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GCSE art subjects are falling out of favour

Pupils are shunning art subjects in favour of more ‘serious’ GCSE options. Schools are said to be encouraging brighter students to focus on subjects that will boost their performance rating.

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Government to scrap controversial SATS for 7yr olds

The government has announced plans to scrap the currently compulsory national test for 7 year olds. As part of a larger plan to overhaul how progress is measured in primary schools the tests will become optional from 2023. SATS have been heavily criticised for the level of pressure they put on young children so the announcement will be certainly welcome by some.

 

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Teacher Recruitment Crisis Continues

There are growing concerns over the lack of new teachers joining the education system and also the steep decline in teachers remaining in the profession following qualification. This article highlights the issues more and more schools are facing as teacher retention rates are worsening.

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Proportion of children missing out on their 1st school choice at highest this decade

The proportion of children missing out on the first choice of secondary school has risen to its’ highest level this decade. As the battle to secure places in top secondary schools continues it appears more and more are having to settle with second best choices.

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Are Sats losing the battle in Schools

Interesting article on how even those behind the SATS are starting to question their use within the school environment.

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1 in 4 miss out on National Offers Day

This week saw school children across the UK being offered places in local primary schools, but almost 1 in 4 missed out on their first choice. This has left parents and councils struggling to come up with suitable alternatives.

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NUT Vote Against Grammar Schools

The National Union of Teachers have overwhelmingly voted against Theresa May’s plan to increase the number of grammar schools in the UK. This article highlights their reasons why.

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Outstanding Schools Add Huge Premium to House Prices

Houses in catchment areas for schools rated ‘Outstanding’ consistently command higher prices then their counterparts outside the inclusion maps. This article highlights the staggering house price hikes linked to successful schools.

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Grammar Schools Opening Doors to Disadvantaged Pupils

A recently study has found that Grammar schools are changing their entrance criteria in order to encourage more disadvantaged pupils to apply for places. The article below highlights the school stat are leading the change in policies.

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Latest Press – The Spectator

We are pleased to announce that Isobel was recently interviewed for an interesting article covering the sometimes daunting prospect of moving your child mid-year into a different school.

 

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