Schools facing ‘national crisis’ over teacher recruitment, headteachers’ leader warns
Headteachers fear difficulties in finding new staff are exacerbated by Government’s shifting emphasis on GCSE requirements
Schools are in the grip of a “national crisis” over teacher recruitment, a headteachers’ leader will tell the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan this week.
Allan Foulds, the president of the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary headteachers and college leaders – will warn the shortage of recruits is so severe it is jeopardising the Government’s drive to improve standards in schools.
In his address to his association’s annual conference on Friday Mr Foulds will draw attention to the shortage of recruits, the exodus of teachers from the profession, and the public spending squeeze which is making it difficult to attract candidates for almost every subject on the curriculum.
Learners have plenty to teach L&D about great user experience, new research reveals
Head of Marketing at Filtered Paolo Lenotti and Head of Advisory Services at Towards Maturity Marnie Threapleton to co-host an online event about how today’s workers learn – and how L&D is failing them.
Filtered and L&D benchmarking specialists Towards Maturity recently ran a global study of 3,500 learners to understand what motivates today’s workers to learn, when they prefer to learn, what’s their willingness to curate and share knowledge, who influences their choices and what support they need. The report, ‘The Consumer Learner at Work’, is simply a wake-up call for the L&D industry.
For example, 80% of employees who have invested their own time and resources in learning can see how online learning helps them further their career. And 70% think online learning already had a positive impact on job performance. However, only 21% of organisations support employees’ career aspirations or personal job goals, and 4 out of 5 L&D leaders admit they struggle to engage staff.
Cambridge University college launches scheme to widen state access to study medicine
Gonville and Caius project was designed to show Cambridge students are ‘not all posh boys in red trousers’
Medical student Rachel Fox talks to pupils at Gonville and Caius College Micha Theiner
One of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges has launched a scheme to encourage sixth-formers from state schools to apply to study medicine by letting them experience undergraduate life.
The project was the brainchild of two medical students at Gonville and Caius College who were concerned at the difficulties facing state school pupils who might find it harder to break into the profession. They wanted to give practical advice and show them that Cambridge students were “not all posh boys in red trousers”.
One in six secondary schools ‘at or over capacity’
Number of families missing out on a place at their preferred school could rise this year amid mounting pressure on places ahead of allocation day
Thousands of children could miss out on their preferred secondary school as new analysis reveals that one in six are now “at or over capacity”.
Last year, 84,000 families did not get their preferred choice of secondary school – a rise of over 7,000 on the previous year – and experts have suggested that these figures could rise again this year, amid mounting pressure on school places.
In 2015, nearly half of pupils in some parts of the country missed out on their first choice of secondary school, with London and Birmingham two of the worst hit areas.
The warnings come as families across the country wait to hear which secondary school their child has been allocated on what is known as ‘national offer day’ on Tuesday.
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