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Teachers to get sweeping powers to decide exam results in England [wtr-time]

Teachers will get sweeping powers to decide exam grades in Englandthis year, in a move that was welcomed by school leaders but brought warnings of “extremely high grade inflation” because of a lack of clear guidance. Rules announced by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, will emphasise “fairness and flexibility” in how each school decides to award […]

Read more 1 month ago

See if you can do better, head tells critical parents [wtr-time]

Headteacher suggests parents sending ‘highly critical’ feedback to staff on remote lessons should retrain as teachers A primary school headteacher has sent a letter to parents advising those who have been criticising online lessons to train as teachers themselves. In the letter to parents, Colin Dowland, headteacher of Woodridge Primary School in Barnet, North London, described […]

Read more 2 months ago

The Digital Divide [wtr-time]

The Digital Divide In the latest lockdown. The closure of schools and the transition to remote learning has highlighted the stark reality of the digital divide across the UK, with many children and families finding themselves without access to the basic resources needed to receive and engage with their education. Paula Arrowsmith, Regional Director at Ormiston […]

Read more 2 months ago

Covid 19 and Classroom Management [wtr-time]

Covid 19 and Classroom Management I know…what an interesting topic you are thinking! Just bear with me…..hang on in there. There might be something for you. Do you know what one of the main concerns is for the Government at present? (Apart from the obvious!). It is to do with compliance. How to make the […]

Read more 4 months ago

England: ‘shocking’ decline in primary pupils’ attainment after lockdown [wtr-time]

There has been a “shocking” decline in primary school pupils’ levels of attainment in England after lockdown, testing has revealed, with younger children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected. The results provide the first detailed insight into the impact of the pandemic on academic attainment among young children and show an average decline in […]

Read more 5 months ago

Sport in School [wtr-time]

No sports days, cricket matches, egg and spoon races or parent and child relays. We have missed a whole summer of sport in schools, professionally, socially and watched endless reruns of the Premier League, Champions League and the Gallagher Premiership. We have managed and now have a huge list of sports fixtures compressed into a […]

Read more 5 months ago

Are these the funniest stories about teaching? [wtr-time]

Yes, teaching is sick. Yes, teaching is broken. Yes, teaching is toxic. There is bitter truth in all of these statements. I’ve written about them, painfully and in depth. But while we’re bemoaning the mess that our profession finds itself in, it’s also worth reminding ourselves that teaching is joyful. Teaching is humbling. And teaching is also […]

Read more 6 months ago

My working week…. [wtr-time]

Monday Our inquiry line is ringing constantly. We thought returning to school after lockdown would be difficult for many children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send), and we were right. The coronavirus rules mean that what they’re used to has changed. One child with autism won’t come out of his bedroom as he’s too […]

Read more 6 months ago

Scotland’s National 5 exams to be cancelled next year [wtr-time]

Scottish National 5 exams will be cancelled next year and replaced with teacher assessments and coursework, Scotland’s education secretary has announced. John Swinney said going ahead with all senior school exams during the pandemic was “too big a risk”, adding that the decision meant schools could “build an exam diet for highers and advanced highers […]

Read more 6 months ago

Paying for education? [wtr-time]

Phil Crompton former Headteacher, CEO of a Multi-Academy Trust and author of “In Search of My Alumni “suspects more and parents will be paying to educate their children over the next 10 years. In 2010 when I became the Headteacher at Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford on the edge of Nottingham I had a mission. […]

Read more 7 months ago


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