A return to final examinations and an emphasis on Shakespeare and British history feature in what’s been described as the most significant package of GCSE reforms in a generation.
The chief inspector of schools has said that the failure of state secondary schools to nurture their brightest pupils is ‘an issue of national concern’. Teachers have reacted angrily, saying Ofsted is pandering to Michael Gove.
A major survey of five to 16-year olds has revealed widespread ignorance about the source of the most common foods including bread, potatoes and tomatoes.
Government ministers have started talks to phase out teaching assistants in England to save £4 billion a year, but heads and parents are likely to oppose the move.
As we continue our series on ‘what works’ in education around the world, we focus on Hong Kong, and talk to Professor Bob Adamson, Head of Department of International Education & Lifelong Learning from the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He says it’s a country in which teachers often resort to using microphones to be heard, and where the textbook must be covered at all costs. In this interview he also discusses opportunities in Hong Kong for UK-based teachers at both international and state schools.