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The Independent schools standards.

There are many things in this document that Christian Independent Schools will struggle with. Please read the whole document and take part in the consultation.

'Everyone has at least some characteristics which are included in this list (for example, age and sex). The standard will not be met if, for example, the PSHE curriculum:

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a. encourages pupils to see those of particular races or religions as being inferior in any way;

b. suggests to male pupils that women and girls should be treated with less respect than males or that a woman’s role is subservient to that of a man - or vice versa;

c. suggests that same-sex marriages or civil partnerships should not be recognised as being lawful unions under civil law;

d. teaches that disabled people deserve less equal treatment, for example because of sins they are said to have committed in previous lives;

e. encourages pupils to believe that women who are pregnant without being married should be punished.

21. A school can teach that its particular faith has teachings relevant to these matters, and explain to pupils what those teachings are. However, this does not mean that a curriculum, including that for religious education, can be planned or teaching provided which advocates or otherwise encourages pupils not to respect other people on the basis of a protected characteristic. In that case the standard will not be met and there may also, depending on the exact facts, be a breach of other standards, for example, paragraph 3(i) or 5(b)(vi).'

Read the whole document

Operating the independent school regulatory system

Government consultation

Guidance on the consultation here.

https://consult.education.gov.uk/school-frameworks/operating-the-independent-school-regulatory-system/supporting_documents/ISSPackageConDocv7.0.pdf

Fill in the consultation form here:

https://consult.education.gov.uk/school-frameworks/operating-the-independent-school-regulatory-system/consultation/intro/


Assistant Director (Education) Catholic Education Service

Assistant Director (Education) CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station, London SW1 £60k and benefits

 

Do you support the Church’s provision of high quality education for children across the country? Are you interested in supporting teachers, schools and colleges to achieve this mission? If so, we are seeking to appoint an Assistant Director (Education) for the Catholic Education Service (CES).

The CES represents and promotes the national education policy of the Bishops in relation to the 2,300 Catholic schools, colleges and universities which the Church is responsible for across England and Wales.

We are looking for an experienced education professional with strong management experience, who is sympathetic to the teachings of the Catholic Church and supportive of Church schools. The successful candidate will have an understanding of education policy, including knowledge of leadership, governance, religious education and inspections.

The CES is a family friendly charity that encourages a good work life balance. We offer a range of benefits including a matched pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a TOIL policy.

Key Responsibilities: • Be a key part of the leadership of the CES, supporting and promoting the education policies of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. • Line management of the education advisers team. • Overall management of education policy priorities. • Deputise for the Director as required.

Full job decription is attached below.

Please send your CV and a covering letter detailing why you wish to be considered for this role to Paul Barber, Director: jobs@catholiceducation.org.uk
. For an informal chat about the role please call Paul Barber on 020 7901 1900.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 4th May 2018.


Gender neutral head boy - head girl

Grammar school which scrapped its head boy and head girl roles in a bid to establish gender neutral titles has ended up with two male student leaders.

The Grammar School in Guernsey is now led by a chair and vice-chairperson and a Student Voice Leadership Team.

Liz Coffey, the school’s headteacher, said she hopes that changing the titles of the roles is more inclusive as it does away with male and female stereotypes.

She said she does not want students to see jobs as being “gender specific”, and the new position titles prepare children for the workplace.

"That gives the students the experience of what it actually might be like when they enter the workplace," Mrs Coffey said.

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Is education "free" in Scotland.

State education in Scotland is no longer free with many pupils “missing out” on key subjects because of the costs they face, MSPs have been told. Families are even running up debts with schools as they defer payments for course materials, equipment and school trips.

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/claim-school-isn-t-free-as-pupils-miss-out-on-subjects-due-to-costs-1-4726619


Walkout at school over pay.

Workers launched a three-day walkout at Connaught School for Girls in north east London on Tuesday.

NEU union members are demanding the school pays the inner London pay rate.

Workers have already taken six days of strikes.

Paul Phillips, an NEU rep at the school, told Socialist Worker, “The mood among workers is great. People are obviously committed to the issue of recruitment and retention of teachers.

“And people are also buoyed by the vote at the NEU conference that backed a bigger political campaign over pay.”

The local Labour Party is backing strikers.


Artificial Intelligence and Universities.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming many human activities ranging from daily chores to highly sophisticated tasks. But unlike many other industries, the higher education sector has yet to be really influenced by AI.

Uber has disrupted the taxi sector, Airbnb has disrupted the hotel industry and Amazon disrupted first the bookselling sector, then the whole retail industry. It is only a matter of time then until the higher education sector undergoes a significant transformation.

Within a few short years, universities may well have changed beyond all recognition. Here are five ways that AI will help to change and shape the future of universities and higher education for the better.

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Assessment arrangements for GCSE Science.

Revised assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science will continue for the 2020 exam series, Ofqual announced today (Friday 20 April).

At the start of this year, and following consultation, we changed the assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science. We announced that, for students taking exams in 2018 or 2019, their grades would be based on their exam performance alone. We changed the arrangements because of evidence that the confidentiality of at least some of the tasks required by some of the exam boards had been compromised.

We are now advising teachers that the same arrangements will stand for students who start studying the subject this September and take their exams in 2020. They will be formally assessed only by exam. These students must still complete a task set by their respective exam board, but this will not be formally marked.

Read more.


Should twins be in different classes?

Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not.

A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically.

And this is the case for both identical and non-identical twins.

It says there should be no strict rules on separating twins, and it should be left to the youngsters, their parents and teachers to decide what is best.

The researchers analysed data from more than 9,000 pairs of twins aged between seven and 16 in schools in the UK and Canada.

    

They found that, on average, separating them had no substantial positive or negative effect on the twins' academic achievement, cognitive ability and motivation.

Researchers examined twins' academic achievement, based on teacher reports and exam results, as well as their cognitive abilities and academic motivation.

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Narrow vocabulary hits grades.

Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school.

According to academics, four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning.

Many teachers from the 800 secondaries involved in the Oxford University Press research say the problem is worsening.

They blame the "word gap" on too little reading for pleasure.

Studies suggest breadth of vocabulary is strongly influenced by the number of words a child comes into contact with on a daily basis.

    

This includes conversations with parents, siblings and friends, as well as what they read.

Read more.


Charge for disposable cups in school?

A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water.

Onslow St Audrey's School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims that children could not get water without paying for it.

The high school said pupils were encouraged to bring a reusable bottle in or buy a disposable cup for 5p.

But it provided cups free of charge if a child has no money, the school said.

National media reported that parents were angry because pupils were being charged 5p for a cup of water.

    

Acting head teacher Joelle Casotti, said: "Water has always been and continues to be freely available to students of the school."

Read more.


 

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