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Schools Funding Crisis Worsens

Despite the recent pledge by the government to protect schools budgets, the realities of a funding system that is failing to keep up sufficiently with factors such as increasing school population, inflation and a shortage of personnel was illustrated in a report published by the Times Educational Supplement: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35005292#ukeducationnews#schoolsfunding Councils

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Will Shanghai Method Yield Dividends in UK?

The Department for Education’s introduction of Shanghai mathematics in UK schools by means of a teacher exchange may have a positive effect on exam scores, according to one leading education figure: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/26/shanghai-teaching-method-could-improve-uk-results-within-four-years David Reynolds, the professor of education at Southampton University suggests that UK pupils’ performances in the next Pisa

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Teacher Recruitment Crisis Deepens

The long-standing teacher recruitment shortage is once again being reported on: http://bbc.in/1O57dsN As has been previously stated on this blog, there appears to be a widening gulf opening up between teachers and their representatives on the one hand, and the government on the other. The former are represented by bodies

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Grammar schools: a question of privilege?

An interesting article centering on the news that government ministers have decided to approve Weald of Kent School’s proposed expansion into a new site in Sevenoaks, yields some important points of discussion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34535778 Although the government, represented here by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, is keen to stress that this

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Teacher shortage in UK schools

This report referred to in this article, featured last month on the BBC news website (http://bbc.in/1KYhR39), highlights what has been apparent for some time; the chronic shortage of new teacher training recruits which, combined with a projected increase in pupil numbers at secondary school level, risks increasing the already heavy

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The Road to University

Exam markers love quotes, and here’s one from the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu – ‘The longest journey begins with a single step.’ So it is with the road to university. But where does this first step begin? The last year of school? After IGCSEs? The start of secondary school? The

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The University Admissions Essay

Whilst there are significant differences between the UK personal statement and the US university admissions essay (and our specialists will point these out to you), there are some things you can begin thinking about years before writing time rears its ugly head: 1 – Try to really excel at (at least)

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