Disadvantaged pupils’ final results, leading class teachers and secondary schools slip

Excellent week for

Disadvantaged students. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in major colleges accomplished their best ever outcomes this yr: 67% hit government targets in maths, studying and creating, up 6 percentage factors 2012.

Best teachers. Two homegrown successes are among the finalists of this year’s global instructor prize. Tom Bennett, who teaches in east London, and Richard Spencer from Middlesborough could win $ 1m (£640,000) for their outstanding teaching.

Poor week for

Secondary colleges. Ofsted’s new annual report identified 83% of principal schools are now rated excellent and outstanding, a three percentage stage boost this 12 months, in contrast with 71% of secondary schools – a figure that hasn’t changed given that 2012-13. Read a synopsis of the report here.

Schooling in the north. Of the bottom 14 nearby authorities for secondary college provision, Ofsted’s yearly report located all but one particular are in the north of England. Oldham in Higher Manchester showed 1 of the largest yr on 12 months falls.

What you’re saying

Schooling secretary Nicky Morgan and colleges minister David Laws announced plans to set up a member-led School of Educating. Writing in the Guardian, they explained: “This new entire body will enable teachers, like other professionals, to set their own higher requirements for their members, to take a lead in strengthening the profession’s skills and abilities, and to champion higher specifications for children…. helping to put it on an equal footing with other higher-standing professions such as medicine and law.” Some of you imagined it would be a good thought:

But other individuals were much less enthusiastic:

Photograph of the week

This one’s from Twitter – @ClaireNavaie got innovative with her EYFS pupils this week. We loved her notion to use tons of diverse shapes and contours to tell a story.

The week in numbers

About 15,000 teachers will be sent back to the classroom for retraining underneath a £67m government initiative to increase college specifications in maths and science topics.

Teaching posts in Scotland have been cut meaning there are 254 fewer teachers in 2014 than final year – but three,425 far more pupils.

In Ofsted’s annual report the proportion of colleges judged good or excellent at their most recent inspection reached 81%. This is the highest proportion of excellent or excellent schools there has ever been.

Dates to remember

World Languages Week requires location from Wednesday 17 December. Worldwide Human Solidarity Day is on Saturday twenty December last 12 months Ban Ki-moon declared this a day to “keep the promise manufactured at the flip of the millennium and depart a legacy of peace, prosperity and sustainable progress for generations to come.” The winter solstice is on Sunday 21 December –it will be the shortest day but longest night of the 12 months.

Assets for you

  • All about planets will take a seem at how day and evening relate to the earth’s rotation.
  • This interactive advent calendar characteristics the story of the gingerbread man in English, French and Spanish.
  • The eight Millennium Development Targets for minimizing global poverty by 2015 can be identified here and includes a photo action.
  • Hand out these end-of-year messages to your college students with these pretty certificate templates.

Blogs and comment

Quote of the week

This week’s quote of the week comes accompanied by a video of a bunch of singing teachers. Teacher Jackie Schneider challenged us to discover a more festive principal college than St Teresa’s in the London Borough of Merton. The personnel there have done their really own rendition of Winter Wonderland. Check them out under.

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