Schools minister Nick Gibb has received a negative reception from teachers at the recent Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) conference as he tried to defend government plans to turn all schools in England into academies.
Save The Children has partnered up with psychologists to call on the government to put a qualified teacher in every pre-school, after raising concerns that poor nursery teaching was causing many children to be left behind academically.
New regulations from the government’s alternative provision (AP) reforms directs that schools will be held accountable for the achievement of pupils they exclude until the child has been accepted at another mainstream school.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has organised protest rallies in London, Birmingham, Newcastle and other cities to campaign against the government’s plan to force all schools in England to become academies.
Huw Lewis, the Welsh Education Minister, has announced new guidelines which aim to transform teacher training courses in Wales, including a new two-year postgraduate course and greater subject specialism for primary school teachers.