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Teachers given power to punish outside school

Pupils will be disciplined for bad behaviour in town centres

By Michael Savage, Political Correspondent

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Headteachers will be given greater powers to punish pupils for bad behaviour outside school in a fresh attempt to tackle anti-social conduct, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said yesterday.

New guidance will be handed out to teachers, making it explicit that they can step in to discipline their students for misbehaving before or after school, or at the weekends.

 Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-given-power-to-punish-outside-school-2098917.html

TES website for trainees and NQTs

Now that placement-based experience is coming to the fore of your training with us here at Edge Hill, I thought it might be useful to flag up a website devised by the TES to support new teachers, both in training and Newly Qualified.


There you’ll find…

  • Q & A forum with input from experts and your peers
  • School Search – find out which schools are affiliated with which universities
  • The latest education news and how it impacts on new teachers
  • Interview advice – including CV tips and a personal statement advice
  • plus much, much more.

Well worth you checking in there on a regular basis.

Hope the first week is going well for you all.


Teachers back call for pregnancy clinics in schools

Schools would be ideally placed to help pregnant teenage girls, say teaching unions

 Jessica Shepherd education correspondent

Antenatal clinics should be set up in schools to care for pregnant teenagers

guardian.co.uk  Wednesday 22 September 2010 10.42 BST

Teachers today welcomed proposals to set up antenatal clinics in schools to care for pregnant teenagers.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, a major health watchdog, said research showed pregnant women under 20 often felt excluded from antenatal care in hospitals.

It suggests midwives go into schools to carry out health checks and offer advice. Teaching unions said schools were “trusted hubs within their communities” and would be ideally placed to help pregnant teenage girls.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/sep/22/teachers-back-pregnancy-clinics-in-schools

Online consultation on SEN and disability

Green Paper: Children And Young People With Special Educational Needs And Disabilities – Call For Views

Launch Date: Friday 10 September 2010

Closing Date: Friday 15 October 2010

On 10 September the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather, invited views from everyone with an interest in services for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities in England. All views and perspectives received will be considered as part of developing proposals for a Green Paper on SEN and disability to be published this autumn.


Is this really a growing problem in our schools? For and against

Kate Fallon and Julia Douetil discuss the claim that SEN classification has expanded unneccessarily

The Independent, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Kate Fallon: Yes

When Mary Warnock produced her seminal report in 1978, focusing on children with special educational needs, she had no idea how phenomenal the consequences would be for children, parents and local authorities.

Julia Douetil: No

A serious challenge runs through this report, that too many children are “mis-labelled” SEN, when their difficulties are the result of poor initial teaching. On the one hand, this appears reasonable. The reports cites the over-representation of children in poverty among those with SEN, and a culture of low expectation which my experience in Reading Recovery backs up.

 Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/is-this-really-a-growing-problem-in-our-schools-for-and-against-2078444.html

Ofsted report on special needs comes under fire


Expert says more special needs children are being identified because diagnosis has improved

Jeevan Vasagar education editor guardian.co.uk.

 A study indicating that teachers may have wrongly labelled thousands of children as having special needs was challenged today.Brian Lamb, who carried out a review for the previous government of parents’ views of the special needs system, said more  children were being identified because of better diagnosis. 

The Ofsted report says half of those labelled as having special needs were misdiagnosed. Photograph: Christopher Thomond

Michael Gove brings back technical schools to train new generation of plumbers and mechanics

Technical differences: Critics of Mr Gove's plans say they will lead to a two-tier system

Ministers yesterday announced a new generation of technical schools to train teenagers to become engineers, plumbers and mechanics.

Students aged 14 will be able to quit mainstream comprehensives to study at specialist centres where they will ‘get their hands dirty’.

The plan – outlined by Education Secretary Michael Gove – marks a dramatic revival of the secondary technical schools established in the 1940 and 1950s.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1310656/Michael-Gove-brings-technical-schools-train-new-plumbers-mechanics.html#ixzz0zOawCdbN

Swedish-style academies welcome their first students

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has often talked about importing a Swedish-style teaching revolution to England’s state-school system. Yesterday it arrived for real as the first academy to be run by the Kunskapsskolan group opened its doors to pupils.



If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the lucky ones to be on our Secondary PGCE this year. As cliched as it may sound, you’ve done extremely well to get here – as you’ll probably know, competition for places on courses for 2010-11 has been stronger than ever. A well deserved pat on the back to you all!

I’m your Programme Leader; overseeing your training throughout the year – and torturing you all with my Scouse sense of humour! It’s my job to do everything in my power to ensure you have the best training experience possible. You’ll see me about every week when Thursday PPD lectures take place, so if ever you need to speak to me about something, all you have to do is ask.

In the meantime, check in here reguarly to see what’s happening in the world of education. I’ll be posting regular entries, highlighting key issues and pointing you in the direction of materials which will help to develop your professional awareness, knowledge and skills.

So, save the link -or use the link on the Secondary PGCE area of Blackboard to access.

Look forward to getting to know you all better.
Good luck!