E-book shows how to use an LMS to reduce staff turnover
A learning management system (LMS) can save the average business a great deal of time and money, according to the results various research projects, brought together in an e-book by Create eLearning.
According to Create eLearning, an LMS can:
Drastically reduce the cost of recruiting, selecting and training workers
Improve worker productivity throughout their career with their employer
Reduce the pressure on an organisation’s workforce caused by worker vacancies
Mark Taggart, Create eLearning’s chief executive, explained, “Employee turnover means inconvenience, time and budget losses, temporary workforce overload and hiring replacements among other things. The cost of replacing a worker is the sum of various costs including numerous interviews, the on-boarding (induction) process and the opportunity costs of not being able to undertake projects because you don’t have the workers with appropriate skills.”
Budget cuts pose ‘serious danger’ to education standards
There is a “serious danger” that severe budget cuts will mean that schools will not be able to maintain their current standards of education, headteachers have warned.
Schools across England are being forced to cut courses, equipment and books, increase class sizes and make redundancies amid a continuing squeeze on finances, according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
It accused the Government of “asking the impossible” by demanding that schools improve standards, without giving them the money and resources to do so.
A survey of ASCL members, conducted by the union ahead of its annual conference in Birmingham on Friday, found that more than three in four (77.1%) believe financial pressures have had a detrimental impact on the education they are able to give pupils.
The vast majority (84.6%) said they have not received enough funding in the past 12 months to meet the essential needs of their school or college.
More than half (52.7%) said their financial situation was serious, or very serious, with a further 17.6% admitting it was critical. More than one in four (28.3%) said their situation was worrying but that they were coping, and the rest said their situation was fine.
Nearly seven in 10 of those polled (69.5%) said they had been forced to cut resources such as IT equipment and textbooks, while 65.9% said they had reduced the number of courses they offered and 63.9% had increased class sizes.
More than a third (38.4%) had made job cuts. Others said they had cut senior leadership posts or not replaced departing staff.
The survey also found concerns that the situation is unlikely to improve, with a third (33.5%) saying it will be “critical” and a further 56% saying it will be serious, or very serious.
Research has shown that England’s schools will have to make real-terms cuts of around 8% over the next five years, because of extra costs that they will have to meet from their existing budgets, ASCL said.
It added that according to its own analysis, a secondary school teaching 1,700 pupils aged 11 to 18 with a budget of £7.9 million would have to make cuts worth £531,000 in 2016/17 – equivalent to more than 10 teachers.
Flexible working could help solve teacher shortage, think tank argues
Schools in England should embrace flexible working to tackle a teacher supply crisis, argues a think tank ahead of a head teachers’ conference.
Teacher shortages will be high on the agenda as the Association of School and College Leaders meets this weekend.
Flexible working could bring thousands of teachers back into the profession, argues the Policy Exchange paper.
A government spokesman agreed too many women teachers were leaving the profession.
Schools face a dual threat posed by funding cuts and severe teacher shortages, ASCL’s annual conference will hear.
“These problems are so acute that there is a serious danger we will not be able to maintain current standards, let alone raise them further,” union president Alan Foulds will warn in a speech.
The report, written in conjunction with ASCL, explores teacher recruitment and supply in a series of essays.
Vetting red tape could force up private school fees, warns headteacher
There should be a common system which schools can use to carry out background checks, says chair of the Society of Heads
The cost of performing an “ever-growing” number of background checks on staff could force independent schools to increase their fees, a boarding school headteacher has said.
Schools were having to appoint administrative staff dedicated to making “safer recruitment” checks on new teachers, said Dominic Findlay, headmaster of the £9,300-a-term Langley School in Norfolk.
He said that it was time for the authorities to provide a more joined-up system where more information was accessible in one location and through a single procedure.
Mr Findlay, chairman of the Society of Heads, which represents 100 independent schools, spoke out as a new ruling from the European Union was brought in requiring schools to check if their staff have been banned from teaching in another European country.
Including CV checks and references, schools should carry out eight separate background checks on new staff, the government’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance says.
Alongside standard disclosure and barring (DBS) checks, schools must also check individuals’ identity, right to work in the UK, mental and physical fitness and whether they have any convictions abroad.
Safety Media sponsors Apprenticeship Programme of the Year at the 2017 Learning Awards
Supporting new talent acquisition in the learning sector
With the 20th Learning Awards having taken place just over a month ago (February 2016), finalists and winners are still enjoying the recognition of their achievements and entries for the 2017 Awards are pouring in.
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