Independent, Jan 12th 2001, p.11.
Research has shown that:
(See also Guardian, Jan 12th 2001, p.6).
Times, Jan 18th 2001, p.1.
In order to counter the teacher shortage in South East England, it is predicted that the School Teachers’ Review Body will raise London allowances by 30%. Starting salaries for new teachers will rise by more than 5% to a basic level of £17,500, but across-the-board increases will be limited to 3.7%.
Guardian, Feb 12th 2001, p.2
Reports a raft of financial incentives to encourage graduates to take up teaching. Proposals include having the government write off the student loans of graduates teaching shortage subjects at 10% a year over ten years and offering three-month teacher training courses for undergraduates during summer holidays with £2,000 grants. Undergraduates could also do teacher training modules as part of their subject degree courses, without the extra money. On completing their first degrees, these graduates would then go straight into the classroom with top-up training. Options for giving financial help to final year students on B. Ed. courses are also being considered.
Independent, Jan 18 2001, p.12.
Head teachers report that pupils are struggling with the new A-levels which require them to study four subjects instead of three in their first year in the sixth form.
(See also Independent. Education Supplement, Jan 18th 2001, p.3).
Daily Telegraph, Feb 8th 2001, p.28.
Reports proposals by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to drop classic authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Joyce from English literature GCSE.
(For withdrawal of proposals see Daily Telegraph, Feb 9th 2001, p.4).
Guardian, Feb 9th 2001, p.1 + 12-13.
Reports speech by Tony Blair in which he promised that Labour, if re-elected, would give elite universities financial incentives to recruit more state school pupils and would double the number of specialist secondary schools in five years. He pledged that Labour would ensure that more than half of under 30-year-olds went to university by 2010 and would attack adult illiteracy. He also proposed £1,000 savings accounts for each new-born child. For every £1.00 parents placed in the account, the government would offer £2.
(See also Financial Times, Feb 9th 2001, p.2; Independent, Feb 9th 2001, p.4; Times, Feb 9th 2001, p.2).
P Wintour and K Smithers
Guardian, Feb 14th 2001, p.6.
Reports government pledges to:
Financial Times, Feb 6th 2001, p.4.
Assesses the effectiveness of the Labour government’s education reforms.
S J Blakemore
Early Education, no.33, 2001, Supplement. 4p.
Research suggests that children under the age of four or five may not have fully developed the cognitive and social skills that facilitate learning from formal instruction. Such research has led some to question the value of formal education at an early age and to suggest that a focus on social interaction, play and exploration might be more valuable.
National Audit Office.
London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2001/01; HC 130).
Sets out main findings arising from the National Audit Office’s examination of the financial statements produced by the first 25 Education Action Zones (EAZs). Points to poor financial management, failure to raise funding from local businesses, and lack of understanding of their role and responsibilities on the part of Forum members.
Public Finance, Feb 2nd – 8th 2001, p.24-25.
Education Action Zones have failed to attract as much sponsorship funding from private business as expected. In spite of this they have fostered innovation, supported the professional development of teaching staff and encouraged co-operation between schools.
Times, Feb 12th 2001, p.16.
Proposes raising standards in secondary education through the encouragement of specialist schools (including church schools), the improvement of teaching in the first three years of secondary school, and the provision of more choice for young people.
Times, Jan 29th 2001, p.2.
Reports that the government is to allocate an extra £52m to local education authorities to help fund above-inflation teachers’ pay awards.
Guardian, Feb 14th 2001, p.23.
Argues for the retention of comprehensive schools offering a broad curriculum and maximum choice of subjects for pupils. Strongly criticises specialist schools, especially those which are faith based, for promoting social division and forcing children to specialise too early.
Guardian, Feb 2nd 2001, p.15.
The government’s education action zones failed to attract sufficient business sponsorship. They are being replaced by the Excellence in Cities initiative which is being piloted with £4m in government grants in seven areas. Business sponsorship is not a requirement. At the same time, private money is being encouraged into new individual city academies, rather than zones.
Municipal Journal, Feb 9th – 15th 2001, p.4.
The Local Government Association claims that the generous increase in teachers’ pay awarded to reduce the current recruitment crisis is not fully funded and could leave councils with a shortfall of £200m.
Times, Feb 15th 2001, p.20.
Attacks the government for reneging on their promise to end selection of pupils by schools by examination or interview. The rules for ballots to abolish grammar schools were weighted in favour of maintaining the status quo, and the specialist schools being promoted by the government will be able to select 10% of their pupils by aptitude.
Financial Times, Feb 1st 2001, p.7.
Describes the package of measures introduced by the government to improve teacher recruitment, including training salaries for graduates, better pay and access to low-cost housing.
Political Quarterly, vol.72, 2001, p.19-29.
New Labour’s first term in office saw the implementation of a transactional programme of education reform which responded to perceived public concerns. In any second term it will need to concentrate on:
Times, Feb 14th 2001, p.22.
The government’s proposed reforms of secondary education aim:
Guardian, Jan 18th 2001, p.23.
Attributes current shortage of teachers to a reduction in teacher training places in the 1970s and unattractive pay and working conditions. The latter require substantial improvement to attract recruits into the profession.
Guardian, Jan 24th 2001, p.1 + 2.
Reports that Labour will, if re-elected, expand vocational GCSEs in an effort to address skills shortages. At 14, pupils will be given the option of choosing a vocational path that could lead to an apprenticeship at 16. The brightest pupils will be encouraged to take GCSEs at 15. Computer-based problem solving tests will be developed to stretch the brightest pupils at nine and 13, to prevent "coasting".
(See also Financial Times, Jan 24th 2001, p.4; Independent, Jan 24th 2001, p.9; Daily Telegraph, Jan 24th 2001, p.5; Times, Jan 25th 2001, p.8; Guardian, Jan 25th 2001, p.12).
Department for Education and Employment
London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons Papers. Session 2000/01; Cm 5050).
Proposes radical reform of secondary education, including:
Times, Feb 14th 2001, p.22.
Argues that the government’s policy of promoting specialist schools will lead to a return to grammar schools and selection by ability. Bright pupils will be creamed off into highly resourced specialist schools, leaving the rest to flounder.
London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2000/01; HC 102).
The considerable recent improvement in teaching quality and school standards is being put at risk by:
Guardian, Feb 2nd 2001, p.1+2.
To ease recruitment problems in schools, salaries of new entrants into teaching will rise by 6% from April 2001. Staff in London will also receive increases above the basic 3.7% rise announced by the Education Secretary. More than 150,000 classroom teachers at the top of their scale will receive pay rises of £2,000 backdated to September 2000, and most of the 200,000 teachers who applied for the threshold payments under the new performance-related pay scheme will receive them.
(See also Financial Times, Feb 2nd 2001, p.1).
Guardian, Feb 6th 2001, p.5.
Reports that teachers are rebelling against paying an annual subscription fee to the General Teaching Council, their new regulatory body.
Independent, Feb 15th 2001, p.7.
Voters in Bristol chose in a referendum to freeze tax rates despite warnings that this could lead to £4.5m of school spending cuts.
(See also Guardian, Feb 15th 2001, p.12).