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Sector news, 11 - 15 June 2012

Colleges get to call themselves universities The Guardian, 11 June 2012

Small specialist colleges will be allowed to call themselves universities even if they have no intention of expanding or diversifying, the government has announced. Institutions will be able to apply for the title "university" if they have 1,000 students, and 750 of those are studying for a degree. Previously, they needed at least 4,000 students, with at least 3,000 studying for a degree. The announcement, which was ain a Department for Business, innovation and Skills (BIS) response to the higher education white paper, is expected to lead to the biggest expansion of the sector for 20 years.

Newly qualified teachers being hounded out by bullying schools The Guardian, 11 June 2012

This feature interviews nearly-qualified teachers who are leaving the profession after being left unsupported when they start work. People talk about working in an atmosphere of panic over Ofsted inspections and targets, having no time to prepare because of having to cover for absent colleagues, changing timetables, being asked to teach subjects not their own, unsupported, and being told they are useless. Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said they were concerned about a culture of fear and bullying in some schools as pressure increased for them to be seen as succeeding. One factor is seen to be the fact there is a huge pool of candidates as newly-qualified teachers struggle to find work.

Ofsted figures show almost half of schools not doing well enough The Guardian, 12 June 2012

New figures have shown almost half the schools inspected in the first three months of the year were found to be not good enough. A total of 34 per cent of the 1,964 schools visited by inspectors between January and March were satisfactory, and 9 per cent were inadequate and given a notice to improve or put in special meatures. Ofsted said this is likely to be because, since January, schools have been inspected under a new regime. Schools previously rated “outstanding” are now not routinely inspected and those considered “good” are visited less frequently.


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