In the UK today, there are areas where a staggering one in six children are currently living in poverty (Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission).
In this issue of your news round-up we look at the latest guidance on teachers’ pensions, how the number of teachers leaving the government pension scheme is likely to be on an “ongoing upward trajectory,” how poorer students are less optimistic about the future and more likely to be solitary compared with their affluent peers, and how Ofqual’s slow progress with exam specifications could mean subject textbooks won’t reach schools in time.
Young people living in poverty are more likely to feel like failures and experience mental health problems than their wealthier classmates, according to a new report from the Children’s Society.
With one in 10 children having a diagnosable mental health problem, more “joint, cross-inspectorate” work needs to be done to see how the health, education and social care services are functioning together, according to the NHS Mental Health Task Force.
Louis Coiffait of NAHT Edge, a new section of NAHT for aspiring school leaders said:
“Working in schools with children from disadvantaged backgrounds is a real challenge. The report recommends that teachers who take up this challenge should be rewarded with higher pay. We know that good teaching makes the greatest difference to children from poorer backgrounds, so this is an interesting idea. A good first step would be a fair national funding formula and clarity that the pupil premium could be spent in this way.
It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.
As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.
Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.
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