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Government figures reveal rise in SEND pupil numbers

Government figures reveal rise in SEND pupil numbers

The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) increased in the last year, according to the latest government statistics. It marks a third straight year that numbers have risen and pupils with SEND now account for 14.9% of the total school pupil population, as of January 2019 – some 1,318,000 pupils. That marks an increase from 14.6% in January 2018, and 14.4% the year previously, although it should be noted that the number of pupils with SEND declined drastically from 1,704,980 in 2010 to 1,228,785 in 2016. Ministers have said the latest increase is driven by rises in the number of pupils with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and in those receiving SEND support. According to the figures from January, 271,000 pupils in the UK had an EHC plan, while 1,047,200 were receiving SEND assistance. The most common needs regarding the latter related to speech, language and communication, as 22% of pupils required such support. Autism Spectrum Disorder was the most prevalent type of special educational need among those with an EHC plan, accounting for 29% of pupils – a marginal increase of 1% from January 2018. The latest figures also reveal that the number of pupils with SEND being educated in state-funded secondary schools has continually declined since 2011. Some 34.2% of pupils with SEND were in state secondary schools, down from 43.6% in 2011, while the proportion of those being taught in private schools has jumped to 7.1%, up from 4% in the same period. Meanwhile, at primary level, 56.9% of pupils are taught in state-funded schools. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

School computing hubs revealed

The first 23 hubs to support the development of computer science education across England have been unveiled by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). A broad spread of institutions will aim to enhance the subject education on offer while addressing a decline in the number of pupils taking computing in the last two years. Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, North Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear will all be home to two hubs, with others spread across England. The government has focused on developing computing in recent years, investing to support the development of 400 computing master teachers. Key support for schools The new hubs will provide assistance to computing teachers at both primary and secondary level in their regions, supporting training, resource development and continuing professional development. In addition, the NCCE has said the hubs will link schools with professionals and leading academics while covering the theory and practical aspects of computing teaching. Since being established last November, the NCCE has worked to develop the training hubs and the tendering process for the next set of hubs is already underway. Tech giant Google provided £1 million to support the development of the hubs, alongside £84 million of government funding. Vital partnerships with teachers NCCE chair, Professor Simon Peyton Jones, said the partnerships with teachers will be vital to the centre achieving its aims. “A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career,” he explained. His views were backed up by schools minister Nick Gibb, who highlighted that digital is making a significant contribution to the UK economy. “It is important that our teachers have the expertise to teach computer science with confidence and ensure young people leave school prepared for life in the 21st century,” he added. The 23 new computing hubs The following 23 schools will house the initial set of computing hubs: All Saints RC School, North YorkshireBeauchamp College, LeicestershireBingley Grammar School, West YorkshireBishop Challoner Catholic College, West MidlandsCardinal Hume Catholic School, Tyne and WearCarmel College, County DurhamChesterton Community College, CambridgeshireCity of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College, StaffordshireDartford Grammar School, KentDereham Neatherd High School, NorfolkExeter Mathematics School, DevonHarrogate Grammar School, North YorkshireKings Priory School, Tyne and WearLangley Grammar School, BerkshireNewstead Wood School, KentPate’s Grammar School, GloucestershireSaffron Walden County High School, EssexSandringham School, HertfordshireSt Clements Danes School, HertfordshireThe Chase, WorcestershireTruro and Penwith College, CornwallWest Suffolk College, SuffolkWestcliff High School for Girls, Essex  Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

Language Trends 2019 reveals key language education findings

Drops in language take-up at GCSE level and in primary school language teaching are among the key take-outs from the Language Trends 2019 report. The report from the British Council also suggested that Brexit has impacted on international language projects in the past 12 months. GCSE and A-level entries GCSE entries have dipped by 19% in the past five years, with French and German seeing major declines. However, demand for some other languages – which account for around a tenth of all language entries – has increased by 6%. Most of the growth came among entries for Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and modern Hebrew, with demand for teaching staff in these subjects also increasing. Declines in A-level entries have also been noted in French and German in recent years, although French saw entries jump by 4% in the last year, alongside a 10% increase in Spanish entries. Primary school language teaching A third of primary schools teach a language at Key Stage 1, while four in five said that a set amount of time was allocated for language learning every week. However, a third of schools added that pupils do not always receive that language education, as other subjects take precedence. The report also found that schools with lower attainment levels at Key Stage 2 were less likely to set time aside for languages. In secondary schools, 91% offer French at Key Stage 3 and 40% offer German – the proportion of schools offering both has declined slightly in the past three years. International projects The number of international projects and ties between international schools has declined since the Brexit referendum. Schools also voiced concerns over attitudes towards languages as a result of the vote, suggesting that many parents no longer view language as a key component of the curriculum. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

Department for Education pushes for three-year pupil premium plans

Schools should develop three year budget plans for how they spend their pupil premium, according to new guidance from the Department for Education. Ministers are keen for schools to have longer-term strategies in place, however, funding is still only being guaranteed year on year. From the start of the next school year, beginning September 2019, schools will be encouraged to shift away from annual reviews towards a “multi-year approach”. The DfE has suggested that one main review could cover a three year period, with “light touch” annual reviews in the interim period. By taking a longer term view, schools will be able to “align plans with the wider school improvement strategy”, it is claimed. Despite this, funding is still allocated annually, which could cause problems for schools according to Julie Cordiner, co-founder of School Financial Success Publications. “While pupil premium is easier to forecast than other funding streams, the difficulty comes in schools that have high pupil turnover – they would find it quite challenging to predict or manage over a three-year period,” she explained. The DfE has suggested that schools will have greater certainty when planning staff development, teacher recruitment, expenditure and training if planning for a longer period. “The longer term pupil premium strategy is a suggestion to help schools think more strategically about how they support their disadvantaged pupils,” the DfE stated. Julia Harden, a funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, welcomed the plans but warned that schools may need to make assumptions over what levels of funding they will receive. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has said that ensuring that a quality teacher is in every classroom should be the “top priority” of the funding. Otherwise, it should be used to reduce academic barriers for disadvantaged children and to offer targeted academic support where it is appropriate, new guidance from the EEF suggests. Since being introduced in 2011, pupil premium funding has topped £10 billion. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

Lord Agnew puts focus on school finance

Academies minister Lord Agnew has warned schools that existing funding must be spent properly if the sector is to receive more funding for key areas. In a speech at the Wellington College of Education, he identified four areas that require support but added that schools need to show they are using existing funds effectively. Lord Agnew suggested that extra funding is needed for high needs education, as well for pension contributions, post 16 studies and rural primary schools. “I think for us to credibly win the argument for those areas which I believe are important we need to be showing that we are doing everything we can with the money we receive,” he said. When quizzed on whether current funds in the education system are being used effectively, Lord Agnew conceded that not all schools are operating as efficiently as they could be. Lord Agnew has previously faced criticism from head teachers for suggesting that there is still wasted finance in the system, but he has again reiterated his stance that improvements can be made. “I’m not suggesting there aren’t pressures, of course, there are pressures…and I want to see more money going into the system,” he explained. “But there’s no point putting extra money in if the existing money isn’t being used properly.” Lord Agnew, who co-founded the Inspiration Trust, spoke of the need to finance areas of education that can provide the biggest boosts to the system. He explained that there are numerous ways of overcoming budgetary issues and that a new growth fund for academies, delivered via the Trust, is in the pipeline. The fund will help smaller academies to merge and tackle challenges together, while Lord Agnew also suggested that teacher pay reform could have a major impact on teacher recruitment and retention. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

PM: All new teachers to get mental health training

All new teachers are to receive mental health awareness training under proposals unveiled by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. According to Mrs May, the move will ensure that all school staff will have “the confidence and skills to identify mental health issues before they become critical”. In addition, updated statutory guidance will highlight how schools must act in order to protect children’s mental wellbeing. While details of the pledges and funding are yet to be revealed, Mrs May said greater attention needs to be given towards preventing mental illness. “Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness, which is why tackling this burning injustice has always been a personal priority for me,” she said. “It’s time to rethink how we tackle this issue, which is why I believe the next great revolution in mental health should be in prevention.” Her announcement included a pledge for a range of teacher training materials that will help support staff in delivering enhanced mental health education in schools. The latest plans from Mrs May come in addition to the long-term plan from the NHS. A new awareness campaign, titled Every Mind Matters, will launch in October this year, with parents able to access advice services on issues such as bullying, stress and self-harm from 2020. Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, welcomed the proposals and said providing support at the earliest opportunity is key. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

£4.6 million fund to drive EdTech development

Leading British Paralympian Baron Chris Holmes has chaired the first meeting of the EdTech Leadership Group to look into ways that education technology can be used in the classroom. The move marks the first step of a £4.6 million funding package from the innovation foundation Nesta, to be known as the EdTech Innovation Fund. The group looked into ways that EdTech can be used to enhance accessibility and inclusion in schools, and into ways that schools can use the technology more effectively. Part funded by the government’s £10 million EdTech Strategy, the programme is designed to ensure that the needs of teachers, pupils and other interested parties are met. It is widely thought that EdTech products could help to boost pupil outcomes and help teachers to save time, although scoping work is necessary to see exactly what might be possible. Minister for universities, science, research and innovation, Chris Skidmore, explained that the EdTech Leadership Group has brought together experts from a range of technology, education and research backgrounds. “Technology can be one of the single most important elements in any school, college or university and act as a catalyst for those who learn and those who teach,” he explained. He added that the “passion, experience and ability” of Baron Holmes will play a key role in maintaining the momentum of the EdTech Strategy. The government is working in partnership with Nesta to deliver the strategy and believes that EdTech could make a real difference to teachers and pupils. Baron Holmes said the EdTech Leadership Group represents “a great opportunity” for many different stakeholders to work together to benefit the entire education system. As well as providing expert advice, the Group will also showcase best practice in schools and will provide training for teachers and school leaders. Up to 20 EdTech organisations are set to receive up to £100,000 to help enhance, evaluate and grow the use of digital tools in four of the EdTech Strategy’s ten challenge areas, including: Formative assessmentEssay markingParental engagementTimetabling Other challenges include looking at how technology can help to reduce teacher workloads, enhance training opportunities, and look into ways that it can support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.  

Personal approaches key to boosting pupil behaviour

Personalised approaches are the key to tackling unruly and disruptive behaviour in the classroom, new guidance suggests. According to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), universal approaches will not work for all pupils, as some need more intensive levels of teaching support. Instead, it is suggested that teachers should issue daily report cards and greet all of their pupils at the door each day, as the research suggests that such approaches can improve pupil behaviour. The research also suggests that there is a lack of evidence over whether zero tolerance behaviour policies – the whole school approaches to discipline – work well in schools. Such policies often result in detentions for a number of different misbehaviours, with serious offences resulting in exclusion. However, the reality is often different as the majority of schools “allow exceptions to their rules”, according to the government’s behaviour tsar Tom Bennett. He said that schools need to have consistent systems in place, and that teaching staff need to ensure that rules are reliably enforced. “Exceptions are a necessary part of any institutional bureaucracy, but they must be exceptional, logical and consistent,” he explained. The new guidance includes six recommendations for teachers that can help to tackle behavioural issues in the classroom, including: Develop better relationships with pupils in order to grasp their motivation for misbehavingFocus on teaching learning behaviours to improve wider behaviourCreate classroom management strategies with a focus on behaviourUse targeted approaches to support pupils with individual needsMake behaviour approaches part of everyday classroom activityBe consistent with all approaches to behaviour. EEF chief executive, Sir Kevan Collins described behaviour as a challenge for schools but added that issues can be overcome with the right approaches. “Today’s report shows how consistent approaches to behaviour can lead to strong relationships between teachers and students and form the foundations for learning,” he added. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

Could AI have a future in the classroom?

The government has unveiled plans to explore the ways that artificial intelligence could be used to enhance the education system. Ministers believe that there is a need to study the potential of technology, with schools minister Nick Gibb saying the potential of AI in schools “remains largely unevidenced”. Mr Gibb has revealed that an AI horizon scanning group has been set up to assist the policy, digital and delivery teams at the Department for Education. The move will enable the department to “explore how AI may impact our policies, as well as the benefits it can bring to the education system,” Mr Gibb said, in response to a written parliamentary question from MP David Davis. Mr Davis had quizzed the Department for Education on whether assessments had been made into the “potential benefit of AI in the classroom”. Artificial intelligence has already been introduced in numerous schools and Mr Gibb said the Department for Education is aware of some “outstanding examples” of both AI and machine learning in action. He mentioned their ability to “support teachers to deliver curriculum content as well as to automate burdensome non-teaching tasks such as marking”. The use of artificial intelligence has led to questions being asked about the suitability of a knowledge-based curriculum, although a number of leading academics have said that knowledge has a key role to play in analysis. At this time, no further details relating to the AI horizon scanning group have been revealed. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.  

Government reveals Key Stage 1 SATs scaled scores

The government has revealed the ‘expected’ scores for pupils who have completed their Key Stage 1 SATS. The scaled scores replaced the previous ‘levels’ system in 2016 and pupils need to achieve at least 100 in their scaled scores to meet government expectations. However, the scores vary for the maths, reading and punctuation, spelling and grammar papers and are assessed year on year. The most notable change was on the maths paper, where pupils required 34 from a possible 60 marks to reach the government expected target (a scaled score of 100). This marked a drop from 36 last year, and from 37 the year before, although marks for the reading and punctuation, spelling and grammar were unchanged from a year ago. In order to reach the expected level, pupils needed to score 25 of 40 marks in reading, a requirement that has not changed since it was increased from 22 marks in 2017. A score of 24 of 40 was needed in the grammar, punctuation and spelling paper, another score that has remained unchanged since 2017. The scaled scores go 15 above and below 100, with a score between 100 and 115 highlighting that a pupil has reached the expected standard. A raw score of at least three is required to get the lowest scaled score of 85. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

Visit us at the ABLE Conference!

The Association of Business Leaders in Education (ABLE) hosts their summer conference on Wednesday 19th June  And we’ll be exhibiting at the event at Center Parks in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. If you’re going along drop by, say hello and discover how we can help with your teaching recruitment needs. An eclectic mix of keynote speeches, workshops and talks will focus on unlocking future potential for you and your school through enterprise. The ABLE conference provides support predominantly to school administrators and school business managers, although they also aim to help those in finance, HR and health and safety, regardless of whether they’re part of a school, academy or multi-academy trust. The group aims to inspire, enrich and develop a varied mix of business leaders in education, and the topics discussed at the conference are deemed pivotal to achieving that goal. What to expect The theme of this year’s conference is Take Care of Your Pennies, with the workshops of the day focussing on money management and school funding as well as other practises, including school development plans and mental health issues. There will also be two keynote speeches from BAFTA award-winning actor Vicky McClure and Dave Keeling who will be discussing top influential topics that head teachers, primary and secondary school teachers and other school staff may want to consider. Visit us at the ABLE conference and find out how Tradewind Recruitment can help you with your recruitment needs. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

How to use Bike to School Week to get youngsters cycling

Cycling brings with it many benefits and Bike to School Week aims to showcase those to school children across the country. The week’s promoter, Sustrans, states that not only does it bring health benefits, but using two wheels can also help the environment. Currently, around 2-3% of children in the UK cycle to school, which compares to nearly half of all Dutch school children – something Sustrans is keen to change. More than half a million pupils have already taken part in one event this year – the Big Pedal – which saw them ditching car rides to get to school. That week saw pupils burn a combined total of more than 55 million calories burned and more than 75,000 gallons of fuel not being used for the school run. Bike to School Week is another chance to promote the positive impacts that an active lifestyle can have on pupil wellbeing and overall health. Creative ideas for classroom time Primary teachers and secondary teachers can promote cycling through a range of engaging activities in the classroom, such as by facilitating discussion around the journeys they make to the school. Encourage them to consider what parts of their journey they like and dislike, and to think of ways of improving how they get to school. Secondary pupils could also be quizzed on their knowledge of congestion, why journey planning is important, and on some of the basics of the Highway Code. Primary children could be asked to calculate the number of calories they burn from cycling to school or asked to plot their routes on a map to calculate how far they travel. Bike to School Week is also a fantastic opportunity to discuss the engineering associated with bicycles and to think about how to service them and keep them in good working order. Promoting cycling could bring long-term benefits by encouraging the use of bikes throughout the year, helping to reduce the number of cars on the road and benefitting the environment. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.  

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