Education & schools work update
Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Rachel de Souza: 'We went to pupils' homes and got them out of bed': Head teacher Rachel de Souza knew her pupils needed a wake-up call â€“ literally â€“ to improve standards. As a result, she arranged for teaching staff to go round to their homes during the Easter holidays and drag them out of bed to come in for maths revision classes. It is just one of the innovations which has transformed the failing Costessey secondary school in Norwich into the thriving Victory Academy within 12 months.
- Apply for university AFTER getting your A-level grades:Â The most radical overhaul of university admissions for half a century would allow students to apply after they receive their A-level results, sparing them the anguish of the clearing system.
- Schools acting as 'surrogate parents', says Ofsted chief: Schools are being forced to act as "surrogate families" because growing numbers of parents struggle to bring up their children properly, according to the new head of Ofsted.
- Summer-born children 'less likely to attend top universities': Summer-born children are considerably less likely to attend top universities than pupils with autumn birthdays, according to research.
- Social mobility of young people 'being held back by government policy': Cuts to education, benefits and pensions likely to lead to deeper inequalities in the future, saysÂ theÂ National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Â The government's radical proposals make it "difficult to be optimistic" about meeting ministers' commitments to increase social mobility for young people, an influential thinktank has warned.
- Teachers suffering from 'burnout', warns new Ofsted chief: Good teachers should be given time off to stop them suffering from classroom "burnout", according to the incoming head of Ofsted.
- Parents urged to be proud of apprentices: Parents should be just as proud of their children securing a top apprenticeship as getting in to university, the new shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg, said.
- More than 35,000 Sats papers are re-marked: More than 35,000 Sats papers were sent back for re-marking this year by primary schools across the country, as headteachers questioned the quality of marking and the validity of the tests.
- Towns where 1 in 4 young people are 'Neets' revealed: Doncaster, Grimsby and Warrington named in first study to map clusters of under-25s who are not in work, education or training
- Jarrow marchers joined by hundreds of supporters as they complete trek: Protesters who recreated the original 1936 march hand petition to No 10 calling for action on youth jobs and services. Â A group of activists who recreated the famous 1936 Jarrow March for Jobs completed their journey on Saturday.