Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Over 27,000 newly qualified teachers since 2011 have already left the profession. Recent analysis shows that UK teachers are working longer hours than those in other countries and the pay cap has meant a real terms pay cut over the … Continue reading Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Teachers are using their own money to care for their students, it has been revealed. A survey found 51% of teachers have taken steps to provide care for poorer students, in some cases providing food, and in other cases money … Continue reading Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Head teacher Lindsey Cooke of Hanley Castle High School in Worcester had to ask parents to pay a voluntary £40 for text books after her budget was “slashed” by 12% since 2014. “We have made all the efficiency savings we … Continue reading Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Steve Coogan has accused the government of going through the backdoor to kill state education with “death by a thousand cuts”. He insists state education is “not a privilege – it’s a right.” He says he is not prepared to … Continue reading Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has accused the Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts, after a proposed £3m cut to school uniform grants in Northern Ireland. “Since the Tories came into power, we have … Continue reading Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses

The Office of Manpower Economics commissioned a report into the pay of public sector workers which reveals the scale of the austerity motivated pay freeze. The revelations show the scale of the pay freeze, with an estimated £3 pay fall … Continue reading Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses

New grammar schools plan shelved

Justine Greening has confirmed grammar schools proposed by the Tories in 2016 and included in their manifesto have been abandoned. Angela Rayner (Labour) tweeted the announcement was “sneaked out” in a written statement. But grammar schools weren’t entirely popular with … Continue reading New grammar schools plan shelved

Ministers forced to U-turn on controversial plans to “relax fire safety standards” in schools

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has been forced to u-turn on one of its controversial proposals to relax fire safety standards in schools. The move is evidence of a dramatic change of approach across government, from a previous … Continue reading Ministers forced to U-turn on controversial plans to “relax fire safety standards” in schools