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Daily News Summary
10 March 2022

image The Government must protect teachers' living standards, warns NEU
image Teacher from BISU describes fleeing Ukraine
image Schools face moral and financial concerns over cutting ties with Russian energy firm Gazprom
image ‘Most criticism comes from those who could easily afford school fees if they sold their holiday homes and Teslas'
image 'The NTP risks sucking teachers out of schools'
image Third of teachers in state schools say they lack funding for quality careers guidance
image Half of local authorities do not employ specialist teachers for pupils with both sight and hearing loss
image SNP announces education reforms amid ‘damning’ survey findings

The Government must protect teachers' living standards, warns NEU

 

In response to a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the National Education Union (NEU) has warned that pay losses for teachers have "already resulted in major recruitment and retention problems" and that the Government "must protect their living standards instead of continuing to cut their pay". By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

Teacher from BISU describes fleeing Ukraine

 

Tes speaks to Rachel Lehmann-Ware, a Year 6 teacher and whole-school primary science coordinator at the British School of Ukraine (BISU) on fleeing Ukraine and switching back to remote schooling. Ms Lehmann-Ware said: "We're still providing a great level of education for these children, which is what we do. That normality...it's essential in times like these." The article references a letter written by Colin Bell, CEO of the Council of British International Schools, to the prime minister calling for the safe passage of local staff at BISU to the UK. By Dan Worth.

 
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Tes

Schools face moral and financial concerns over cutting ties with Russian energy firm Gazprom

 

Schools Week reports that academy trusts academy trusts could incur “severe financial penalties” if they exit gas contracts with Russian-firm Gazprom, with warnings they face “jumping out of the frying pan into the fire” as energy prices soar. By Samantha Booth.

 
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Schools Week

‘Most criticism comes from those who could easily afford school fees if they sold their holiday homes and Teslas'

 

Writing in The Spectator, columnist Gerri Peev discusses the “social backlash” that can come from choosing to send your child to an independent school. Ms Peev says: "You could argue it is more morally dubious to use your financial advantage to move house for schools because you are elbowing out poorer kids whose families do not have the means to move."

 
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The Spectator

'The NTP risks sucking teachers out of schools'

 

Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Munira Wilson has told ministers during a debate on education spending in the House of Commons that the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) risks “sucking teachers out of schools” and leaving them understaffed. By Callum Mason, Tes.

 
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Tes

Third of teachers in state schools say they lack funding for quality careers guidance

 

According to a report from social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, nearly a third of teachers in state schools say they do not have enough funding to deliver quality careers guidance to their students. Tes.

 
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Tes

Half of local authorities do not employ specialist teachers for pupils with both sight and hearing loss

 

A new survey by the disability charity Sense has found that 52 per cent of councils do not employ any multi-sensory teachers for pupils who have multi-sensory impairment (MSI). Tes.

 
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Tes

SNP announces education reforms amid ‘damning’ survey findings

 

According to an official survey published by SNP ministers, just half of secondary pupils think their education needs are being met in Scotland's classrooms. In response to the findings, Shirley-Anne Somerville, SNP education secretary, said it contained "some hard messages from young people about their experience of education” and revealed plans to replace both Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Agency. By Simon Johnson, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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