on the basis of too little information, a report by the Public Accounts Committee warns. The PAC report says this … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hotter years ‘mean lower exam results’ | BBC News

Students taking exams in a summer heat wave might have always complained that they were hampered by the sweltering weather. But this study, from academics at Harvard, the University of … Continue reading

June 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

I wish mum’s phone was never invented | BBC News

A teacher’s Facebook post about inventions her pupils wish had not been created is making parents stop and think. Read the full story on the BBC website: I wish mum’s … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

School pencil cases banned to stop ‘stigma’ | BBC News

A school has banned pencil cases in a bid to stop pupils from poor families being stigmatised. St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, said it had taken steps to … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Narrow vocabulary hits pupils grades | BBC News

Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary. Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 1 Comment
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