By Tami McCrone
Amidst the excitement of GCSE results and commentary on the new grading system for English and maths yesterday, you may be forgiven for missing the fact that the latest quarterly statistical first release (SFR) from the Department for Education on young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) was also published.
By David Weston
NFER has shown that engaging staff lies at the heart of retaining them but how do school leaders put that into action? The report suggests that there a number of aspects of staff engagement that are particularly associated with staff retention, including job satisfaction, having adequate resources, reward and recognition, and being well-supported by management. Continue reading
By Ben Durbin
“What is evidence good for? Absolutely nothing!” This was one of the memorable moments from Campbell Collaboration CEO Howard White’s opening speech at the What Works Global Summit this week (quickly followed by the qualification: “Unless it gets into policy and practice”) Continue reading
If, like many education professionals, you’ve barely had more than a few moments to skim recent media headlines, you’d be forgiven for believing that the ‘controversial’ baseline assessments have been withdrawn. The reality is, however, that reception baseline assessments have not been scrapped. Continue reading
By Tami McCrone
As the election debates stagger on I find it interesting that there is so little focus on young people and preparing them for the challenging world of work ahead of them. I accept that I am an education researcher (so have quite an interest in this area) but it seems to me that the future of our country relies heavily on them. When I’m sitting in my rocking chair in years to come I want to be sure that our country’s economy, defence, health service (and education system) are in good hands.
Learning to ride a bicycle can be a developmental milestone for some children, offering them a way to gain independence and freedom. There are many appeals of cycling – bicycles “use no fossil energy, deliver important health benefits … and provide an affordable and seamless door-to-door mobility service”. However, cyclists are also vulnerable road users. In the UK, the risk of someone who cycles being killed or seriously injured is reported to be highest for young cyclists aged 10-15 years.
By guest blogger Karleen Dowden, Apprenticeship, Employability and IAG Specialist at ASCL, and former teacher
As the academic year comes to an end for many this week, teachers all around England will be feeling an overwhelming sense of relief and looking forward to a much needed and well-deserved period of rest and relaxation.