Teacher recruitment: trade body and school leaders’ union collaborate on new Code of Conduct
May16

Teacher recruitment: trade body and school leaders’ union collaborate on new Code of Conduct

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have unveiled new guidance for their respective members around teacher recruitment. NAHT’s members will be offered guidance on working with teacher supply and recruitment companies, and will be introduced to APSCo’s new Code of Conduct for its Education recruitment members. APSCo has worked closely with the NAHT to produce...

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OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling
May04

OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling

The OECD Skills Outlook report 2017, launched today has revealed that the UK may lose it’s competitive advantage if it does not improve its skills mix to ensure that it meets the skills requirements of technologically advanced industries – the full UK breakdown is available here. Obviously, this is a significant issue for the UK, and whilst the Government has already taken some action with the introduction of the...

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Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee
May02

Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee

The Education Committee has today published the Government response to the Committee’s Recruitment and Retention of Teachers report. The Committee’s original report had covered a range of issues relating to teacher recruitment and retention, highlighting concerns over teacher workload, the status of teachers, shortcomings in the Department for Education’s teacher supply data, and the ability of teachers to undertake high...

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The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!
Apr06

The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!

Guest blog by Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson College London You may have missed it, but today the Government will implement the biggest shake up of workplace training and funding for a generation through the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The idea behind the Levy is very simple. The Government is committed to recruiting 3 million apprentices by 2020 and is introducing the Levy to both fund this reform and, crucially,...

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As 26% regret going to uni, and up to 51% of graduates only get entry level jobs, are universities failing students AND employers?
Mar24

As 26% regret going to uni, and up to 51% of graduates only get entry level jobs, are universities failing students AND employers?

Research among 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Intern Tech has revealed that the country’s university system appears to be failing both students and employers. With the average UK graduate entering the working world with £44,000 worth of university debt[i], new research by Intern Tech has unveiled that large proportions of the country’s graduates have been let down by their university education. Based on a nationally representative...

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Degree apprenticeships – the real alternative for apprentices and employers
Mar23

Degree apprenticeships – the real alternative for apprentices and employers

As the cost of going to university rises, many young people are looking to apprenticeships to gain qualifications and work experience at work rather than by going to University and spending much of their early working life in debt. However, the new Degree Apprenticeship could offer the best of both worlds.  It is a new education route, just launched by the Government, bringing together the best of higher and vocational training. This...

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Worrying research finds female pessimism about pay could sustain the gender pay gap
Mar16

Worrying research finds female pessimism about pay could sustain the gender pay gap

Efforts to end the gender pay gap could be thwarted by the tendency for women to be pessimistic about their earning potential, shows new research from the University of Bath. The study finds that women underestimate their earnings prospects, leading to lower expectations and little inclination to push for higher wages or promotion, or seek a better paid position. Conversely, men consistently overestimate their prospects. When reality...

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Don’t lose staff – Important changes for non-EU medical and teaching professionals applying to work in the UK
Feb24

Don’t lose staff – Important changes for non-EU medical and teaching professionals applying to work in the UK

Public and private sector employers in the medical and education sectors are being advised to start preparing for the Home Office’s latest changes if they want to avoid losing or delaying the recruitment of new non-EU medical and teaching professionals from overseas. With the latest changes as of 6 April 2017, immigration law firm, Migrate UK , is warning any sponsors to start checking whether those skilled Tier 2 employees, applying...

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Young Carers Receive Christmas Cheer From Ashville Pre-Prep School
Dec20

Young Carers Receive Christmas Cheer From Ashville Pre-Prep School

Young carers from across the local area will receive a welcome dose of Christmas cheer and charity, thanks to a Harrogate school. Once again Ashville Pre-Prep School has supported the Young Carers Charity by asking its pupils and parents to donate gifts for youngsters aged between seven and 12 who act as carers. Scores of presents – which were left under the school’s Christmas tree and labelled for either a boy or girl – have...

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Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry
Dec19

Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry

Young people living with autism are doing their part to combat hunger in Wales this Christmas as part of a ‘reverse’ advent calendar project being run by a leading provider of care for young people living with autism. Pupils from Orbis Education and Care aged from eight to 19 years of age are collecting items urgently required by food banks, such as tinned vegetables, fruit juice, and UHT milk. Each day in December, instead of opening...

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Education recruitment expert responds to looming headteacher crisis
Dec01

Education recruitment expert responds to looming headteacher crisis

Following research by three education leadership organisations, which has found that schools in England could face a shortage of almost 20,000 heads by 2022, education recruitment expert, Baljinder Kuller, has outlined possible reasons behind failing talent pipelines. The report, by the Future Leaders Trust, Teaching Leaders and TeachFirst, concluded that England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 senior teachers by 2022 if...

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UK misses out on £45bn GDP due to youth unemployment record
Nov29

UK misses out on £45bn GDP due to youth unemployment record

Figures highlight importance of employability focused training, says The Open University The UK must boost the employability of young people to improve economic growth, warns The Open University. The latest ONS figures on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) today show an increase of 14,000 NEETs between April and June to hit 857,000 young people.[1] Reducing this rate amongst 20-24 year olds could have a...

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Graduate Market Trends debunks graduate recruitment myths
Nov24

Graduate Market Trends debunks graduate recruitment myths

The autumn edition of Prospects Graduate Market Trends (GMT) journal addresses two common misconceptions that are deterring young people from university. New analysis by Charlie Ball, head of higher education intelligence at Prospects, sheds light on whether the UK has too many graduates to meet business demand and if the majority of people go to university. Charlie explains: “Misconceptions about the fundamental characteristics of...

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Welsh Education Secretary announces new student grants system that ‘provides for all’ Welsh students
Nov23

Welsh Education Secretary announces new student grants system that ‘provides for all’ Welsh students

The Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced that the Welsh Government will adopt proposals put forward in an independent review led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and a panel of experts which will see £1000 for all students and some students receiving the equivalent of the National Living Wage during term time while they study. The announcement was met with cross party support.  The new proposals mean that the average...

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Report: UK approaching Brexit with strongest graduate jobs market since recession
Nov15

Report: UK approaching Brexit with strongest graduate jobs market since recession

The unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university is 5.7%, a significant fall from 6.3% in 2015. Early unemployment rates below 6% signal a relatively strong jobs market for graduates, a level last seen during the pre-recession employment peak in 2007. The annual What Do Graduates Do? report published by Prospects and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) also reports that graduates are...

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