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Weekly news round up: 16/04/24

By Tim Bradbury posted 16-04-2024 10:11

  

Hi folks!

Before we get into the weekly news round-up we have some exciting news to share... 

WE ARE THE COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR: STEM Community wins ‘Community of the Year’ in Higher Logic’s Super Forum 2024 Customer Awards.  Huge thanks to all of our members, you all contributed to this awesome achievement! https://www.stem.org.uk/all-news/stem-community-wins-community-of-the-year

Stemming the Tide: A Week in UK Education

The past week has seen a whirlwind of activity in the education sector across the UK. This long-read blog offers a digest of the most notable stories and their implications for STEM teachers, albeit with broader educational insights. The aim is to provide a politically neutral yet informative overview, interlaced with practical takeaways and reflection prompts for our educators.

Primary School Admissions and the Tech Angle

Firstly, the annual primary school admissions have caused a stir, with many families facing disappointment. Notably, the BBC reports on the stress this places on parents and educators alike. The discussion opens up questions on how data analytics and software solutions could better manage expectations and improve placement processes.

Inclusivity in Education: Beyond the Classroom

Sky News covered several thought-provoking pieces, including one on the increasing exclusion rates in primary schools and their long-term impact on GCSE results. This segues into the broader issue of educational inclusivity and the potential role of inclusive education technologies that can cater to diverse learning needs.

Teacher Turnover and Trust Operations

Over at Schools Week, there's been significant coverage on teacher turnover within Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). The data suggests a link between the size of the trust and the stability of its teaching staff. This raises questions about the sustainability of current educational models and the role of management technologies in enhancing teacher retention.

Addressing the Skills Gap

FE Week highlights new governmental measures aiming to strengthen apprenticeship accountability. With the introduction of stricter thresholds for apprenticeship breaks and withdrawals, there’s a clear push towards higher completion rates and perhaps a need for better tracking systems.

Sustainability in Education

TES Magazine brings an innovative angle with stories on environmental sustainability within the curriculum. One piece discusses Arsenal’s Leah Williamson promoting football among girls, highlighting the importance of physical education and extracurricular activities in fostering a holistic educational environment.

Using Evidence to Inform Teaching

Finally, the Education Endowment Foundation provides resources on utilizing research evidence in teaching. The push towards evidence-based practices could be a significant step in elevating educational outcomes, particularly in STEM subjects where empirical data is crucial.

Reflections for Teachers

As we digest these developments, here are some reflections for STEM teachers:

  1. Adaptive Technologies: How might emerging technologies be harnessed to make educational administration more efficient and less stressful for families and staff?
  2. Inclusive Education: What steps can be taken to ensure that every child receives education that caters to their individual needs and circumstances?
  3. Evidence-Based Practice: In what ways can the findings from educational research be better integrated into day-to-day teaching practices, particularly in STEM?

This week's news has provided much food for thought, emphasizing the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of education in the UK. As educators, staying informed and reflective is crucial in navigating these changes effectively.

Note: This blog post is an AI curated summary of news articles from various sources. The aim is to provide educators with a comprehensive overview of recent developments in the education sector. All hyperlinks direct readers to the original news articles for further reading.

Note 2: My AI bot has been 'upgraded' again...what do we think?! 

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17-04-2024 10:52

Interesting how the AI is adding in suggestions to 'use technology' to solve the issues / barriers etc. that are mentioned in the news articles .... :-)