Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

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Most parents 'happy with quality of education'

Four in five parents are happy with the quality of education their children receive at school, research shows. Almost half of parents (49 per cent) also believe their offspring are being taught to a higher standard than they were, according to a One Poll survey of 1,000 UK parents of children aged 5-16 for PR agency GKP. But despite parents stating they are generally content with their children's education, a number express concerns around the quality of teaching. Almost two-fifths (39 per cent) feel their child's school is not doing enough to tackle weak teaching, with more than half (57 per cent) saying they know who the weakest teachers are in school. In the poll, the results of which are released today, nearly half of the parents (48 per cent) also say their child's school does not do enough to clamp down on misbehaviour in the classroom.

Do internet games add up to better arithmetic?

A research trial exploring ways that internet games can help to improve primary pupils' mental arithmetic has been launched.

Internet games, led by teaching assistants, will be used with Year 3 pupils with the aim of improving their working memories. The focus of the trial, delivered by the University of Oxford, is to test whether teaching memory strategies to children can improve their results. The scheme is one of three teaching-assistant-led numeracy projects revealed by the Education Endowment Foundation today. They form part of the organisation's £5 million campaign to help schools make the best use of the UK's 250,000 teaching assistants.

Failing schools could face conversion next summer

Schools with an inadequate Ofsted rating will be converted into academies as early as the start of the summer term. The Department for Education spelled out its timescale this week as it opened a consultation over new powers to intervene in underperforming schools. …

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