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Long read: Can Doug Lemov’s pedagogy fix coastal schools? – Will Hazell TES 7 July 2018

Tes joins the US education guru as he trains teachers in Folkestone for the launch of a new free school

Education Secretary makes inaugural speech to children’s services sector. Secretary of State Damian Hinds spoke for the first time to directors of children’s services at the ADCS conference on Thursday 5 July in Manchester. Damian Hinds Dept of Education 5 July 2018

The Good Schools Guide 2018

The School Guide 2018

Class sizes in English secondary schools are rising as new data shows there is now one extra pupil in each classroom compared to five years ago Daily Mail 29 June 2018

  • One in eight pupils is being taught in a class with more than 30 students
  • One in five primary age children do not speak English as their first language
  • Figures show that one in three children are from an ethnic minority background

Discover where UK’s ambitious students are studying abroad Sarah Dunsby London Love Business 28 June 2018

Calls for cellphone ban in UK schools – Daily Mail 25 June 2018

CELLPHONES should be banned in UK schools by law to stop children from sexting and texting during lessons, the former head of Ofsted said.

Schemes opening doors for the region’s children are an example for the rest of England Nadhim Zahawai Eastern Daily Press 22 June 2018

When I came to the UK from Iraq as a child, I would never have imagined that I would be where I am today.

Pupils are facing the toughest ever GCSEs, as education leaders warn grades risk becoming a ‘lotteryCamilla Turner The Telegraph 18 June 2018

Pupils are facing the toughest ever GCSEs, as education leaders warn that grades risk becoming a “lottery”.

Don’t be afraid to take phones off teens, says Eton head  Katherine Sellgren BBC.co.uk 13 June 2018

Simon Henderson, head of the private school since 2015, says it is sometimes appropriate to take devices away.

Website maps English test comparisons – Claudia Civinini The Pie News 11 June 2018

The website lists exam centres in the UK, explains what education, professional and immigration doors each exam can open, and most importantly provides a helpful tool to those who don’t know their IELTS from their TOEFL: a score converter wheel.

Amanda Spielman at the Pre-school Learning Alliance annual conference

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector discussed the importance of the early years and developing a love of reading at the 2018 Pre-school Learning Alliance conference. Amanda Spielman gov.uk 1 June 2018

Our schools are broke – so why aren’t we talking about it? – John Harris The Guardian 1 June 2018

Soaring class sizes, teaching hours cut, neglected repairs. Brexit has taken attention away from the cost of ideology-driven cuts

GCSE and A-levels 2018: The changes you need to know – Elizabeth Mackley HullLive 18 May 2018

The UK education system is in the process of being completely reformed

Exams: How do the new 9-1 GCSE Grades Work? – BBC.co.uk 1 May 2018

Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are revising hard as they sit their GCSEs. But, in England, there have been major changes, with a new 9-1 grading system being phased in to reflect a more demanding curriculum. So what’s the new grading system all about?

HMC appoints new leader to represent elite independent schools – John Roberts TES 09 May 2018

Independent schools should play a key part in a diverse liberal education system, says new HMC boss

Cambridge to implement “foundation year” to improve access – Sophie Laura Weymes-McElderry The Cambridge Student 6 May 2018

After a spate of backlash from Tory and Labour MPs over its poor access record, Cambridge University is to announce a new scheme in order to facilitate access for black and minority ethnic (BME) and state-school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose secondary school education might put them at a disadvantage compared to their privately-educated peers.

German high schoolers complain English exam was too hard – Associated Press 6 May 2018

BERLIN (AP) – High school students in Germany have gathered tens of thousands of signatures in an online petition to complain about an “unfair” final English exam, saying the test was much harder than in previous years.

Society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago, Education Secretary says – Camilla Turner The Telegraph 5 May 2018

Teachers are now expected to look after pupils’ mental health and check for signs of radicalisation

Multi-million fund to boost children’s early language skills – FENews 30 April 2018

Families to receive extra support to help with children’s early language and communication skills at home.

New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

Homeschooling in the UK increases 40% over three years – Mariam Issimdar BBC News 26 April 2018

The number of children being homeschooled has risen by about 40% over three years, the BBC has found.

Tories quietly drop ‘guarantee’ no school would see its funding cut – Nicola Bartlett Mirror 25 April 2018

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said parents felt “let down” by the Conservatives’ “broken promises” on school funding,

Teachers in UK report growing ‘vocabulary deficiency’ – Richard Adams Guardian 19th April 2018

Problem exists throughout primary and secondary school, leading to lower self-esteem and negative behaviour

Children’s grades at risk because they have narrow vocabulary, finds report – Eleanor Busby Independent 19th April 2018

‘Without enough language – a word gap – a child is seriously limited in their enjoyment of school and success beyond’

International Students: Find Spots at U.K. Universities –  Anayat Durrani US News 17th April 2018

Prospective international students can get a second chance at U.K. university admission through a process called Clearing

Hoo ye tawk shudneebe hodden ye bak… – staff reporter The Mail (North West Evening Mail) 13th April 2018

GARRIDGE or garaaj? Scon or scown? How you talk is important. Some surveys have shown it can hold you back in your career.

The 29 most powerful business degrees in the world  – Will Martin Business Insider UK 13th April 2018

A degree in business and management can be a springboard to a life of success.

Making an Entrance: A Quick Guide to School Exams – Heather Carruthers Relocate Global Magazine 11th April 2018

Most independent schools around the world have some form of entrance test, which in some cases can be a very competitive process. We take a look at some of the tests and offer a few tips for relocating parents.

‘Reality of GCSE reform is pupils studying Macbeth for five continuous years’   – Martin George TES 2nd April 2018

NUT delegates call for a curriculum review after teachers ridicule ministers’ claims that tougher exams are ‘world class’

‘How I banished terrible conclusions from my students’ GCSE essays’ – Sana Master TES 28th March 2018

After tackling the ‘snore-worthy’ introductions in her students’ GCSE essays, this English teacher embarked on a mission to teach her class to write better conclusions

‘Allow imaginations to lead’: igniting the creative spark in young writers – Emma Sheppard Guardian 23rd March

The focus on targets is restricting creativity in the classroom – but schools can still make space to encourage self-expression

Do you do your child’s homework? If so, you may be doing them a great disservice – Anonymous Telegraph 22nd March 2018

Alex struggled to focus in class. He found writing a paragraph unaided a stretch, and, as his Year 8 English teacher, I had to explain simple things to him time and again. Yet when he handed in his homework assignments, they were strangely beautiful.

The Guardian University Guide 2018

Have targets, testing, tables and Ofsted had their day? – Will Hazell TES 16th March 2018

The targets-driven system that governments have built over a quarter of a century to hold schools to account looks like it is crumbling. With teachers under constant scrutiny, parents left confused and the government losing confidence in its own performance measures, Tes asks if this is the end for the system as we know it

‘Want pupils to score more highly in GCSE English? Focus on creative writing’ – Andrew Otty TES 14th March 2018

One teacher explains how focusing your teaching on the creative e elements of the new English GCSE could help struggling students to achieve more highly

What teachers need to know about shared reading – Kate Nation TES 9th March 2018

Early years books are written in a deeper, more complex language than you might have thought – and it’s only through shared reading that their full literacy potential is unlocked. In fact, schools need to make the practice as much of a priority as phonics, says Kate Nation

What it’s really like to be a head girl today – Anna Tyzack Telegraph 7th March 2018

When I was at school, no one would have wanted to be described as “head-girlish”.

National Offer Day: The ‘don’t panic!’ parents’ guide to not getting your first choice secondary school  – Lauren Libbert Telegraph 1st March 2018

The chemistry teacher dropped the paper on my desk as the bell sounded. “Keep trying, Lauren,” he smiled.

National Offer Day: We missed the deadline for secondary school applications, what are our options? – Harry Yorke Telegraph 28th February 2018

As any parent will tell you, applying for a secondary school place – especially when you have a particular school in mind – can be stressful. I stared at the large letter ‘C’ scrawled in red at the top of the page.

Exclusive: Pupils could help exam board to spot errors in its GCSEs – will Hazell TES 22nd February 2018

Boss of Cambridge Assessment suggests students might be better at spotting errors ‘hiding in plain sight’ like his board’s Romeo and Juliet blunder

Long Read: Why it’s time to form a new literary canon for KS3 – Sarah Ledger TES 9th February 2018

English teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to dig out inspirational books for key stage 3, with their options narrowed by primary schools pushing more advanced texts and restrictive criteria in secondary. Sarah Ledger says enough is enough: we need to form a new literary canon for KS3

Revealed: The ideal length of an A level English essay – Helen Ward TES 30th January 2018

A-Level English essays should be nearly twice as long as GCSE essays, study suggests

CSE league tables for more than 5,000 secondary schools across the country have been published today by the Department for Education – Harry Yorke, Ashley Kirk Telegraph 26th January 2018

How we got a glut of grade 9s in GCSE English – Mark Roberts TES 26th January 2018

He predicted none, he hoped for a couple, but in the end, 14 of Mark Roberts’ students got the top grade for GCSE English. How did they do it? He reveals all…

Revealed: The number of words needed to get top marks in an English exam Eleanor Busby 3rd January 2018

It’s a question that pupils have been asking teachers for years – and now researchers think they have the answer

‘Zombie graphic novels can engage students scared off by the classics’–  – Andrew OttyTES 3rd December 2017 

We must save our GCSE resit students from the onslaught of an undead curriculum by offering them a more graphic alternative, Andrew

‘A great education is about experiencing a diversity of teaching styles’ TES Kevin Stannard 12th November 2017

If students were subjected to an all-singing, all-dancing, interactive extravaganza in every single lesson, they’d burn out by break-time, writes a leading educationist.

‘Open the doors and let these books in’ – what would a truly diverse reading list look like?Guardian 11 November 2017

Following student calls for university English literature syllabuses to be ‘decolonised’, Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and other authors reflect on the debate and choose essential books by black and minority ethnic writers

‘Teachers need to have the courage of their convictions and teach the great books, not just functional literacy’ TES Joe Nutt 11th November 2017

There’s more to literacy than deciphering the instructions from Ikea, writes one educationist and literary critic.

The decline of the gradable adverb: ‘quite’, ‘rather’ and ‘fairly’ are becoming a relic of the pastTelegraph Camilla Turner 11th November 2017

The study, which analyses language trends over the course of the twentieth century, found that there has been a steep decline in “gradable adverbs”, a grammatical category of words that can be used to reduce the force of a phrase.

More pupils, fewer schools and less money: the UK education system in numbersTES Helen Ward 9th November 2017

£86.3 billion was spent on education in the UK in 2016-17, which is a real terms reduction of 2.3 per cent over four years.

Big Issue seller wins ‘dream’ place at Cambridge University –  Telegraph  Mark Molloy 9th November 2017

A former Big Issue seller has gone from living on the streets to studying English Literature at Cambridge University.

An ‘upside down, inside out’ approach to GCSE English  – Kate McCabeTES 3rd November 2017 

This teacher has been asking her students to approach GCSE English literature questions from the ‘wrong’ way round to help them get better at writing about a text’s big themes

How do east London’s GCSE results compare? – Newham Recorder Sophie Morton 30th October 2017

The new-style GCSE exams may have proved a challenge to both teachers and pupils alike, but that hasn’t stopped east London’s teenagers from performing well.

‘We need to act before we end up with a generation of literature-phobic pupils’TES Sam Draper 23rd October 2017

And Year 9 is the perfect place to inspire, build confidence and re-engage students with unprejudiced reading of non-exam texts, writes one head of English

‘A variety of unworthy motivations appears to be putting the study of English literature at risk’TES Bernard Trafford 21st October 2017

We must not shield the “snowflake generation” from disturbing, or difficult themes in literature – preventing them from taking GCSE English literature does so, writes one educationist

Yes, we must decolonise: our teaching has to go beyond elite white menGuardian Priyamvada Gopal 27th October 2017

There’s no need for outrage over changes to Cambridge University’s English curriculum. Issues of race, class and gender are all relevant in literature

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys slams Department for Education after GCSE league table plungeKentOnline Joe Walker 19th October 2017

Head of school Ken Moffat says the Langton was willing to sacrifice its league position to offer the alternative courses, which are also taught at the King’s School.

Focus: Best of British as elite public schools tap up wealthy Chinese pupilsLondon Evening Standard Michael Bow 18th October 2017

Demand from China soars as burgeoning middle class look to grandeur of English public schools

Five myths about autism we need to banish from teachingTES Gemma Corby 17th October 2017

In the latest post of her fortnightly Sendco column, Gemma Corby separates autism facts from the myths

‘Assessment is deceptively difficult, but fundamentally it is about meaning and communication’ TES Daisy Christodoulou 16th October 2017

In the first of her new monthly columns for TES, Daisy Christodoulou explains what makes assessment so crucial

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai starts Oxford UniversityLondon Evening Standard Fiona Simpson Monday 9th October 2017

Solving the riddle of getting into OxfordGuardian Alex Preston 15th October 2017

It’s hard to cheat the university’s interview process, which seeks to spot independent thought

An author way: a shift in the pedagogy of writingTES Stefan Kucharczyk 13th October 2017

A recent report by the National Literacy Trust into child attitudes towards writing indicates that the number of children who write for pleasure is on the increase. This is undoubtedly a cause for celebration for those of us who write for joy, work or for any number of assorted reasons.

Oxford University releases new round of interview questionsGuardian Sally Weale 12th October 2017

Candidates asked to consider the purpose of law and the morality of air travel in latest batch of sample interview material

GCSE shake-up leaves many schools missing national progress targetsGuardian Richard Adams 12th October 2017

About 370 out of 3,000 schools in England likely to fall below Department for Education standards

Attainment 8 school league table – Attainment 8 school league table – England, all schools, 2016-17 Guardian 12th October 2017

Podcast: What every teacher needs to know about memory – professors Robert and Elizabeth Bjork talk to Tes PodagogyTES Editorial 11th October 2017

The world-renowned memory researchers explain how to match teaching to what we know about how memory works, and why linking learning to a student’s interests and group work are key

21 ways to support a learner with dyslexiaTES Jules Daulby 6th October 2017

To round off Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017, a leading dyslexia practitioner talks us through the key areas of support

I grew up reading comics and Stephen King — it didn’t stop me becoming a literary editor London Evening Standard Sam Leith 25th September 2017

It matters less what you read than that you read a lot. Eventually you’ll get to Dickens and Dostoyevsky

Why teaching classic literature too early is a ‘recipe for ruining great books’ for childrenTES Aidan Severs 24th September 2017

The way to instil a lasting love of reading is to teach age-appropriate texts in primary, says one vice-principal

‘We must acknowledge the importance of private GCSE and A-level candidates’ London Evening Standard Ros Morpeth 20th September 2017

 How to combat stress and anxiety as you start university Evening Standard Adebola Lamuye 18th September 2017

You are not alone, and more importantly there’s plenty you can do

Teachers’ revolt at leading grammar school that axed students before A-levels London Evening Standard Anna Davis 12th September 2017

The head and governors of a top London grammar school that withdrew the places of several A-level students because of poor grades are facing an open revolt from angry teachers.

Tutors are pure gold to London’s time-stretched middle classesLondon Evening Standard Susannah Butter 7th September 2017

A 10-year-old confiding that they are stressed will make you pause for thought. 

‘Children need to see themselves on the page to make a connection – that is where classic fiction is lacking’TES Cynthia Murphy 5th September 2017

Teachers need to embrace modern fiction this year. It offers a range of benefits the classics cannot, says this English co-ordinator

Tes talks to…Kate NationTES Kate Townshend 1st September 2017

The University of Oxford language expert tells Kate Townshend that schools need to get the right balance between phonics and comprehension skills so that children can thrive in reading

University League Tables 2018 Guardian

Sats results: KS2 writing assessments ‘more consistent than last year’TES Helen Ward 31st August 2017

Data experts highlight the key points from today’s Sats figures

GCSEs: What can we learn from the English examiner reports?TES Kate McCabe 31st August 2017

Small-town campus vs the urban university – what’s right for you?Guardian Beya Kabelu and Emefa Setranah 31st August 2017

What’s it like to leave your comfort zone for university?

Grammar facing legal challenge for forcing lower achievers off A-level coursesTES Tes Reporter 30th August 2017

Year 12 pupils told they could not continue with A levels after failing to achieve Bs in any of their subjects

Essay technique: How to get GCSE students writing better introductions TES Sana Master 29th August 2017

A good essay always begins with a good introduction – here one English teacher shares her tips for helping GCSE students to get off to a great start

New English GCSE ‘may be putting pupils off reading’TES Adi Bloom 24th August 2017

Research finds that the new English literature GCSE forces teachers to spend time on the aspects of a novel that pupils find least enjoyable

Proportion of students getting good GCSE grades falls after reformsGuardian Richard Adams, Sally Weale and Helena Bengtsson Thursday 24 August 2017

Share of pupils in England gaining at least a C, or 4 under the new system, falls slightly amid changes to exams and gradings

GCSE resits: Pass rate down in maths, but up in EnglishTES Will Martin 24th August 2017

As a result of GCSE resits, just one in four older students achieve a C grade in the final legacy maths exams – but results improve in English

GCSE results day 2017: All you need to knowTES TES Reporter 22nd August 2017

When is GCSE results day 2017 and what are your options?

Bringing literature to life: the new GCSE syllabus has reinvigorated my studentsGuardian Jo Bullen Tuesday 22 August 2017

Moving to a closed-book, exam-only system filled me with dread – but my students have worked harder than ever

Exclusive: Colleges given access to new students’ full GCSE marksTES Will Martin 22nd August 2017

Pearson is piloting a new project to give colleges access to new students’ full GCSE English and maths results, to boost resit grades

GCSE Results Day: How does Progress 8 work? – TES Kaye Wiggins 20th August 2017

The Progress 8 measure explained: Is the new Progress 8 system any better – and any fairer – than the GCSE grading system it replaced

Why I love the new English GCSE: a controversial romanceTES Sana Master 14th August 2017

The new English GCSE might not be perfect, but there are some positives, says this English teacher

Sats: Writing assessment changes need time ‘to bed in’, says GreeningTES Helen Ward 20th July 2017

Education secretary confirms that schools will not be judged on writing alone in 2017 but results will still be published

WATCH: The video about the wonders of teaching that’s got the internet talkingTES Kate Parker 20th July 2017

As the school year draws to a close, one teacher shares a poem on the privilege of teaching – and the internet loves it

By the numbers: More students take GCSE English and mathsTES Will Martin 7th July 2017

A sharp rise in pupils sitting GCSE English, revealed in the latest Ofqual figures, has been put down to changes in exam rules

‘GCSE classes are important, but let’s not forget that key stage 3 is the real bread and butter of teaching’TES Anne Williams 25th June 2017

Exam classes are a necessary priority, but key stage 3 is where teachers can really instil love for a subject and set down strong roots of understanding, says one English teacher

Exclusive: Ministers considering ‘all the options’ for increasing school fundingTES Martin George 13th June 2017

Sources say Justine Greening had wanted Tory manifesto to protect real terms per pupil funding but was overruled

Justine Greening re-appointed education secretary in cabinet reshuffle – TES Martin George 11th June 2017

Re-appointment comes amid doubts about whether Tories can implement manifesto pledges after losing majority

Plans to expand the 11-plus may be shelved but Greening faces her trickiest test yet’TES William Stewart 12th June 2017

Being spared the task of introducing new grammar schools could end up being a mixed blessing for Justine Greening

Sleep study suggests literacy lessons should be left until after lunch – TES Helen Ward 13th June 2017

Primary children are more alert and react faster in the afternoon, new research reveals

Elite private head teacher: ‘The children we educate will create a fairer society’ – Guardian Peter Wilby 13th June 2017

The new chair of the Headmasters’ Conference is Shaun Fento – the son of Alvin Stardust and now head of £17,460-a-year Reigate Grammar School

Higher proportion of pupils fail to get top choice of secondary school – Guardian Sally Weale Tuesday 13th June 2017

In some London boroughs, only just over half of applicants got their top choice of school. One in six 11-year-olds in England did not secure preferred place in 2017, although there was less pressure on primaries

University league tables 2018 – Guardian

Top 200 universities in the world 2018: the UK's rise and fall – Guardian Jack Moran 7th June 2017

As the latest QS world university rankings are released, we look at the big story from this year’s results – the UK slipping down global rankings

Nick Gibb – the minister behind Spag tests and harder Sats – reappointed – TES Martin George 12th June 2017

Theresa May is naming Department for Education team after re-appointing Justine Greening as secretary of state

Exclusive: Further blow for grammar schools plan as Ark boss speaks out against selection – TES Will Hazell And Eleanor Busby 12th June 2017

Lucy Heller says Ark wants to help disadvantaged and so will not “go down the grammar route”

School life of gifted pupils subject of new BBC documentary – TES 12th June 2017

‘Gifted’ will follow six teenagers over three years, at home and in the classroom

Princess Anne: ‘It is never too late to learn’ – TES Will Martin 7th June 2017

The Princess Royal was speaking today at the Learning and Work Institute’s 25th anniversary of the Festival of Learning

A plague o' both your houses: error in GCSE exam paper forces apology – Guardian Sarah Marsh 26th May 2017

OCR exam board faces censure after question on Romeo and Juliet implied that Tybalt is a Montague rather than a Capulet

Pupils angered by error in new AQA English literature GCSE – TES Eleanor Busby 22nd May 2017

Teenagers take to social media to complain about today’s paper

Six reasons why every primary school needs to embrace non-fiction – TES Aidan Severs 17th May 2017

We often encourage our students to read more fiction, but non-fiction can be just as important, argues one teacher

An examiner’s guide to getting your students ‘text savvy’ for their English literature GCSEs – TES Sarah Darragh 10th May 2017

One examiner gives her top tips for teachers who are helping students to revise novels, plays and

poetry for English literature GCSE

What does the general election mean for universities?Guardian Andy Westwood 27 April 2017

As a number of higher Education policies risk being thrown off course, universities must make themselves heard

Rowan Williams urges removal of Holocaust denier’s booksGuardian Harriet Sherwood 27 April 2017 

Former archbishop backs move to get David Irving’s works off Manchester University public shelves amid ‘extremist views’

One in 10 Kent children fails 11-plus but achieves high Sats results, analysis shows –  TES Eleanor Busby 27th April 2017

One in 10 children in state primary schools in Kent fails the 11-plus exam but achieves high key stage two scores, according to a new study.

Pupils are ‘crying in toilets’ and ‘breaking down in class’ over tougher new GCSEs, warn students and teachers TES Eleanor Busby 27th April 2017

One teenager’s post on Facebook about the new GCSEs has been shared tens of thousands of times

Speed and fluency ‘as important as accuracy’ for good writing, finds research TES Reporter 28th April 2017

Reading books aloud and having conversations with friends about books should also be encouraged, EEF study finds

From Blair to despair: education is no longer this country’s priorityTES Ann Mroz 28th April 2017

Twenty years ago, when New Labour took power, “education, education, education” was the cry – now, sadly, it has slipped down the political pecking order

‘A thrilling and heartwarming tale about a love of books’: the class book review TES Jo Clarke 21st April 2017

The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop is an enchanting story with cliffhanger endings, according to pupils at Whitchurch Church of England Primary in Hampshire

Night school saved my mum – it can save others, too TES David Lammy 21st April 2017

Adult education is vital to solving the national skills shortage, says former minister David Lammy, but all political parties are to blame for its neglect

Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started Guardian Erin Miller Thursday 20 April 2017

Thanks to inspiring and generous teachers on the social media site, my passion for my job has been renewed

Phonics leads to easier, more accurate, reading, new research findsTES Helen Ward 20th April 2017

Linking symbols to sounds helped adults learn to read unfamiliar scripts

NUT urges parents not to give details of children’s nationality and birthplaceGuardian Richard Adams 17th April 2017

Teachers’ union passes motion at annual conference challenging government’s use of data collected by state schools in England

New 9-1 GCSE grades ‘creating uncertainty for schools’BBC.co.uk Katherine Sellgren 17 April 2017

Reforms to the GCSE grading system in England has created “huge uncertainty” for schools, the NASUWT union says.

Four ways to teach GCSE pupils how to edit so they can ace question five on this summer’s English

examTES Sophie Hederer 11th April 2017

A deputy head of English explains how she trains her students to be better editors to help them produce more effective written work

Give students a more authentic, enjoyable and successful writing experience by allowing them the time and space to think TES Samantha Tassiker 21st March 2017

About a year ago I took a group of students on a creative writing course: a long weekend in Inverness away from modern technology and the distractions of everyday life.

GCSE resits cause ‘significant problems’, says Ofsted boss  BBC.co.uk Judith Burns 17 March 2017

Forcing resits on teenagers who do not get good GCSEs in English and maths is causing “significant problems”, the new head of Ofsted has argued.

‘All state schools in England to face funding gap by 2020’ – BBC.co.uk Hannah Richardson 17 March 2017

Every state school in England will see budget cuts before 2020, even after new funding plans are put into place, research suggests.

Tips for developing pupil comprehension TES Mia Sneyd 16th March 2017

Whether you are training or have trained to be a Primary or Secondary teacher, we are all teachers of Literacy. You will hear this often – but let’s be clear: this extends further than simply correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar.

One educationalist drafts a letter explained to parents the crisis in education  – Times Educational Supplement Colin Harris 15th March 2017

– and calls upon them to tell Westminster that they want more for their children

Malala has conditional offer from top UK University  BBC.co.uk 13 March 2017

Nobel prize winning campaigner Malala Yousafzai has received a conditional offer from a top UK university.

‘What would you cut?’ Schools challenge MPs over funding squeeze – TES Martin George 6th March 2017

Twitter campaign comes ahead of chancellor’s budget

Why high-flying Singapore wants more than grades – Singapore Management University Dr Lim Lai Cheng 8th March 2017

Singapore is in top place in the international rankings for education. But it wants the next upgrade of its school system to focus on keeping students positive and resilient.

The sums on creative writing degrees don’t add up. So why do we them? – Guardian Rebecca Slater 13 March 2017

When I tell people I’m doing a creative writing degree there are two questions that people usually ask: the first is “Why?'” and the second, “How?”

How to write better essays. ‘nobody does introductions properly’ – Guardian Zofia Niemtus 7 March 2017

Is Wikipedia really a no-go? Should you bother with the whole reading list? And how do you make a convincing argument? We ask the experts.

The new grading system will affect pupils sitting GCSEs this summer – Guardian Haroon Siddique – Tuesday 7 March 2017

GCSE number grades ‘confusing pupils and teachers alike’

The pupils stuck in a cycle of maths and English resitsBBC.co.uk Nick Raikes and James Longman 6th March 2017

Almost 80% of pupils in England who do not achieve a C grade in GCSE maths or English fail to attain this mark during their resits. It is leaving hundreds of thousands of students stuck in a cycle of exams.

Independent school pupils more likely to get extra time in exams – Guardian Jamie Grierson 10th February 2017

Research suggests nearly 20% of pupils in independent sector got extra time last year, compared with less than 12% in state sector

‘New GCSEs are not qualifications for the 21st century.’ TES Sasha Pleasance 9th February 2017

Research suggests nearly 20% of pupils in independent sector got extra time last year, compared with less than 12% in state sector

Ten-year-old applies to be Cambridge professor of LegoTES Kate Parker 9th February 2017

When the young boy from Aylesbury heard about an opening for a “Lego professor of play” at the University of Cambridge, he decided that, as an experienced lego enthusiast, he was perfect for the £83,981-a-year role.

The warm-up: how reflective and timed tasks can help to focus students’ minds during English lessons  – TES Mr Selleck 7th February 2017

Back in November, things weren’t clicking with my current Y11 class. Whilst their bodies would enter the classroom on time for lessons, their minds were often elsewhere

Do not rely on grade boundary predictions for new GCSEs, Ofqual warns TES Eleanor Busby 3rd February 2017

Organisations that provide schools with predicted grade boundaries for the new GCSEs are “unhelpful”, Ofqual has warned.

‘Yes, dyslexia does exist – let’s put that argument to rest’ TES Christopher Rossiter 31st January 2017

We need to move beyond debating the existence of dyslexia and instead focus on best practice for teaching dyslexic students, argues psychologist Christopher Rossiter

Children who speak English as a second language more likely to improve in primary school, figures showThe Telegraph Camilla Turner, Patrick Scott, Jack Kempster 15 December 2016

New statistics released by the Department for Education (DfE) reveal that non-native speaking children perform better than their English speaking counterparts at grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as mathematics.

ONE in five primary school children don’t speak English as their first language but half reach the benchmark standard in reading, writing and maths, official figures showThe Sun Lynn Davidson 15th December 2016

Immigrant pupils also outperform native British kids at maths according to Department for Education statistics.

‘Northern parents need to copy pushy Southerners’, children’s commissioner says TES 7th December 2016

Only by demanding the best for their children can parents close the North-South education divide, the commissioner says

Pisa: UK and England see performance drop in maths and reading, but climb rankings in scienceTimes Educational Supplement Helen Ward 6th December 2016

The UK and England have seen their performances drop in science, maths and reading, according to the latest results from Pisa released this morning.

Pisa: Wales still worst in UK in World education tests – BBC.co.uk Collette Hume 6th December 2016

Scores of Welsh students in science, reading and maths were below the average of 72 countries and economies taking part in a major study of educational performance. Welsh students also did worse than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The 10 best children’s books of 2016 – as chosen by children – Adi Bloom 4th December 2016

This year, TES started a series of weekly pupil-written reviews of books for children. Here are the 10 that most impressed our classroom critics.

Ethnic-minority pupils ‘more likely to attend grammars than white children with same Sats scores – Times Education Supplement Helen Ward 7th November 2016
There is little research on why ethnic-minority groups are so successful at passing the 11-plus test, she added, but some research has found that ethnic-minority groups are more likely to use private tutors.

Silent army of 40,000 ‘lost girls’ struggling with readingTimes Education Supplement Helen Ward 4th November 2016
More than one in ten girls have problems with reading comprehension, new data reveals.

Going old school – learning poems “by heart” Times Educational Supplement Ms O’Hare 26th October 2016

This year I am reading ‘Love That Dog’ by Sharon Creech for the first time with my year 8s.

‘Our curriculum is so narrow that it bores both pupils and teachers – and crushes creativity’ – Times Educational Supplement Colin Harris 21st October 2016
We are now creating clones, not individual children with ideas and the ability to think outside of the box, writes one educationist

Progress 8: nearly 400 secondaries expected to be defined as ‘coasting’ under new measure – Times Educational Supplement Eleanor Busby 20th October 2016
Analysis gives an indication of the number of schools that may be targeted for intervention

Which elite universities have the highest offer rates? – Telegraph Josie Gurney-Read 19th October 2016
It will come as little surprise to anyone that getting into an elite university can be highly competitive, with candidates to some Russell Group institutions having less than a 50 per cent chance of success.

British teenager achieves incredibly rare perfect score – Telegraph Lydia Willgress 20 October 2016
A British teenager is being hailed as one of the world’s brightest students after getting a rare perfect score in the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Five things you need to know from today’s new GCSE and A-level stats – Times Educational Supplement Eleanor Busby 13th October 2016
The Department for Education has released provisional key stage 4 and KS5 data this morning. Here are some key points they reveal:

Rise of the home ‘unschoolers’ – where children learn only what they want to – The Guardian Alison Parkes Tuesday 11 October 2016
Advocates say it creates delight in learning. But amid calls for more monitoring of home schooling, how do authorities work out if they’re getting an education?

Using technology to improve attainment – does this Swedish classroom hold the key? – Times Educational Supplement Kate Williams 20th September 2016
In a classroom in Sollentuna, a suburb of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, 28 12-year-olds are tapping away on tablet computers and intermittently chatting to their classmates.

The grammar schools green paper: nine key facts about Theresa May’s education revolution – Times Education Supplement Richard Vaughan 12th September 2016
Prime minister sets out her government’s plans for more grammar schools

Would you get into grammar school? Try the 11-plus exam. – The Guardian Compiled by Marianna Spring Friday 9 September 2016
Theresa May has proposed a shakeup of the education system that could lead to an expansion of grammar schools across England. Many people object to the categorisation of pupils at age 11 on the basis of an exam. But how would you fare in such a test?

The Pie News UK: HE, schools comparison site launched The Pie News Sara Custer 27th September2016 
An independent website allowing international students to search and compare the UK’s top universities, pathway programmes and boarding schools.

GCSE results: Why schools could be in the dark about their performance on Progress 8 for months – Kaye Wiggins 25th August 2016 at 11:53
Schools will not have a clear understanding of their performance in this year’s GCSEs under new accountability measures until new data from the Department for Education is released this autumn.

A*-C grades in dramatic decline as GCSE results are published – The Guardian Richard Adams and Sally Weale 25 August 2016
A dramatic fall in national GCSE results is the largest since the exam replaced O-levels

GCSE results show record decline – BBC.co.uk By Sean Coughlan 25th August 2016
This year’s GCSE results have shown the biggest ever year-on-year decline – down to the lowest level since 2008.

Pupils shun English and physics A-levels as numbers with highest grades fall – The Guardian Richard Adams and Sally Weale 18 August 2016
Students achieving As and A*s declines for fifth year in a row down to 26% of exams getting A and above

Non-EU students ‘paid £4.2 billion in UK tuition fees’ last year – Telegraph 13th July 2016
International students contribute an eighth of university revenues, according to new analysis.

GCSE results day: How Progress 8 works  – Times Educational Supplement Kaye Wiggins 26th June 2016
Progress 8 is heralded as the measure that will ensure the attainment of all students is prioritised at GCSE, not just those on the C/D borderline. But is the new system any better – and any fairer – than the one it replaced

School population rises by 121,000BBC News Education Sean Coughlan 28th June 2016
The school population in England increased by 121,000 since last year, according to annual figures from the Department for Education.

UK Universities called for continued global outlook after BREXIT – Relocate Global Magazine Rebecca Marriage 24th June 2016
As the result of the EU referendum becomes clear, the UK’s international education institutions are considering the impact of the country’s vote to leave the EU.

Gold star for English-language international schools – Financial Times Emma Boyde 20th June 2016 
British boarding schools are seen as the gold standard in terms of education

Why making a swift Brexit isn’t best for children’s futures – Times Educational Supplement Nicky Morgan And Jim Knight 17th June 2016
Teachers have had their say – they want to remain in Europe. The secretary of state for education and a former schools minister explain why they’re not surprised

UK schools with large numbers of EU migrant pupils ‘perform better’ – The Independent Rachael Pells 1st June 2016
School Dash analysts suggest that white European children may improve their school’s academic attainment levels as a result of greater work ethics

Meg Rosoff condemns UK education policy as an ‘assault on childhood’ – The Guardian Alison Flood 31st May 2016
Accepting the Astrid Lindgren award, the YA novelist Meg Rosoff attacked overwhelming stress on exams over culture

The Guardian University guide 2017: university profiles index – The Guardian 23 May 2016 
Find out the key information about each UK university, including fee, bursary and accommodation details

Is it fair for Shakespeare to overshadow Cervantes? – BBC News Magazine James Badrock 18th April 2016
Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died days apart, 400 years ago, each of them a giant in his own language and literary tradition.

Your child is our lowest priority unless they are exam-age – The Guardian Secret Teacher 12th March 2016
We’ll pay attention when they’re writing GCSEs or A-levels but until then we can barely tell them apart at parents’ evening

Ucas Extra: a chance to rethink your Uni choices – The Guardian Natalie Gil 8 March 2016
Have you applied to university through Ucas, but received no offers? Or did you change your mind and decline your offers? Don’t worry, you can still go to university.

Complicated changes to GCSE changes are a catastrophe in the making – The Guardian Laura McInerny 16 February 2016

Traditional GCSE subjects for all pupils – BBC Sean Coughlan 11th June 2015
All secondary school pupils in England will have to take GCSEs in core academic subjects, under plans to be set out by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

New funds will bring writers into schools – Times Educational Supplement Adi Bloom 1st June 2015
A new scheme, aiming to improve the quality of creative-writing lessons by sending professional writers into schools, has been launched.

Rise in number of children reading for pleasure – Times Educational Supplement Helen Ward 20th May 2015
Dystopian teen novels such as the Hunger Games trilogy are likely to be one reason for children being increasingly likely to say they enjoy reading, say literacy experts.

GCSE league tables slammed as a ‘nonsense’ by private schools – The Independent Alison Kershaw Thursday 29 January 2015
Some combinations of English GCSEs and some international GCSEs do not count in the rankings

Nick Gibbs sets out his timetable for educational reform in 2015 – The Independent Nick Gibb Wednesday 7th January 2015
The Schools minister reveals what he believes the Government must still do if the country is to have a world-class schools system

Ofsted will mark down schools that refuse to teach all pupils five ‘core’ GCSEs, Tories pledge – The Telegraph James Kirkup Sunday 30 Aug 2014
State schools will be urged to enrol all pupils for GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography

GCSE results: Fears grow over English and maths grades – TES connect  StephenExley Wednesday 20 August 2014

Six ways to make your postgrad degree stand out – Natasha Clark  The Guardian   Monday 7 July 2014
Emphasise what you’ve gained and give real world examples to make your postgrad degree stand out to employers

The special educational needs reforms are a lost opportunity – Rebecca Ratcliffe  The Guardian  Sunday 6 July 2014
Headmaster Barry Huggett on why he feels that education, health and care plans will benefit students with severe disabilities but not those with language-based problems

Bilingualism offers ‘huge advantages’, claims Cambridge University head – Lucy Ward The Guardian  2 June 2014
Vice-chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz wants education system to allow children to strive to become as bilingual as they can be

Journalism, publishing and public relations – The Guardian  Guardian Students Series  1 June 2014
The study of the production and distribution of information made available by printed or electronic means. PR courses examine how organisations manage their reputations

Meera Syal: to exclude American literary giants from GCSE syllabuses would be bizarre – Dalya Alberge  The Observer 1 June 2014
To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible inspired her to write. Now the actress and writer’s novel Anita and Me has replaced them on some English literature courses

How to get a job when you graduate – Libby Page The Guardian 31 May 2014
Recruiters share the ten key skills students really need when they graduate

Unthinkable? British Isles writing for English readers – The Guardian editorial 30 May 2014
There is a compelling case for English pupils to face more Scottish, Welsh and Irish literature

Why is Oxbridge taking fewer state school students?– Gabby Koppel The Guardian 27 May 2014
Both universities run activities to encourage applications, but they are not leading to more admissions for comprehensive pupils

Harry Potter stardust helps boarding to keep its sparkle – Max Davidson The Telegraph 16 May 2014
British independent schools are defying the doom-mongers

With immigration a big topic in the European and local elections, BBC News local government correspondent Mike Sergeant visits a school in north-west London, where there are 42 languages spoken in the playground. – BBC 5 May 2014

Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes writes in both English and his native tongue. He contemplates bilingualism and belonging. – Guardian 3rd May 2014

Majority of parents worried schools are changing too quickly, says survey – Guardian 2nd May 2014
Survey finds 73% agree pressures on schools to implement initiatives in a short time could harm their child’s education

English Language the most popular for international instruction– Time Higher Education 30 April 2014 by Chris Parr
The use of English as the language of instruction is a “galloping phenomenon” across the world, according to a report.

Will doing a master’s get you a better job? Well, maybe…– The Guardian 14 April 2014 Rebecca Ratcliffe
Statistics suggest that people with a master’s are more likely to find work, but such figures should be treated with caution

How good is your grammar? – MKWeb April 2014

The English have it relatively easy.  The English language, a major export of the country, ensure that in whichever nook or cranny of the world an Englishman may find himself, wiill understand their mother twang. But how good at the British at speaking English?

Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2013 – September 2013

Parents: how to prepare for school entrance exams – William Stadlen The Telegraph 11 Dec 2013

English and creative writing – Education Guardian Guardian Series  Saturday 25 May 2013
Critical study of – and training in – literature, including poetry, novels, plays – and language

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