UK Education News – February

News has been reported this month that better State schools are beginning to put the Private sector at risk and A-Level Maths standards have declined since the 1960’s causing concern over the standard of education students are receiving. Here is a round-up of the UK educations news for February.

Ofsted Downgrades One In Four ‘Good’ Schools Under New Short Inspections


Inspectors say that they can tell “within a few hours” whether the culture of the school is orderly and positive and the school is well led, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw writes in his latest monthly commentary.

There were 318 one-day inspections last term and 64 per cent of the schools retained their “good” status.

A further 8 per cent were upgraded to outstanding, and 28 per cent of the schools were given a lower rating.

Read the full article here. 

Schools In The North East Top Rankings To Challenge Claims Of A National Divide


Official claims of a North-South divide in England’s school standards are debunked by a new analysis for TES which shows that schools in the North East outperform all other regions on GCSE and Sats results when pupil background is taken into account.

The analysis, carried out by Education Datalab, shows that the region’s schools had the highest scores in the country in 2015 for “contextual value added”, a measure that assesses pupils’ progress and takes into account a range of contextual factors including gender, ethnicity, deprivation, special educational needs and whether English is an additional language.

Read the full article here. 

Better State Schools Put Private Sector At Risk


UK state schools have improved so much that some private schools may go out of business, the Good Schools Guide says.

When the guide was first published in 1986, it recommended 10 state schools – 4% of its total. This year, about 300 schools (25%) are in the state sector.

Editor Lord Lucas said featured schools were chosen by parents who were more interested in sending their children to state schools now than in the past.

Heads Warn Over Pupils’ Untreated Mental Health Issues


Children’s untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers.

The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern.

A snapshot survey of 1,455 English heads suggests two-thirds of primary schools cannot deal with such issues.

Read the full article here. 

A-level Maths Standards ‘Have Declined Since The 1960s But Held Steady Since The 90s’


Students who score a B grade in A-level maths today would only have received an E grade 50 years ago, new research suggests.

But despite standards dropping in the past half-century, there is no evidence that they have fallen since the 1990s, according to a study by academics at Loughborough University.

Read the full article here.

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