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Friday 23 January 2015

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One in four teachers denied pay rise, survey reveals

More than a quarter of teachers have been denied salary increases after the introduction of a controversial new system of performance-related pay in schools, a new survey finds. By Stephen Exley, The TES.

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Teaching and learning

Sir Ken Robinson: give the arts as much weight as sciences

Schools should give as much weight to the arts as they do to science and maths, according to leading author and educationalist Sir Ken Robinson. By Nick Morrison, The TES.

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Academies and free schools

Ministers accused of playing politics over Durham free school’s closure

Parents of pupils at the Durham free school, which has been labelled as inadequate by inspectors and is expected to close within months, say they are angry at the government’s handling of the issue, with some accusing it of “playing politics” with their children’s education. By Dominic Smith and Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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General education

Digital textbooks, tech giants back primary schools and DfE's poor finances

A private school turns publisher, academies blamed for Department for Education’s financial disarray and free schools facing criticism. By Sarah Marsh, The Guardian.

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Child welfare and parenting

Boys behave badly when surrounded by better-off families

Boys from poor families do worse when they grow up in the shadow of wealth and would benefit more from living in ghettos, research suggests. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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International education news

Girls do better than boys at school, despite inequality

Even in countries where gender inequality is rampant, girls still outperform boys in the classroom, a new study shows By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph. Also reported by BBC News online.

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And finally...

World's education spending skewed towards richest children, report warns

Almost half the total resources devoted to education in the world's poorest countries are spent on the most privileged 10 per cent of pupils, according to a new report. By Nick Morrison, The TES.

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