Monthly Archives: December 2015

Fis-edsolutions ltd blogs on report from bbc that The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies.

The Education and Adoption Bill addresses the problem of underperforming “coasting” schools, but allows less challenge or consultation.

Labour peers wanted more consultation for parents and said academy status was not the only way to improve schools.

“It seems no opposition is to be tolerated,” said Labour’s Lord Watson.

But the government survived an opposition amendment when the result was tied at 219 votes on both sides, another amendment was defeated by a margin of 14 votes.

Rapid response

Education Minister Lord Nash said the government’s plans were manifesto commitments and weak schools needed urgent improvements without excessive procedural delays.

Last week, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan introduced her own amendment to the plans so that failing academies would also come under scrutiny, with the expectation that they would be taken over by another academy chain.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that local authorities running schools should become a “thing of the past”.

Shadow education minister Lord Watson said there was no evidence to show academies were inherently better than local authority schools.

And he warned an excess of “political dogma” was behind the push for academies and excluding the views of parents would create “mistrust and resentment”.

Fis-edsolutions reports BBC report states More primary schools succeed in ‘three Rs’

There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the “three Rs”, data shows.

In 2015, 80% of Year 6 pupils achieved Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, up from 78% last year.

Improvements for disadvantaged pupils also continued, with 70% reaching the expected level in the basics, up three percentage points on 2014.

Ministers said 90,000 more 11-year-olds than in 2010 had a “good grounding”.

The Department for Education said the results showed schools across the country were “rising to the challenge of raised standards and expectations for all pupils”.

The assertion comes as the government publishes data – or league tables – detailing schools’ performance in national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, taken by Year 6 pupils in the summer term.

 

fis-edsolutions reports on press release that Schools are spending thousands of pounds on recruitment agencies to hire teachers,

Schools are spending thousands of pounds on recruitment agencies to hire teachers, some paying up to £10,000 to fill vacancies, a new survey shows. The figures by the National Association of Head Teachers showed the most common fee paid for each vacancy filled was £1,000 to £3,000, a fee paid by 44% of schools. They survey also showed 79% of school leaders had a problem recruiting, with the main reason – in just over half the cases – being a shortage of applicants. Additionally, the number of respondents who identified teachers leaving the profession as a problem had doubled in a year, to 30%. NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: “The Education Committee today asks whether there is a crisis in the recruitment of teachers and school leaders; our evidence clearly shows that there is.”