Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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Gove: exams will get tougher and jobs will be lost

Decades of ever-improving exam results are about to end, the education secretary warned this week, as he claimed ministers were "marching towards the sound of gunfire" to improve education. "There are going to be some uncomfortable moments in education reform in the years ahead," the education secretary told a Westminster lunch. "There will be years, because we are going to make exams tougher, when the number of people passing will fall." He added: "There are going to be people associated with failure, including Conservative politicians in local government who are going to be in the firing line. There are headteachers who have been peddling the wrong sort of approach to teaching for too long, who are going to lose their jobs."

John Lewis-style cooperatives may be in store

Schools run as "John Lewis-style" cooperatives, with profits going to shareholding teachers, are being suggested by a thinktank as a "halfway house" for politicians reluctant to introduce for-profit schools. But the report, from Policy Exchange, makes clear it sees privately owned schools run for a profit as the best solution to the "shortage of good school places". The thinktank argues that profitmaking private providers have more of an incentive to "replicate their models" than charities and that "the capacity of the voluntary sector is finite".

Under-funded RE needs to 'explore faith, not sex'

Most state schools spend just Pounds 1 per pupil each year on religious education once staff costs are removed, a new study claims. …

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