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The decision to delay the opening of a new free school must be made before national offer day in April, according to authorities
The decision to delay the opening of a new free school must be made before national offer day in April, to stop parents being left without places for their children when the academic year starts, council leaders have said. The Local Government Association has called for ministers to make such decisions at the “earliest opportunity”, after recent incidents where parents were told that their chosen school would not be opening. 
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'Imagining a better future for FE is the first step' - Opinion article from Eddie Playfair http://ow.ly/RemmW
Think of all the 16- to 18-year-olds in your area. What do you see? Talented and ambitious young people keen to improve their knowledge and skills? Students eager to make a positive contribution? Anxious consumers, uncertain about how to make the choices that will improve their chance of success?
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TES's deputy editor, Ed Dorrell, says we need to face up to our problem...with exam dependency http://ow.ly/RdV6K
A teacher friend once ruefully pointed something out to me. “Results season,” he said, “is as stressful for the teachers as it is for the pupils.” He wasn’t concerned about his position; it was worrying about the kids that had his blood pressure rocketing. He knew each of his cohort of teenage historians by name and knew exactly what they should achieve in their GCSEs, but was worried that they might not live up to their potential.
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Colleges are being encouraged to release staff to mark exams in order to avoid examiner crisis http://ow.ly/Rb6fM
Colleges will be encouraged to allow their staff to become exam markers as part of a new campaign to tackle a looming shortage, TES can reveal. Awarding bodies have said they will need thousands of extra markers to cope with the introduction of linear GCSEs and A-levels. OCR, which almost failed to submit results last year because of problems with its marking system, has estimated that it needs 5,000 more markers.
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Exam boards on 'final warning' as GCSE results day looms http://ow.ly/QTh8e
Exam boards are on their “final warning” and must prove that they have “upped their game” to prevent a radical overhaul of the system that could threaten their existence, government sources have told TES.  In an escalation of the row between awarding bodies and the Department for Education, it has emerged that any significant difficulties with this month’s A-level and GCSE results will lead to certain reform.
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'Teaching is hard, but so is life' – a secondary teacher looks back on the highs and lows of the year
I love my job as head of RE and director of spirituality at a high-achieving Church of England secondary school in an economically deprived part of East Lancashire. I have held my current post for eight years, and I previously spent nine years working in a community school on the other side of the county, where I ended up as head of humanities. 
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Teachers report that parental aggression is on the rise – and primary teachers are bearing the brunt http://ow.ly/Ru9PB
Three-quarters of teachers believe parents’ behaviour towards them has grown worse over the last five years, according to an exclusive poll for TES. Among the primary and secondary staff questioned by YouGov, only 2 per cent said that parents’ behaviour had improved since 2010. And 25 per cent said that there had been no change at all in the way that parents behaved. By contrast, 73 per cent of the teachers surveyed said that parents’ behaviour h...
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We asked you for your #TipsFromTeachers here's 10 of our favourites http://ow.ly/RecxG
Summer is over and The Great British Bake Off is on television. Soon it will be September and many parents will have reached the moment they've been fantasising about since their child was born: the first day at school.  Whether your son is starting in Reception or your Year 6 daughter has just moved school, September can be a stressful month. The thought of unfamiliar surroundings, faces and routines can cause anxiety for you and your child long...
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Schools have been left 'in utter shock' at drop in English language IGCSE http://ow.ly/Rb6uS
Schools have warned of “devastating” consequences after their students’ results plummeted in an English language IGCSE taken by almost a third of 16-year-olds in England this year.  Headteachers told TES that they were in a state of “utter shock” at the results, published last week ahead of yesterday’s main GCSE results. They fear the outcome could unfairly threaten jobs and lead to forced takeovers of their schools. 
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The new GCSEs have been labelled ‘too easy’ by exam boards http://ow.ly/Rb64Y
The government’s GCSE reform programme has been plunged into further uncertainty and controversy, with sample papers for the new qualifications rejected in several key subjects amid concerns that they are too easy, TES has learned. Ofqual has turned down specimen papers for reformed GCSEs in history and geography from all four exam boards involved in setting the new qualifications. Some modern foreign language papers have also been rejected, TES ...
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Why the president of Pearson wants us to put less emphasis on exams http://ow.ly/QTh2e
The “immense pressure” on schools to achieve good exam results is squeezing the joy and creativity out of teaching and learning, an exam board boss has said. Writing for this week’s TES, Rod Bristow, president of Pearson, says that too great an emphasis on exams is “damaging” education. “Over the years, there has been a growing tendency in this country to hire and fire teachers and put school leadership teams under immense pressure on the basis o...
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'Teaching is hard, but so is life' – a secondary teacher looks back on the highs and lows of the year http://ow.ly/QCVU6
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