1000 work experience days created as students gain industry insight

One thousand work experience days are to be created as part of a new initiative to educate young people about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
 
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Thousands of SEN children left without school places

Dozens of councils across the country have called on the education secretary to urgently boost special needs funding as thousands of children have been left at home waiting for school places.
 

The FIFA World Cup vs GCSE revision

Research from Oxford and Bristol Universities has shown that in evenly-numbered years – when the World Cup or the Euros are on – GCSE grades dip. This year, there is an added twist – not only does the World Cup overlap with GCSE exams, the difficulty of the GCSE exams has been ramped up.
 

A School For Global Leaders of the Future

A high powered international school is being launched in the Middle East with the express mission of creating political and social leaders who can contribute to conflict resolution and environmental security around the world.

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Teaching Times author reviewed in Gifted Education International

Author Ann O’Hara and the team here at Teaching Times were pleased to see a review of our primary leadership toolkit, Learning and Assessment Pathways, published in peer-reviewed journal, Gifted Education International.
 

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Is your assessment fit for purpose?

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Closing the achievement gap with P4C

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