Scrap ‘pointless’ GCSEs says Education Select Committee Chair | schoolsnortheast

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Education Select Committee Chair Robert Halfon MP has called for GCSEs to be scrapped and A-Levels replaced by a baccalaureate.

He argues that emphasis on a  “knowledge-rich curriculum”, through performance measures like the EBacc, has pressurised teachers to train to the test. This leads to the focus being on rote learning above skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and team-working, Mr Halfon believes.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said:

“GSCEs are the gold standard qualification at age 16 and a passport to…

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Education Links w/c 11th February 2019 | schoolsnortheast – Chronicle Live, Council bosses ‘quietly optimistic’ over future of Haydon Bridge High School. – Chronicle Live, Hexham and Seaton Delaval are both set to get new school buildings. – Chronicle Live, Multi-million pound plans unveiled to expand three Northumberland schools….

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MPs to debate Gateshead Heads’ funding petition | schoolsnortheast

Parliamentary time has been allocated for debate on a school funding petition launched by the Gateshead Heads’ Forum. MPs are set to discuss the matter on 4 March at 4:30PM.

The campaign was spearheaded by Andrew Ramanandi, Head Teacher of St Joseph’s Catholic School in Blaydon. In response to the news Mr Ramanandi said:

“Head Teachers across Gateshead are pleased that the petition they initiated has resulted in a debate in Parliament. 

At the end of November last year, we sent parents a letter to let them know how the lack of sufficient funding was affecting our schools. We encouraged…

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Ethical Leadership Commission final report published | schoolsnortheast

A new set of principles to support school leaders, governors and trustees in navigating “the educational moral maze” has been set out in the Ethical Leadership Commission’s final report.

The Commission was launched by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in 2017 and includes senior representatives from across the education sector. It was established because of concerns expressed by ASCL members and others about the lack of guiding principles for ethical leadership in education.

Building on the Nolan Principles of Public Life, it comprises a set of values and virtues,…

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North East academy leaders welcome new inspection framework | schoolsnortheast

Ofsted’s draft 2019 Inspection Framework is strongly welcomed by North East academy leaders, according to polling conducted by Schools North East.

Over 220 delegates attended yesterday’s Schools North East Academies Conference. Opinion was gauged in a special session where delegates used Slido, an online audience interaction tool, to give feedback.

They indicated unanimous support when asked, “Overall, is a new, curriculum-led framework a positive move forward?” and near unanimous support when asked, “Will this give North East schools better opportunity to give a good account of…

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Heads can report Ofsted inspectors on new workload hotline | schoolsnortheast

Ofsted is to launch a new hotline for Head Teachers to report inspectors who unnecessarily add to their school’s workload.

The new service will allow schools to flag up if and when the inspectorate fails to meet its commitments to ensure that it does not contribute to increased workload.

The plans have been revealed in the government’s new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published this week.

It says that Ofsted has committed to tackling teacher workload through its new inspection framework by:
Checking whether workload is unnecessarily high as part of its leadership and…

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Government policy hurting teacher recruitment, say Durham University academics | schoolsnortheast

A new paper published by Durham University academics Beng Huat See and Stephen Gorard argues that teacher shortages are partly created by government policies themselves. They indicate that flaws in the selection system, school funding system, the official extension of the education and training leaving age and increases in the number of small schools may be to blame.

In the article’s abstract the authors say:

“There is widespread concern about the shortage of secondary school teachers in England. Recruitment to initial teacher training regularly fails to meet its intake targets. The…

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