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Schools urged to remind staff of ‘emergency evacuation plans’

Schools have been reminded to keep staff up-to-date with procedures in their individual plans for emergencies after a school was evacuated on Thursday following reports of a bomb threat. Castlefield Campus, a school for year 10 and 11 pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, in Manchester, was cleared out this morning following reports of a “suspicious package”.

January : Friday, January 02, 2015


New maths GCSE exam has ‘damaged pupils’ confidence’

The first “big, fat” maths exams have knocked the confidence of even able students as they prepare to sit two more papers, teachers have warned. On Thursday, students sat one of the government’s tougher, reformed maths exam papers for the first time. One maths teacher who took the test with her pupils yesterday told TES it included some “ridiculously difficult” questions, and she thought she had dropped at least eight marks.

January : Friday, January 02, 2015


Schools spend thousands of pounds on ‘question banks’ to improve GCSE grades

Schools are spending thousands of pounds on “question banks” to prepare pupils for exams and to improve assessment outcomes. The banks, which allow teachers to access different types of questions on a single topic, have grown at a “crazy” rate, say exam boards.

January : Friday, January 02, 2015


DfE adviser calls for maths GCSE resits U-turn

The academic who ministers asked to review post-16 maths education is calling on them to make a major policy u-turn, and abandon compulsory GCSE resits. And in another blow to government plans to boost maths, Professor Sir Adrian Smith is also warning that universal participation in the subject until the age of 18 is only a distant “aspiration”.

November : Friday, November 28, 2014


Schools face years of funding cuts if Tories win election, say think-tanks

Schools in England will face real-terms funding cuts for years to come if the Conservatives win the general election, according to analyses by two think-tanks. The figures show year-on-year falls over the coming parliamentary term despite a Conservative manifesto promise to redirect £1bn in additional funding to state schools by slashing free school meals for infants.

October : Friday, October 31, 2014


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