UK Education News – March

News has been reported this month that tackling the teacher shortage should be a priority over projects such as academies and Supply teacher’s are missing out on pay and development. Here is a round-up of the UK educations news for March.

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.

Read the full article here.

93% Of School Leaders ‘Against Government’s Education Plans’

Poll by NUT reveals huge majority of headteachers, deputies and assistants disapprove of academisation project

School leaders are overwhelmingly opposed to the government’s education policies and future plans, a survey of senior staff has found.

Approximately 93% of headteachers, their deputies and assistants polled by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) agreed it was “inappropriate” for the government to enforce the academisation of 17,000 primary schools within the next six years, taking them out of local authority control.

Three-quarters (74%) said cuts to local children and family service funding were increasing pressure on teachers, while 70% said their school’s funding situation next year would negatively affect educational standards.

Read the full article here.

Superheads Boost Results But Leave Schools In Chaos

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Parachuting a “superhead” into a school causes havoc in the long term and is only a quick fix for exam results, academics warn in a report seen by The Times.

Head teachers appointed to turn around failing academies often achieve good exam results by ignoring younger pupils and coercing parents into home-schooling problem children. Millions are spent on superheads’ salaries and on consultants hired to repair the damage after the heads leave, researchers said.

Read the full article here.

Supply Teachers ‘Missing Out On Pay And Development’

The NASUWT says supply teachers are being denied entitlements on pay, pensions and working conditions.

The union calling for urgent action to regulate all supply agencies and introduce national standards for the employment of supply teachers.

The Department for Education said there were “clear laws” to ensure agencies treated their staff‎ fairly.

Read the full article here.

Teachers Threaten Boycott Of ‘Difficult’ Primary Tests


Teachers have threatened to boycott primary school tests, saying that the new assessments are too difficult and pupils in England are among the most tested in Europe.

The National Union of Teachers, the largest classroom union, which represents most primary school teachers, called for tests for seven and eleven-year-olds due in May to be cancelled.

Read the full article here.

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