Boris backs grammar colleges, academy trusts finances and wellbeing

Very good week for

Grammar colleges. They produced headline information soon after London’s mayor Boris Johnson came out in help of them. Johnson described the selection to scrap grammar schools as “a actual tragedy for this country”.

Financial education. The Church of England needs to set up clubs, run by credit unions, in principal schools to assist youngsters save and understand about cash and budgeting.

Poor week for

Academy trusts. Nearly half of academy trusts have paid hundreds of thousands in public money in the direction of personal companies of directors, trustees and their relatives, according to a Nationwide Audit Workplace (NAO) report. The chair of the public accounts committee, Margaret Hodge, explained that the Schooling Funding Company essential to get a grip of these “dubious” relationships.

Diversity in college. This week a main headteacher, Jamie Barry, spoke about how he was attacked by mother and father for educating pupils about homophobia, which led to calls for ministers to openly back schools teaching about diversity.

What you are saying

It is been wellbeing week on the Guardian’s Instructor Network and it’s excellent to see all your comments on the posts we place up. We’ve ran a range of pieces, from ideas on how to rest to the best meals for keeping energy amounts higher, and we even had a debate on work-lifestyle stability. We also asked you to tell us what you’ve been undertaking to maintain pleased. Sophie Mcblain sent above a rather bubbly suggestion – cheers!

Photograph of the week

Our photograph of the week is of a dish which is really frankly tasty. It is a recommendation that characteristics in Guardian journalist Hannah Friend’s write-up on meals for instructor to help improve energy levels this winter. She shared the recipe for a prawn tang noting that spices can have a constructive result on your health and mood. A gastro-winner and feast for the eyes.

The week in numbers

Issues have been raised above maths skills in Welsh colleges. A report exhibits that 52.eight% of pupils in Wales got a grade A*-C in maths in 2013, but that figure dropped to 50.six% this yr.

A report has showed that London’s GCSE success is down to the capital’s varied ethnic mix. Figures demonstrate virtually 61% of 16-12 months-olds in the capital gained at least five A* to C grade GCSEs last summertime, greater than every single other region in the Uk. The research identified that schools with a various pupil population performed better than people with white British youngsters.

Ofqual is to investigate a rise in particular requirements examination concessions at GCSE and A-degree. Last year noticed a ten% rise in in England, Wales and Northern Ireland of pupils requesting permitted changes to their exams.

Dates to remember

Really do not forget that Anti-Bullying Week and Road Security Week both begin on Monday 17 November and run till the Friday 21 November. Thursday twenty November is Planet Philosophy Day, a Unesco event that focuses on the role philosophy plays in public life.

Teachers, how happy are you in your occupation? Fill in our survey

The typical instructor now works much more than 50 hrs a week, leading to alarm about happiness and wellbeing in the profession. We want to hear from you about how content you are in your job, and what management help you get. To gather responses we’ve launched a survey for you to reply to anonymously here.

Blogs and comment

Quote of the week

We enjoyed this exchange on Twitter. When asked what recipes can maintain vitality ranges large for teachers, one particular respondent on Twitter advised the rather novel approach.

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