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Amanda Spielmans speech in full.

Thank you for inviting me here today. And thank you to the ASE (Association for Science Education) for bringing us all to the University of Liverpool, an institution at the very top of its game in combining scientific discovery with science education.

And I believe it is important for any profession such as teaching to continue questioning and testing established practice and so-called knowns. As the great Karl Popper wrote in ‘The logic of scientific discovery’, ‘the game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do not call for any further test, and that they can be regarded as finally verified, retires from the game’. This is true for education just as it is for pure science – and it is why we are all here today: to hypothesise, test, adapt and ultimately to get closer to the truth. And in education, that truth is about what makes for effective teaching and how all the different actors in the system can help achieve it.

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Damian Hinds appointed Education Secretary.

The Prime Minister has appointed Damian Hinds MP as Secretary of State for Education.

Commenting on his new role, the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds said:

“I am honoured to be appointed Education Secretary.

“This Government has a strong record raising education standards and offering opportunity, particularly to those most in need, through our nurseries, schools, colleges and world-class universities.

“We are here to make sure young people and adults in this country have the chance to make the most of their talents and get on in life. That means more good school places and giving people the chance to learn and upskill throughout their lives with high-quality degrees, apprenticeships and other technical and vocational qualifications.

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Academy executive pay falling?

One chief executive's salary falls from £150,000-£155,000 to £88,913 as trust grapples with financial pressures 

 

Some academy trust chief executives are cutting their own salaries by up to 40 per cent because of funding pressures and concerns about sending the right message to staff, Tes can reveal.

The news follows mounting controversy about the big salaries and pay rises enjoyed by many academy leaders.

And it comes amid calls for a more structured approach to academy executive pay. Critics of the current system are arguing for an external body to tackle the issue, while one coalition of multi-academy trusts in the North of England is considering introducing “self-regulation”.

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Limits on University Vice-Chancellors Pay.

University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries, under a new fair-pay code announced in the wake of claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors.

Senior pay would also be expected not to rise more quickly than the average for other academic staff.

The voluntary code has been drawn up by the Committee of University Chairs.

But the chief executive of the new Office for Students, Nicola Dandridge, said the proposals were "insufficient".

She said that "people are rightly concerned by the level of pay", and not just the "process" by which it was decided.

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Free speech in universities?

Claims that universities are inhibiting free speech are based on misleading evidence "whipped up to create a moral panic", a university leader has told a Parliamentary committee.

Universities thrive on free speech said Sussex University Vice Chancellor Prof Adam Tickell.

The former universities minister, Jo Johnson has voiced concern that free speech is limited at some universities.

The evidence is part of a Parliamentary inquiry into campus free speech rules.

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