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In the run-up to the highly anticipated Modern Foreign Languages Conference 2018, we caught up with keynote speaker Jane Harvey, President – Elect at the Association for Languages Learning, to address the major challenges facing MFL teaching and the future of MFL learning.
1. What are the major challenges MFL teaching currently faces?
Robyn Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of Education Placement Group specialists in teacher recruitment, recently partnered with Education Support Partnership (ESP). ESP is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of teachers, and its free and confidential 24-hour helpline receives over 7,500 calls a year from education staff who have reached breaking point. Here she answers some questions about the rising mental health issues within teaching...
Bloomsbury Education have very kindly provided QA Education magazine with a collection of four fabulous new titles, which we are giving away to one lucky reader!
The collection spans a primary school’s needs are aimed at heads as well as trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers. The titles cover the following in-depth: planning interventions, differentiation and CPD on both independent learning and technology in the classroom.
The four titles in the collection are:
100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Interventions, by Stephen Lockyer (£14.99)
To mark International Women’s Day today, home education provider Oxford Home Schooling is celebrating women in education by compiling a list of the top female figures from recent history who have influenced the British system.
The British education system is revered all over the world, with the standard of teaching and breadth of curriculum earning global admiration.
Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of English schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.
The government body, which is responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK, has recently revealed changes to its inspection strategy moving forward to 2022. These include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.
A leading recruitment agency has warned that the teacher shortage crisis is "reaching a critical level".
Latest figures from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) have revealed that acceptances to teacher training courses have plummeted by seven per cent this year.
This year is the fifth consecutive year where government targets for teacher training have been missed, with only 26,000 people being accepted on to teacher training courses for 2016 and 2017.
Teachers across the UK have a powerful new voice after two of the nation's largest unions joined forces to create one "super-union".
The new National Education Union will become the biggest union of teachers and education professionals in the whole of Europe, as well as the fourth largest trade union in the UK, with almost half a million members.
This new super-union, which was announced today, comprises the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers, and will come into existence on 1 September 2017.
Whether we like it or not, it appears that more and more schools will become ‘married’ as part of a Multi Academy Trust in the years ahead; leaving behind their relative independence (and the varying quality of parenting provided by different Local Authorities) in order to enter into an often polygamous lifelong partnership with other schools.
NEW SURVEY SHOWS SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING MORE FLEXIBLE IN ORDER TO FILL VACANCIES, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF TEACHER QUALITY
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