Disadvantaged pupils systematically receive lower quality mathematics instruction compared to their more advantaged peers, a new report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has warned.
Carmel O’Hagan, the former head of languages at CILT The National Centre for Languages, has criticised Chancellor George Osborne’s £10 million investment in expanding the teaching of Mandarin, claiming it could have been better invested in language assistants.
A report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee has called on the government to address the UK’s digital skill crisis, warning it could risk damaging the country’s productivity and competitiveness.
A study by The Key has found that delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities is hampering schools’ ability to support special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils.
Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, has warned that the focus on the ‘three Rs’ in primary schools has pushed other compulsory subjects such as the sciences and languages ‘to the margins of the curriculum’.