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U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

The math and science achievement of U.S. students continues to surpass the global average for nations taking part in a prominent assessment, results issued Tuesday show, but several East Asian countries and jurisdictions far outpace the United States, especially in mathematics. The most striking contrast comes in the 8th grade, where nearly half of all [...]

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Government’s Prevent strategy means pupils ‘too scared to talk in case they’re branded radical’

Government’s Prevent strategy means pupils ‘too scared to talk in case they’re branded radical’

Fears of being branded an extremist are preventing pupils from engaging in debate in the classroom, teachers have warned. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference voted to urge the Government to withdraw its “Prevent” strategy – which puts a duty on teachers to report any signs that pupils may have been “radicalised”. [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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Sevenoaks School Science & Innovation Week – Gerald High explores STEM learning

Sevenoaks School Science & Innovation Week – Gerald High explores STEM learning

Most schools have special weeks of some kind – arts, science, technology. Not many, I guess will play host to the De Lorean car from ‘Back to the Future’, the ‘Bloodhound’ Supersonic Car project, ‘Star Wars’ characters and a host of spectacular science and engineering presentations, all available free to schools across the South East [...]

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

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’ [...]

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Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Too many parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, according to a report. A poll of parents by charity Save the Children revealed nearly half of those polled (47 per cent) had low expectations of their children’s ability to learn  reckoning they would know 100 words by their third birthday – just half [...]

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Sexist bullying leading to girls keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled ‘swotty,’ claims teachers’ leader

Sexist bullying leading to girls keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled ‘swotty,’ claims teachers’ leader

Brainy girls are keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled as “swotty”, a teachers’ leader has warned. They fear that if they show themselves to be clever they will be seen as unattractive to the boys in their class. Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers will draw attention to the growing [...]

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Ucas Clearing system should be abolished, majority of students tell survey

Ucas Clearing system should be abolished, majority of students tell survey

More than half of students want to see Ucas Clearing completely abolished and, instead, be replaced by a system that enables them to reapply in September with their actual grades, according to a recent survey. Forum and wiki, The Student Room, spoke with just over 6,300 students to find almost 60 per cent want to [...]

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Learning outside the classroom, great for teaching science and maths.

Learning outside the classroom, great for teaching science and maths.

Both primary and Secondary school teachers can use a Human Sundial to enhance their students understanding and mastering of the Earth Sun relationship. Once you have installed a Human Sundial you can demonstrate how the earth’s rotation on its axis causes night and day. You can also demonstrate why the earth being tilted 23.5 on [...]

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Solving a problem that comes with teaching secondary school pupils basic literacy

Solving a problem that comes with teaching secondary school pupils basic literacy

A common problem that comes with teaching secondary school pupils who require additional support in literacy is that there is often a lack of interesting, informative and age-appropriate, ready-made material available. Fortunately, Ark Educational has produced the “Literacy Through…”  Worksheets Series, which is a resource containing an extensive range of activity worksheets designed to support [...]

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Early language skills ‘key to later success’

Early language skills ‘key to later success’

Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. It found 21% of pupils who struggled with language as they began school, failed to meet the expected standards in national tests when they left. The researchers said poor [...]

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NUT says tackling teacher shortage ‘should be priority’

NUT says tackling teacher shortage ‘should be priority’

Teachers are calling for tackling staff shortages to be made a priority rather than “politically motivated” projects such as academies and free schools. The National Union of Teachers heard warnings of a “crisis” in schools struggling to recruit teachers. Teachers warned of excessive workload and inadequate pay damaging both recruitment and retention. A Department for [...]

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