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Teachers’ Pay All change from September 2013

17 Apr

The Government accepted all the recommendations in the 21st report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). The STRB proposed radical changes to how teachers are paid from 1 September 2013.  Increases in teachers’ salaries will be based on how well – or otherwise – they do in their performance reviews and will not be automatic for those on the main scale except for those that are the subject of capability procedures, which is the current practice.

On 21 February 2012, the Secretary of State for Education asked the STRB to review current provision for teachers’ pay with a view to raising the status of the profession and contributing to improving the standard of teaching in our schools. The STRB’s 21st report was in response to that remit.

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Gove presses ahead with some aspects of GCSE reforms

17 Apr

The government intends to proceed with its timetable for new GCSEs and A levels to be introduced from 1 September 2015, a year after the new national curriculum is taught in maintained schools.  Ofqual, the examination regulator, described the timetable as “challenging”.  The NUT argued (rather dramatically) that it “could lead to a collapse of the system”.  Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), called for the introduction of the GCSEs to be delayed to September 2016, with the new A levels postponed for first teaching in 2018.

The government plans to introduce a new grading structure for the reformed GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, History, Geography, Computer Sciences and other Sciences from September 2015. News grades for the other subjects will follopw a year later.  Exam boards are hoping that the changes will include a new A** grade for the exceptionally bright or pupils having the opportunity of gaining an A* with merit.  Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, is clear that the bar for the C grade should be raised.

Gove also wants (despite opposition) to abandon the two-tier system of examinations in some subjects like Mathematics and to introduce only external assessments.  However, he has abandoned plans to franchise English, Mathematics and the Science to single exam boards, despite 82% of respondents (during the consultation) being in favour, stating that that was “a bridge too far”.   In the meantime, Gove has decided to scrap plans to introduce the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC).

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