In our monthly series of industry blogs, we look at the changes and trends affecting the education sector globally, as well as pressing issues on a national scale.
Recruitment, increased pupil numbers, and construction issues are all key focuses in October.
Here we explore several of the key stories so far, this October.
World teachers’ day: Celebrating education around the world First celebrated in 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO Recommendation which set the benchmarks the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for the initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching conditions. This year’s theme was ‘Young Teachers’ The Future of the Profession’ with the aim to think about how to draw the ‘brightest minds and talent’ to the profession.
Science and language teachers to receive a £9,000 bonus From 2020, science and modern language teachers will receive a ‘staying on’ bonus of up to £9000 if they work for 4 years in a state school, after they have completed their training. This recruitment drives comes as schools prepare for increases in pupil numbers following a birth boom of the late 2000s. There is already an early-career payment for maths teachers, which has now been revised in line with the new science and languages payment.
Female teachers continue to be blighted by sexist attitudes A change in employer attitude, as well as action by the government, are needed to change sexist remarks, comments and practises female teachers are experiencing. At the Women Teachers’ Consultation Conference in Birmingham this month, almost a quarter of the teachers attending reported that sexist attitudes are holding them back in their careers; undermining their achievements and ‘stifling’ ambition.
Delays in construction for many student homes 22 private student blocks remain unfinished this term – which is almost a third of those being built in the UK. These are privately owned, but public money is also fuelling the building boom. Responsibility and who should take action remains a grey area as Universities UK code of conduct only applies to university-owned property. This has left many students in hotels, creating a less than ideal environment for their first term at university.
Test scores should be adjusted for summer-born pupils Students born between June and August tend not to do as well at school as their classmates born later in the year, education experts have advised. Academics have recommended that teachers should asses a child based on their age, rather than against a class as a whole as evidence suggests summer-born pupils can sometimes be 6 months behind their peers. After a child turns 4, they usually start school in September, but parents can ask for a delay for summer-born children. This, however, can be dependent on the location of the school.
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