Teaching assistants are a major part of the schools workforce today, with around 240,000 working in England’s schools and 10 per cent of the education budget spent on employing them each year.

But there have for some time been concerns that TAs aren’t always used as effectively as they could and should be.


The government has sounded the starting gun on academy status for all schools, but don’t be tempted to rush to a decision, says Best Practice Network’s Jeff Hart.


Multi-Academy Trusts, or MATs, are now a familiar feature of the school landscape. By summer 2015 there were 846 across England, compared to under 400 in March 2011.


Academy leaders are champions at handling the practical side of major change. After all, they have been at the vanguard of major changes in the education system in recent years.

Their response to significant changes such as a conversion to academy status and all its implications is often to focus on the technical and operational tasks associated with that change. This might be setting up a new governance structure, recruiting new staff, organising a new uniform and consulting parents.


Research is showing that the numbers of teachers leaving full-time teaching and those considering leaving the profession are at an all-time high. This research highlights the vital problem of keeping teachers teaching, which is currently experienced within the industry especially by school leaders.


Dean Boyce, programme leader for HLTA and Support Staff programmes, discusses where schools can turn for more guidance on the best use of TAs, in the absence of national standards.


Penguin has published a new list of 100 books as part of a new Classics initiative. They will be offering secondary classroom sets of 30 copies of each of the titles for a total cost of £3,000. Simon Winder, Publishing Director, Penguin Classics said:

"We have chosen 100 books from the Penguin Classics series to continue our tradition of engaging the next generation - to surprise, provoke and delight young readers. The opportunity to work with schools to make these 100 books available to their students is a unique one and we are thrilled to be involved."


On the 21st of January 2016, the Secretary for Education Nicky Morgan gave a speech on her vision for education.

She referred to the Prime Minister’s recent speech on life changes that the aim in politics should be “ give every child the chance to dream big and the tools - the character, the knowledge and the confidence that will let their potential shine brightly.”

This article is a summary of what what was covered in the speech:


On January 29th 2016, Secretary for Education Nicky Morgan announced that talented teachers and middle leaders are being invited to apply to join the National Teaching Service (NTS) and work in schools across the North West, which are having trouble retaining teaching professionals. The national teaching service will see 1500 of the country’s top teaching professionals matched to the schools which need them most by 2020.


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