KNOWLEDGE – Christians in Education

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The DfE’s chaotic reform of assessment in primary schools has been plagued by an unacceptable string of errors, miscommunications and delays. Time and time again the concerns of experienced and knowledgeable educational professionals have been sidelined in the pursuit of introducing reforms before they are ready.  Did too much too soon spell disaster for the DfE? Read more

Teaching children to read using synthetic phonics results in significant long-term benefits for disadvantaged pupils and those who do not have English as their first language, according to research. The study by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics is the first large-scale analysis of the effects of using the method. Read more The same study also apparently concluded that teaching phonics does not improve children’s reading skills. Read more

Teachers and engineers are the two sets of professionals most likely to put in overtime, a new survey shows. In fact, unpaid overtime is so common in schools that it is considered a fundamental part of the job. Teachers have the dubious honour of being the hardest workers among a nation of hard workers, according to the survey of more than 1,500 people, conducted by recruitment agency Reed. Read more

Children in care are too often missing out on treatment for mental health problems despite being four times more likely to experience them, say MPs. The Commons Education Committee says children fostered in England are sometimes denied treatment simply because they move placement too often. They should instead be given priority for mental health support, the committee says in a report  Read more

Graduates from English universities have the highest level of student debt in the English-speaking world, a new study has revealed. Since the sharp rise in tuition fees during the last Parliament the average debt has rocketed to £44,000 – a higher total than in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Fees in England, where many universities now charge £9,000 a year, now easily outstrip those even in the US, despite most courses there lasting a year longer. Read more