Deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to GCSE | UKEdChat Editorial

The BBC reports that analysis by the National Deaf Children’s Society shows that deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to GCSE.

Analysis shows that only 30.6% achieve a GCSE strong pass – Grade 5 or above – in both English and maths, compared with 48.3% of children with no special educational needs.

And 57% fail to reach expected levels in reading, writing and maths in Sats tests at the end of primary, compared with 26% of children with no SEN.

The NCDS urges more government funding.

Its analysis of government…

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Challenging perceptions of millennials in the workplace and building resilience in young employees | UKEdChat Editorial

Millennials are often portrayed as narcissistic and work-shy, dubbed ‘snowflakes’, a term which is used to characterise them as less resilient than previous generations, or too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own.

I believe that all young people have a natural ability to succeed at work – and even to bring valuable insight which older generations may lack, however, there is a significant proportion of young people who enter employment ill equipped to deal with the simple pressures of the working world. Whether this is due to failure to prepare them at…

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New measures announced to reduce workload for teachers | UKEdChat Editorial

Teachers in England will receive more early career support, opportunities for flexible and part-time working, and a reduction in their workload – in a new strategy aimed at boosting the number of teachers in the profession and making sure talent stays in schools across the country.

Launching the government’s first-ever integrated strategy to recruit and retain more teachers in schools – developed alongside and welcomed today (28 January) by teachers, education unions and leading professional bodies – Education Secretary Damian Hinds has set out plans to attract and retain the next…

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Over 50% of pupils in England now attend an academy | UKEdChat Editorial

For the first time, more than 50% of pupils in England are now taught in an academy or free school.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds hailed the milestone as “a decisive moment” and urged more schools to consider the freedom and opportunities offered by becoming an academy.

Today’s figures, published by the Department for Education, reflect school leaders’ recognition of the autonomy and freedom to innovate offered by the academies programme, alongside the increased ability to make decisions in the interests of staff and pupils. This included measures such as altering the…

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Is rote learning overrated? | UKEdChat Editorial

No film set of a 1950’s primary school classroom would be
complete without the serried ranks of neatly dressed children chanting times
tables aloud at their wooden desks.

Since those days, learning through repetition has fallen in
and out of vogue. That’s why it’s so interesting to witness the recent
resurgence in support for rote learning, backed by high-profile figures from
the world of politics and education alike.

One voice that speaks out in favour of rote learning in maths is Professor Barbara Oakley, whose New York Times OpEd article reignites the debate by…

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Key components of a mentally healthy school | UKEdChat Editorial

Mentally healthy schools are schools that pay
ongoing and dedicated attention to the emotional wellbeing of both students and
staff and put in place policies and interventions to ensure that students and
staff feel cared for, listened to, understand, nurtured and valued for what
each of them, individually bring to the school community.

Teams at CCMH and TIS UK have seen some superb examples of mentally healthy cultures at the schools we have visited while judging our recently launched Mentally Healthy School awards. These awards, presented jointly by both organisations, aim to…

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UK school children given unique chance to create animated characters for TV series via @NightZookeeper | UKEdChat Editorial

The team at Night Zookeeper is delighted to be giving primary school children across the UK a unique opportunity to use a new (and free!) website to create characters for a soon-to-launch animated TV series in a world first.

Of course, Night Zookeeper is already well-known to school children aged seven and above as an award-winning digital platform that encourages literacy and writing, but soon it’ll also be an animated series on Sky Kids!

Since making the initial announcement last Autumn, the team been giving children the chance to participate directly in the show’s…

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