Tablets in school, option nativity plays and criticism for A-degree reforms

Excellent week for

Option nativity plays. If your colleges is planning an unconventional nativity, it is not alone. Parents on Netmums mentioned characters, such as Elvis Presley, have been launched to their school’s annual demonstrate, with some plays being named winter celebrations. Mothers and fathers expressed concern that traditions have been being “pushed aside”.

Tablets in college. A study commissioned by training technological innovation charity Tablets for Colleges has identified that practically 70% of primary and secondary colleges in the Uk now use tablet computers. That mentioned, there’s no clear evidence that the gadgets improve academic functionality.

Bad week for

Overhaul of A-amounts. Government A-level reforms have been criticised by headteachers. 4 topics have been scrapped, maths and additional maths reforms have been delayed for a yr and other courses are nevertheless to be accredited. “It’s chaotic,” explained 1 headteacher.

Teacher shortages. We might soon have to begin seeking overseas to fill educating vacancies simply because of teacher coaching shortages. There is expected to be a seven% shortfall in recruitment following September. Provide instructor companies are now hunting to Australia and Canada to fill roles.

What you’re saying

This week we’ve explored psychological wellness stigma in colleges and how to combat it. We held a dwell chat on the topic which you can locate in full right here and also covered why teachers should be open about their personal psychological wellness troubles. It’s a topic that raised a lot of debate on Twitter. Share your stories about psychological illness with us and how well your college coped by means of @GuardianTeach.

Photograph of the week

And so the countdown to Christmas starts. It is officially the first week of December and we are going to be gathering photos of Christmas classrooms. To feature in our gallery and show that you have the most festive classroom of all, tweet us your images by means of @GuardianTeacher.

The week in numbers

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics has found that 25% of 16- to 21-year olds row with their mother much more than after a week. This is compared with 16% who row with their father weekly.

The Nationwide Council on Teacher top quality has launched a report detailing the very best areas to teach in the US. Ranked at number 1 is Columbus and at quantity 2 is Atlanta.

In Wales, the amount of primary college pupils going on unauthorised holidays during phrase-time has enhanced by 3.2%. Half of Welsh councils asked headteachers to refuse requests for holidays for the duration of term time but schools can authorise up to 10 days absence per pupil per 12 months.

Our Christmas giveaway

We’ve been providing away a prize a day with our 12 days of Christmas interactive. From iPads to chocolates, we have tons on offer so make confident you get involved. It’s easy to enter – just click on the right day and fill in the form. Don’t fret there are no strings connected, we just want to say thanks to our followers.

Dates to remember

Celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UCHR) on Wednesday ten December. Hanukkah, also recognized as the Festival of Lights, is a single of the most important Jewish holidays and begins at sunset on Tuesday sixteen December.

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