iGCSE in ICT open to all
The Government has lifted restrictions that stopped state schools offering iGCSE qualifications in key subjects, including ICT. It has also announced its intention to include iGCSE results in school performance tables as soon as possible.
The announcement means that from September, state-funded schools will be free to teach a wide range of qualifications that will put them on a level playing field with independent schools which have offered them for some time. Read More..
Worcestershire BSF shortlist announced
Balfour Beatty, Catalyst Lend Lease and Carillion’s Inspired Spaces consortium have been shortlisted for the £125m Worcestershire Building Schools for the Future contract.
The contract will involve work on seven schools in Wyre Forest as part of the £55bn BSF programme. Read More..
Pupils fingerprinted to borrow library books
The Daily Mail reported this week that one in three secondary schools is “forcing children to swipe their fingerprints just to register in class or take out library books”.
The newspaper used the Freedom of Information Act to show how technology was being used to monitor pupils and carry out “basic administration”. “Thirty per cent of high schools are taking fingerprints simply to speed up basic administration such as borrowing books, registering in the mornings and buying canteen lunches,” the paper said. Read More..
CPDs promote effective use of ICT
The Western Mail has reported that a scheme which helps teachers develop their knowledge and skills has had a positive impact in the classroom, according to Wales’s education watchdog.
An assessment of the Continuous Professional Development project, administered by the General Teaching Council for Wales, was commissioned by the Assembly Government and conducted by Estyn.
The inspectorate found that in most cases, professional development projects have helped raise pupils’ achievements and have contributed to the wider development of schools. Read More...