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Sacrifising SEN support for high paid bosses.

The DfE has struck again, only this time, to announce its investigation into high paid school moguls. A recent announcement from the government to investigate of what seems to be a range of over 28 schools across the UK with salaries of over £150.000 has come to light this morning. Some North-East schools, amongst which is none other than Southmoor Multi-Academy Trust, have come under the DfE's radar of excessive salaried bosses. Dr. Phil Ingram, the CEO of Southmoor and Sandhill View Academy Trust is said to be amongst those to have benefited from the six-figure salary scrutiny. Lord Agnew, Academies Minister, has written to schools in aim of publishing their figures ensuring that yearly wages match their job description....

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Tuіtіоn соmраnіеѕ thrіvе аѕ ѕсhооlіng іnduѕtrіеѕ fаіl іn thе UK

Tоdау, thе mаrkеt іn рrіvаtе tuіtіоn fоr ѕсhооl ѕubjесtѕ rерrеѕеntѕ аррrоxіmаtеlу £2 bіllіоn реr уеаr іn thе UK. Thіѕ соnѕіdеrаblе ѕum mаkеѕ thе соuntrу оnе оf thе tор ѕреndеrѕ оn tutоrіng, wоrldwіdе. Tutоrіng gіvеѕ ѕtudеntѕ іndіvіduаlіsеd аttеntіоn thаt thеу dоn't gеt іn a сrоwdеd сlаѕѕrооm. Thіѕ hеlрѕ сhіldrеn whо ѕtrugglе tо kеер uр, аѕ well аѕ, thоѕе whо аrеn't сhаllеngеd еnоugh. It аlѕо kеерѕ ѕtudеntѕ оn trасk durіng brеаkѕ frоm ѕсhооl, ѕuсh аѕ durіng school brеаk, оr durіng thе ѕummеr. Thе рrороrtіоn оf рuріlѕ rесеіvіng рrіvаtе оr hоmе tuіtіоn hаѕ іnсrеаѕеd bу mоrе thаn 30% оvеr thе соurѕе оf thе lаѕt dесаdе, frоm 18% іn 2005 tо 25% іn 2015. In Lоndоn, thе fіgurеѕ аrе соnѕіѕtеntlу hіghеr, wіth 34% оf...

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Tuition in the UK as a positive effect on pupils and schools

According to recent analysis, school tuition fees in the United Kingdom are now the most expensive in the world. The minimum average annual cost being £9,188 has clearly indicated its superiority over education in the United States, where student makes an average payment $9,410 (which is £7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan Calculator website. British students are also paying significantly more than their other colleagues in other European countries. Annual fees amount is equivalent to just £346 in France, while higher institutions in country like Belgium, Germany, Italy and Austria are also charging less than £1000 a year. Many other countries such as Scotland and much of Scandinavia do not collect any charge fees at all. However, it...

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Tuition as an alternative education

The idea to tutor students in a place other than the formalized setting of a classroom is borne out of the exorbitant price in school tuition, the enormous gulf between the rich and poor and a variety of other issues. Right from when we were birthed into the world we were tutored by our parents, the concept of tutoring is not a strange thing. In fact, it is how we were nurtured and cultured.  With the upsurge in academic failures, parents are becoming concerned about the progress of their children in schools. Home tutoring has garnered a lot of proponent because of this educational malaise ravaging society today. Home tutoring allows the student to learn at a pace that is...

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Tuition rises in the UK.

  There is always a price to pay for any worthy cause and education in this modern era ultimately does not come at a cheaper rate. It begins to fog the mind of any rational individual whether education is just meant for the elite with this colossally increased need to gain knowledge. The standard of living in the UK is an issue. The advancement in civilization comes with a price to pay. With the advancement in technology, it is not surprising that almost all of our daily routine is programmed, from the bed we sleep on to how we treat diseases; the life of the modern man is fraught with technology. The educational institution is not left out; it glows...

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Best teaching method-a myth?

There is a rich bed of theories in relation to the ‘best method’ and the academic debate continues to be a heated discussion led by academics, professionals, political parties and key stakeholders. According to Prabhu (1990) the reasoning behind the fact that there is no best method lies in three constituents in that there are different methods for adequate contexts, all methods consist of feasible features but not necessarily always adaptable and the misconception of the term. So, for Prabhu, the term method consists of the tasks that are carried out and the theory of 'how to' in class which is the definition I would like to adhere to, however, for the purposes of the text I will focus on a sample of methodologies such as those mentioned by Richards and Rodgers...

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Asylum for underpaid teachers or a shelter for the overworked?

It has only been this week that the DFE announced recent plans to offer affordable housing for teachers on site academies and other school sites. Plans to house those who teach but live in massively overpriced areas such as London have been negotiated by tycoon trusts. Buying colossal land around schools and negotiating terms of property renting has been this year's latest educational innovation for the DFE in its bid to help teachers amidst mental health concerns. Reasons, however, don't simply involve housing prices but the long decade difficulty for schools to recruit teachers. In its aimless attempt to place teachers in schools, the government is now willing to source funding in order to support school premises but at the...

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The Jabberwocky and me.

It was 7am in the morning. I had barely got out of bed when the alarm reminded me of the pending meeting that was scheduled for 9am. To say that I was dreading another conflicting meeting would be an understatement. So I plucked up all the strength I could collect, clinched my firsts and pressed them on the mattress in a proclamatory attempt to convince myself it was all for the greater good. 8:25am. Sitting in the car, wondering if all parties had arrived was obviously pointless. I grabbed my scarf, dropped my files and half chewed pen in my leather shopper bag and opened the door to the chilly breeze of the morning. As the frosty wind warned me...

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