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What’s On Your Naughty or Nice List?

What’s On Your Naughty or Nice List?

As you are nearing the end of this term and looking forward to a well-deserved break, no doubt you’ve started at least thinking about preparing for the year ahead too. We all have certain tasks and projects that we prefer over others, but ultimately we all know that the work needs to be done. Let … Continue reading What’s On Your Naughty or Nice List?

Pupil outcomes – how well are MATs performing?

Pupil outcomes – how well are MATs performing?

Multi-Academy Trusts are new to the education industry. There is, therefore, only a small amount of data available that can be used to draw up a performance comparison with mainstream schools. But, so far, how are MATs performing with regard to pupil outcomes, compared to mainstream schools? The Institute of Education released a report early … Continue reading Pupil outcomes – how well are MATs performing?

Is artificial intelligence the future for student results?

Is artificial intelligence the future for student results?

Earlier in the year, the TES reported that artificial intelligence could take over from humans in the marking of student exam papers – but how much do we actually trust a computer to mark a student’s work? At a conference, organised by the Westminster Education Forum and held to debate the future of England’s exam … Continue reading Is artificial intelligence the future for student results?

Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

In January 2018, the Department for Education published the long-awaited updated statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and staff, shortly followed by the statutory guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges in February 2018. Well, the truth is that probably feels like a lifetime ago so we thought we’d provide a curated … Continue reading Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

A YouGov survey of 4,000 people has recently found that only 6% of UK workers work the traditional hours of 9 - 5. Almost 50% of workers who took part in the survey use flexible arrangements to help them with their other commitments, such as compressed hours and job sharing, BBC News has reported. The … Continue reading Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

It has been reported by the Times Higher Education that Pearson, who are responsible for supporting BTEC qualifications, have developed an artificial intelligence tool which could mark and grade student essays. The artificial intelligence tool will be tested in US higher education system before coming to the UK. Pearson has developed this tool using IBM’s … Continue reading How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

The robots that help children to return to school

The robots that help children to return to school

The TES has recently reported about an East Midlands project which aims to give children, who are ill in hospital, the chance to go back to school. Currently over 72,000 children are missing out on their education due to a long-term illness. The project has been given £544,143 in funding by the Department for Education. AV1 … Continue reading The robots that help children to return to school

Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Thousands of students will get their GCSE results in August. These results will affect their decisions on what to do next and it is important for them to consider their options carefully and seek careers advice where appropriate. Students will consider whether to leave school, stay on in a sixth form, go to college or … Continue reading Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships –  by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships – by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has made eight recommendations, via its annual report, to help improve the uptake of apprenticeships in the UK. There are eight key proposals that the TES have highlighted as the most important. The government need to ensure that apprenticeships are flexible to better suit small and medium sized enterprises … Continue reading Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships – by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships