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'Cautious' teachers need social media support from schools
A lack of support from schools is making teachers “cautious” about blogging and using social media, an academic has warned. Dr Helen Woodley told the annual conference of...
Schools urged to ignore 'dangerous' gender guidance
Schools are being urged to ignore “dangerous” new guidance on pupils’ gender from a pressure group. Transgender Trend, an organisation set up by parents who “question the trans...
Government faces second judicial review over pupil data collection
The Department for Education faces its second legal challenge over the data it collects on school pupils. Months after Against Borders for Children and Liberty jointly requested permission...
Times-tables tests for 8 and 9-year-olds to start at 290 primary schools next month
Trials of a new times-tables test for year 4 pupils will begin at around 290 primary schools from next month. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, today announced the...
ESFA 'to blame' for rescinded school application
The government’s education funding arm “significantly contributed to the failure” of a new secondary school that had its planning permission rescinded just weeks before it was due to...
SENCO Forum finally fixed three months after DfE error
The National SENCO Forum is finally up and running again, in full almost three months after it was accidentally taken offline by the Department for Education. The 2,500...
QTS rule change means 9,000 prospective teachers can retake skills test
At least 9,000 prospective teachers barred from training after failing a skills test three times will be able to book retakes again from this Thursday. Schools Week understands...
QTS skills test: Lock-out period and retake charges scrapped
The government is to scrap the controversial lock-out period that currently prevents would-be teachers from retaking the QTS skills test for two years if they fail it three...
Teachers need proper sex education training, warn experts
External speakers should not be used as substitutes for trained teachers under plans to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools, subject experts have warned. From...
Teacher workload crisis threatens examiner recruitment
Teacher workload and reforms to GCSEs and A-levels are affecting examiner recruitment. Union officials, school leaders and examiners have lined up to call for a change in approach...
REVEALED: The local authorities with the biggest staffing cuts
Secondary schools have lost more than 15,000 members of staff over the last three years, but teacher-to-pupil ratios have remained relatively stable. Schools Week analysis of new data...