UK Education News – April

News has been reported this month that thousands of children will miss out on their first choice primary school across England. Results show that council run schools are outperforming academies which is putting further pressure on the government who are forcing all schools to become academies in the next few years. Here is a round-up of the UK educations news for April.

Children As Young As Six ‘Stressed’ About Exams And Tests

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The mental health of children as young as six is being blighted by exam stress, education staff have told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Of 420 ATL members who responded to a poll, almost half said pupils in their school had self-harmed – and 89% said testing was the main source of stress.

The government says children’s mental health is a priority.

Read the full article here.

Too Many School Libraries ‘Face Cuts Or Closure’

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Too many school libraries in England face cuts or closure with schools increasingly viewing books as obsolete, a teachers’ union has heard.

One head teacher decided “all reading can be done on iPads,” a delegate told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said that school libraries “played a vital role”.

Read the full article here.

Thousands Miss Out On First Choice Primary School

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Tens of thousands of children failed to get into their first-choice primary school on national offer day in England, and Labour have said that the situation will only get worse as a result of government plans to make all schools academies.

In London, where demand for primary places is highest, one in six families learned on Monday that they had failed to get a place for their child at their preferred primary from September.

“The number of pupils is rising, yet at the same time as the increase in demand, the government has tied the hands of councils and local areas and made it harder for them to properly plan for school places. Their policy to force all schools to become academies will make this even worse,”

Read the full article here.

Local Authority Schools Outperform Academies, Research Suggests

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86% of council-run schools in England rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 82% for academies.

The government’s plan to force all schools to become academies has come under further attack with research which suggests that council-maintained schools outperform academies at inspection.

Read the full article here. 

Childcare Recruitment ‘Catastrophe’ Looms

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The requirement for new nursery staff in England to have good GCSE passes in English and maths will lead to “catastrophic” staff shortages and should be scrapped, campaigners say.

From September, new recruits must have at least GCSE C grades in the subjects, with alternative equivalent qualifications no longer accepted.

Read the full article here.

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