Teachers consider taking industrial action with junior doctors over Government academy plan

Teachers may take joint action with the junior doctors as part of their campaign against the Government, National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower has said. In her farewell speech to the NUT conference Ms Blower said she had received a letter of support from Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee after her union had voted to back a ballot on strike action over the Government’s proposal to turn every state school into an academy. The junior doctors are also in the middle of a…

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Minimum £30,000 salary would force half of overseas teachers to leave Britain, union warns

The union warns the proposals will create a recruitment crisis PA Government proposals which could see half of overseas teachers forced to leave the country will increase the teacher recruitment crisis to record levels, the NASUWT teachers’ union has warned. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is currently considering plans to raise the minimum salary for all skilled migrants from outside the EU from £20,800 to £30,000. It is estimated that while the £30,000 cap would affect 14 per cent of all applications from skilled workers, it would hit 48 per cent…

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Teachers need flexible working to stop women leaving profession, says thinktank

Study warns of ‘shocking waste of talent’ and calls for improved childcare to encourage female teachers back to classrooms after maternity leave One in four of all teachers who quit in recent years were women aged between 30 and 39, found Policy Exchange. Photograph: Burger/Phanie / Rex Features Schools need to embrace flexible working and offer benefits to stop the “shocking waste of talent” that sees women dropping out of teaching permanently after maternity leave, according to a leading education thinktank. Jonathan Simons, author of a paper to be published…

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One primary teacher’s open letter to the government: ‘The standards expected are now untenable’

The publication of the new primary assessment materials was the straw that broke the camel’s back for this English coordinator. She decided she had to write an open letter to education secretary Nicky Morgan Dear Nicky Morgan I have been considering writing to you for some time and have decided, in the light of thepublication of the exemplification materials by the Department for Education that I cannot leave it any longer. I am writing to complain about the standards now expected of Year 6 pupils at the end of key stage 2.…

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‘The government owes primary teachers an apology’

The National Curriculum now requires that children in Years 5 and 6 be taught to “propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning”. The Department for Education would have done well to follow this directive when publishing its recent complaint, in which it accused teachers and union leaders of being ‘disingenuous’ when complaining that the department seemed not to know what they were doing. If their intention was to calm the waters, then the effect fell far from that aim. The word that springs to…

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100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school – according to teachers

TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results. 1          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 2          Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 3          Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4          Matilda by Roald Dahl 5          The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 6          The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis 7          The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 8          We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…

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UK schools suffering as newly qualified teachers ‘flock abroad’

Lured by competitive salaries and a warmer climate, newly qualified teachers are heading to the Gulf, the far east and beyond, says Sir Michael Wilshaw Kindergarden pupils at Jumeirah primary school in Dubai. Photograph: Stephanie Kuykendal/Corbis The staffing crisis in schools is being exacerbated by an exodus of newly qualified teachers who are “flocking abroad” to work in the rapidly growing international sector, including branches of England’s elite public schools, it has been claimed. Sir Michael Wilshaw, who is the chief inspector of England’s schools, warns that the country is…

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Teachers work more overtime than any other professionals, analysis finds

Teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research. A study of official figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that 61.4 per cent of primary school teachers worked unpaid overtime in 2014, equating to 12.9 additional hours a week. Among secondary teachers, 57.5 per cent worked unpaid overtime, with an average of 12.5 extra hours. Across all education staff, including teachers, teaching assistants, playground staff, cleaners and caretakers, 37.6 per cent worked…

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UK schools suffering as newly qualified teachers ‘flock abroad’

Lured by competitive salaries and a warmer climate, newly qualified teachers are heading to the Gulf, the far east and beyond, says Sir Michael Wilshaw Kindergarden pupils at Jumeirah primary school in Dubai. Photograph: Stephanie Kuykendal/Corbis The staffing crisis in schools is being exacerbated by an exodus of newly qualified teachers who are “flocking abroad” to work in the rapidly growing international sector, including branches of England’s elite public schools, it has been claimed. Sir Michael Wilshaw, who is the chief inspector of England’s schools, warns that the country is…

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Teachers at Trojan Horse-linked school banned from profession

Two teachers who worked at a “Trojan Horse”-linked school where pupils were “fed on a diet of Islam” have been banned from the classroom. Inamulhaq Anwar, aged 34, and 41-year-old Akeel Ahmed had denied the allegation they had agreed with others, on or before March of 2014, on the inclusion of “an undue amount of religious influence in pupils’ education”. At the end of last year a professional standards panel handed both the former staff members at Park View Academy in Birmingham interim teaching bans after finding the allegation proven,…

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