Month: March 2013

More schools hiring unqualified teachers ‘to save money’

Critics of coalition policies seize on survey in which majority of teachers said unqualified colleagues were taking lessons Chris Keates, the NASUWT general secretary, said the increasing use of unqualified teachers was ‘part of the wider strategy to depress costs

Schools face teacher shortage crisis, claims Labour

Pupils in England could be taught in bigger classes and by unqualified staff from next September, as a rising population puts pressure on school capacity, Labour has said. Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said an extra 15,000 teachers would be

‘Unfair’ university admissions claim

Ethnic minority students are less likely to get places at top universities than white pupils with the same A-level grades, according to research from Durham University. Researchers looked at application data from 49,000 students from 1996 to 2006. The study

Teachers call for performance pay back-down

Teachers in England and Wales are calling on the government to reconsider plans to link pay to their performance. Performance-related pay (PRP) will have a “catastrophic effect” on teacher recruitment and retention, says Mary Bousted, head of the Association of

Experts Recommend a Switch in Teacher Evaluations

Washington — When it comes to judging teacher effectiveness, value-added models—statistical models that a number of states and districts have adopted to rate teachers based on student test scores—are too problematic to be of practical use and could unfairly hurt

States, teachers lock horns over curriculum

Chris Tolhurst A uniform approach sounds good in theory, but the fine-tuning is causing some angst. Unconvinced: Debra Bateman believes the draft of the national curriculum has conceptual and procedural flaws. Photo: Eddie Jim For many teachers and parents, the

Boys suffer poor body image, say teachers

Boys increasingly have low self-esteem about their body image, teachers warn. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers claims the promotion of ideal body images is reducing both boys’ and girls’ confidence in their own bodies. Last year, the All Party

Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says. Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of

Bright sparks driven by passion to teach

Teaching continues to be a popular career choice attracting plenty of high-quality candidates. ‘I AM hugely excited about being a teacher,” says Israel Carroll. ”I can’t wait to go in full time and have my own class.” About to embark

Why girls in India are still missing out on the education they need

India is no longer considered a poor country and yet many children do not receive a good education. Rachel Williams reports Meena (not her real name) didn’t tell her parents when the older boys started harassing her on the hour-long