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New schools for troubled youths?

Almost 40 new schools are to be built for troubled children as part of the Government’s response to the knife crime epidemic.

Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, will announce today that 3,500 extra school places will be created, many of which will go to pupils who have been expelled from mainstream schools.

Knife crime deaths in England and Wales have reached the highest level since records began in 1946, with a spate of recent murders claiming the lives of teenagers across the country.

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"Maths anxiety".

“Maths anxiety” may be fuelling a national crisis, Cambridge University researchers have said, as they find that one in ten children suffer from “despair and rage” at the subject.

The number of children who experience maths anxiety is a “real concern”, according to academics from Cambridge’s Faculty of Education and its Centre for Neuroscience.

Researchers surveyed 1,700 British pupils aged eight to 13 about their feelings towards the subject.

They found that ten per cent of children suffered from maths anxiety, meaning they had “overwhelming negative emotions” towards the subject, ranging “from rage to despair”.

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The traits of super teachers.

There is no such thing as a super teacher. But if one did exist, what abilities would they exhibit? John Dabell looks at some of the traits of great teachers and urges all teachers to reject imposter syndrome and recognise their many talents...        

Teaching is technically, physically and mentally demanding. Although all the complex component skills can be studied, isolated, practised, and ultimately improved upon, the real teaching bit is hard to get right because our personalities get in the way.

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Funding cuts make it more difficult for schools to give pupils personal support.

Schools in England are having to "pick up the pieces" for families in poverty, including giving food and clothes to children, head teachers warn.

But, they say, that is unsustainable when schools are facing "funding cuts".

Heads will raise their concerns at the Association of School and College Leaders' (ASCL) annual conference.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds will tell the conference he is setting up an expert advisory group to help teachers with "the pressures of the job".

The advisory group, including the mental health charity Mind and teachers' representatives, will look at ways to improve wellbeing among teachers and to tackle stress.

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£5.7bn shortfall for schools.

Head teachers say England's schools face a £5.7bn funding shortfall.

Without an injection of extra cash, head teachers' leaders say many schools will have to make "deeper cuts" or "face insolvency".

The funding warnings were made at the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds told the conference he heard the message on school funding problems "loud and clear".

'Hard choices'

Speaking to the head teachers' conference in Birmingham, Mr Hinds said he realised that schools were under financial pressure and faced "hard choices".


He promised that he would be "doggedly determined" and make the "strongest possible case" to the Treasury in the next spending review

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Zebedee Nursery School Tetbury - Early Years Teacher.

       The Zebedee Nursery School is a Christian nursery school, that has been running in London for 35 years. We have had the opportunity to start another Nursery School in Tetbury Gloucestershire.

           We are looking for an Early Years teacher to help us get this new Nursery off the ground.



If you are a motivated, hard-working creative, caring and     enthusiastic teacher, with some experience in Early years, please contact     us at


Clear DBS necessary as well as 3 references, 2 from a     childcare provider and 1 from your pastor/vicar.


This     could be a full or part time job and is for April 2019













Come and meet us, we can answer any questions you may have about the school

                                                   We would be very pleased to see you and show you round.

                                          We have spaces for children Tues/Weds /Thurs Mornings April 2019


T Level information.

The delivery of a single technical education system, which operates in conjunction with apprenticeships to deliver high quality learning, will help increase productivity, improve social mobility and better meet the skills needs of employers and support the career aspirations of young learners.

The reform of the technical education provision in England, as recommended by Lord Sainsbury’s independent panel on technical educationstudy-based technical training in the form of new T Levels. These reforms will have a significant impact on England’s technical education provision and will help deliver valuable skills reform.

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Primary schools career advice.

All primary school pupils will benefit from world leading careers education developed by top industry professionals including the British Chambers of Commerce and BP.

To mark National Careers Week, which runs from Monday 4 March, to Friday 8 March, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that the Department is working with industry leaders to help make first class career-related learning a reality in all primary schools.

The Department for Education has published research that shows 96% of primary schools are offering tailored career activities to pupils, despite not being compelled to, and is committing ensure this reaches 100% by working  with industry professionals.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“Careers advice has thankfully moved on from my school days, where I once did a multiple choice test and was told I should work in catering.

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21% decrease in music provision.

State schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests.

At the same time, access to music in independent schools has risen by 7%, according to figures from the BPI.

The gap widens amongst poorer pupils, with just one in four schools in deprived areas offering music lessons.

"You can't imagine how distressing that is to hear," said Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder of Chineke, the UK's first majority-BAME orchestra.

"But it's not news to me - because I know that music and the art subjects are being systematically stripped out of all of our schools - and that always hits the kids who go to the free schools."

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Head Teacher cleans toilets to save money.

A head teacher says she has had to scrub the toilets, clean the school and work in the canteen because of school funding shortages on schools.

Siobhan Lowe, head of Tolworth Girls' School in Surbiton, south London, spoke of the embarrassment of not being able to fund support for her pupils.

She says she has already sold off land, cut subjects and a deputy head post to stay afloat, as budgets tightened.

It comes as thousands of heads have highlighted worsening funding gaps.

About 7,000 head teachers in England have written to 3.5 million parents saying that schools are facing a "funding crisis".  


They say they are angry that the education secretary has refused to meet them to discuss the issue.

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