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68% of teachers say they spend too much time marking and not enough teaching

Teachers in the UK are spending the equivalent of a whole day every week on marking and reporting. In a new international study1, the UK ranks among the highest in terms of time teachers spend on admin, which could otherwise be used teaching in the classroom.

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FOR any employer delivered training, measurement and accountability has to be a given, says Louise Doyle, director at online quality improvement specialists MESMA, who welcomes apprenticeship reform but wants to see greater clarity surrounding external quality assurance measures.

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ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity is launching new training to help primary and secondary school staff manage continence in the classroom and ensure their policies and procedures align with legislation. The Children and Families Act 2014 outlined the responsibility of schools to support children with medical conditions, including children with bladder and bowel problems and those that have yet to master the skill of independent toileting. 

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As more than half a million children receive their primary school offers, town hall leaders are calling on the Government to clarify how councils will be expected to provide enough places for everyone when all schools have converted to academies.

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A £5.6 million project to provide a new building for the 480-place Pyrford Primary School near Woking has started on site. The contract awarded to the Portakabin Group is the first scheme in the £28 million Surrey and Kent batch of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. Four other primary school rebuild projects in this batch are in the final design development stages.

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Specsavers | Screening For Schools
Pupils ar Ravenstone Preparatory School in London try out the 'School Screener EZ' which helps detect potential sight problems in children.
13th November 2015

RADICAL new online vision screening software is being provided free of charge to all schools nationally, following a study revealing that millions of UK children under the age of 12 have never had an eye test.

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Elliott, part of the Algeco Scotsman Group, world leader in modular space solutions has been awarded a contract of over £30M by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

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Teachers using data system FFT Aspire are invited to take part in research on the impact of the ways schools use data.

The survey aims to reveal the different ways in which teachers use data, especially its place in informing, managing and monitoring our expectations of students’ academic progress.

Teachers taking part in the survey will be asked what they do with data and where they get it from, as well as perceptions of and attitudes toward aspects of data use.

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Viking, the school and office supplies channel of Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and services in the UK are inviting pupils from primary and secondary schools to get their creative juices flowing and take part in Viking’s Young Inventors’ competition.

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Adoption UK has been campaigning for a better understanding of the issues facing adopted children in schools so we are delighted that the government is to consider a number of changes to make life in the classroom better for adopted children.

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Unlocking Speaking and Listening in Every Child is an informative and stimulating book about teaching young children how to acquire the aforementioned skills, and thereby communicate effectively. Hopper discerns that speaking and listening skills are generally assumed to have been learnt before school, and so do not need to be taught, leaving the focus on writing and reading.

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The empty parking bays outside your building could be earning a useful additional income for your school. Website and app JustPark rents out space in school car parks to drivers on evenings, weekends and during the holidays - and it’s free to list yours online.

Like many public institutions in the UK, schools and colleges across the country are coming under increased pressure to cut costs - whilst at the same time maintaining a high standard of education for their pupils.

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Specialist independent education agency, Class People, has responded with surprise to the NASUWT survey that suggests supply teachers are missing out on pay and development opportunities. The survey which suggests that 58% of supply teachers were not getting enough work is at odds with Class People figures.  

“We are in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis and therefore schools are having to rely more heavily on agency cover for support, which has led to us struggling to fill our placements due to teachers’ lack of availability." 

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By Helen Trayler, Managing Director, Wordsworth Editions

This is a banner year for literature. Obviously, for us, every year is a banner year for literature. Literature is what we do. But this year, with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the beginning of the Brontë 200 celebrations, the media spotlight is being shone more brightly than ever on the classics.

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Finding the time to do a whole day training session can be a big ask of your staff, especially when they are already scrambling to get everything done on time. One innovative solution is breaking up a whole day training session into a number of smaller distance learning sessions that are easier to fit around busy schedules.

So, what is distance learning training?

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