ACT - The Association of Christian Teachers

for Christians working in education

Leadership & Management
Items related to leadership and management in education.

Ambitious plans to raise education standards.

Ambitious plans to raise education standards and broaden the horizons of young people in areas struggling with social mobility have been unveiled today (9 Oct) by the Education Secretary Justine Greening.

The Opportunity Area programme is a key part of the Education Secretary’s priority of tackling social mobility and improving opportunities for young people across the country. These 12 areas, identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ – areas with both poor social mobility and schools that face challenges - will receive a share of £72 million to boost opportunities for young people in these communities.

Publication of plans for the first six Opportunity Areas - Blackpool, Derby, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Oldham and West Somerset - mark the first anniversary of the programme, following a year of collaboration between local educators, employers and voluntary and community organisations to set out the key areas for improvement. Plans for the remaining six areas, announced more recently, will be published by the end of the year.

Read more.

Scottish government offering bursaries.

The Scottish government is to offer £20,000 bursaries to people to change career to become teachers in key subject areas.

Ministers are seeking ways to boost recruitment of teachers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Education Secretary John Swinney made the announcement in his speech to the SNP conference in Glasgow.

He said it was necessary to "reach beyond recent graduates" to attract professionals into teaching.

Several Scottish councils have warned that they are finding it hard to recruit new teachers in science, technology, engineering and maths, the so-called Stem subjects.

Read more.

Exams regulator criticises Sats test.

A Sats test which was attacked by teachers for being “too middle class” and left children in tears has been criticised by the exam regulator.

Taken by more than 550,000 10 and 11-year-olds in May 2016, the test was “unduly hard” for some pupils, according to Ofqual.

Around a quarter of students were unable to finish the reading test, which included a passage about two children sneaking away from a party to row across a lake in the grounds.

Read more.



Campaign for schools to be surveyed and sprinklers fitted.

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, school unions have called for the government to survey all schools for combustible cladding and to fit all schools with fire sprinklers

The National Education Union (NEU), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), and Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL) have published joint guidance for school leaders on fire risk assessments in schools in the light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The appalling fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 brought into sharp focus wider questions about fire safety. 

Read more.

Degree apprenticeships for teaching to be launched.

Leeds Trinity and University of Hertfordshire will develop teacher apprenticeships with funding announced today

The two universities that will develop degree apprenticeships for teachers were announced today.

Leeds Trinity University will lead the development of a teacher apprenticeship qualification and the University of Hertfordshire will be developing a postgraduate teacher apprenticeship, the Higher Education Funding Council for England said.

The announcement today also revealed that Middlesex University will be developing a learning and teaching apprenticeship and Sheffield Hallam University also has money towards both early years education and teaching apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship degrees are being designed to enable students to learn while they earn - typically one day a week would be spent studying.

Read more.


©2002-2015 Association of Christian Teachers. All rights reserved. Use of this website is subject to our Terms & Conditions and Cookie Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Privacy Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Refund Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Electronic Transactions Security Policy. Website by: Serve Design 

ACT Login