Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fis-edsolutions ltd : BBC report on Teacher shortage ‘costing millions in supply staff’

Teachers’ union leaders are warning that teacher shortages are costing schools hundreds of millions of pounds in temporary supply staff.

The National Union of Teachers says schools in England spent £733m last year on supply teacher agencies.

The union says it is wasting money intended for children’s education.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is launching a TV recruitment campaign to attract a “new generation of passionate and gifted teachers”.

Head teachers have been reporting deepening problems with getting enough staff.

The Department for Education has launched a television advertising campaign to encourage more applications, saying that 35,000 trainee teachers need to be recruited every year.

Cash incentives

There are particular problems in finding teachers in subjects such as physics, and the government is offering increasingly generous bursaries.

A physics graduate with a good degree can claim up to £30,000 tax free for entering teaching.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation rejected the NUT claims as unfair and said schools with vacancies “rely on their recruitment partners to bring in quality teachers, often at very short notice”.

“Agencies charge a daily rate for temporary contracts and the majority of this will go directly to the teacher. It is up to schools, agencies and teachers to negotiate pay rates and this can vary according to location and other factors such as how much experience the teacher has,” said head of policy Kate Shoesmith.

She said agencies “typically take between 15-30% cent of the fee”.

Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “Heads are increasingly forced to rely on supply agencies because they can’t find permanent staff in time.

“This creates real problems with continuity and coherence, particularly important with vulnerable children. It is also expensive at a time of increasing budget pressures.

“If the recruitment pressures continue, more drastic measures are just around the corner, including appointing non-qualified staff, narrowing the curriculum or increasing class size.”

Labour’s shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said that school budgets are already under pressure, but “head teachers are turning to agencies in desperation to fill the gap”.

“Ministers need to take real action to recruit and retain teachers in sufficient numbers to tackle the crisis in schools which is threatening standards.”

fis-edsolutions ltd blogs Standards continue to rise under the government’s flagship academies programme, which is improving the education of thousands of pupils across the country, provisional GCSE figures published today (15 October 2015) show.

Standards continue to rise under the government’s flagship academies programme, which is improving the education of thousands of pupils across the country, provisional GCSE figures published today (15 October 2015) show.

Provisional GCSE results, published for the first time today, show that converter academies are performing 7.2 percentage points above the national average, with 63.3% of pupils achieving the headline measure of 5+ A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths.

Alongside this, figures show recently-opened sponsored academies are matching or bettering their performance year-on-year, in spite of the significant challenges of transforming underperforming schools.

Increases over the first few years of performance for sponsored academies demonstrate the rapid improvement which can be achieved when underperforming schools are taken over by strong sponsors.

For the first time, converter academies make up the single biggest school type of secondary school, representing more than 40% of schools with results out today. This demonstrates that the government’s flagship academies programme is continuing to transform the landscape of English education, with more heads enjoying the freedom to run their school in a way that works for their pupils – and in doing so creating a greater choice of good school places.

High-performing converter academies make up the majority of academy sponsors, allowing the best headteachers to share their expertise with others – around three-quarters of the 120 sponsors approved in the last school year were academy converters, demonstrating significant progress towards a self-improving, school-led system.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/academic-standards-continue-to-rise-under-the-academies-programme

 

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd blogs A recent report suggests top graduates ‘offered £30,000′ to teach physics

Top graduates are being offered tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000 to train to teach key academic subjects, such as maths and physics, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, announced today.

The sum represents an increase of £5,000 from last year for first-class physics graduates, who can now expect to be rewarded a £30,000 incentive for teaching the subject.

There were also increased bursaries announced of up to £25,000 in otherEnglish Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects including maths, biology, chemistry, computing, languages and geography.

More than 16,500 trainees currently receive a training bursary every year.

The increase follows the announcement of controversial plans to make every pupil study the Ebacc subjects at GCSE.

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, recently confirmed that all pupils will be expected to take GCSEs in English, maths, science, geography or history, and a language by 2020.

fis-edsolutions ltd- There will be no more free schools under a future Labour government, the shadow education secretary has said.

 There will be no more free schools under a future Labour government, the shadow education secretary has said.

During her first speech in post, Lucy Powell also told her party’s conference in Brighton that academy chains would be made accountable.

Critics of free schools complain they are expensive and often not in the areas where school places are needed.

The government argues free schools are providing places where they are needed and that parents should have a choice.

Ms Powell accused the government of wilfully neglecting its “basic duties of providing a school place and teachers to teach”.

She said it was “no wonder there’s a crisis in school places when local authorities have neither the means or the resources to open or expand good schools. This, we will change,” she added.

‘Wholly failing’

Local councils should be able to ensure there are sufficient places for children in their area as well as fair admissions, she said.

But the government’s “fixation” with turning all schools into academies and its “political positioning” on free schools had meant the Tories had been failing to address the big challenges in education.

Ms Powell said she, and her team, would hold “the government to account on the areas where they are wholly failing”.

She said teacher recruitment had been “botched”, that teacher retention was “in freefall” and that teacher shortages were “dangerously high”.

This was because ministers were “doing down the profession” and “ignoring the views of the workforce”, she said.

“They are leaving in their droves and it’s our children who are paying the price,” she added.

There are 252 free schools open in England, with a further 52 set to open this term, out of a total of about 22,000 schools in the state sector.

The Conservatives have pledged to open 500 extra free schools by the end of this Parliament.