What’s been happening in the news just lately?

  • A survey from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) reveals that most employers do not believe postgraduate degrees give workers an edge in terms of their skills.
  • Union chief Chris Keats says bad behaviour in classrooms is fuelled by fashionable ‘restorative justice‘ schemes.
  • Following complaints from parents, LGBT+ lessons have been suspended at four more primary schools in Birmingham.
  • Stating the obvious, Tony Blair says extremism should be treated as a global problem like climate change and there should be an international agreement to put teaching against extremism into education systems around the world.
  • According to, the top ten places in the UK are London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry, Nottingham, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Brighton.
  • The National Education Union has said breast ironing awareness should be made part of the mandatory school curriculum to protect young girls from abuse.
  • Is revision full of SLOP (Shed Loads Of Practice)? Take a look at this article.
  • In England, as a result of the academisation process over the past two decades, 89% of top secondary schools can act as their own admissions authority. Read more from the Sutton Trust in their new report Selective Comprehensives: Great Britain.
  • A Kenyan teacher who gives away most of his salary to help the poorest students has won a $1m prize. The 2019 Global Teacher Prize Winner is Peter Tabichi, a science teacher and Franciscan Brother at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, situated in a remote, semi-arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Peter is an inspiration.

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