Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Vocational students left in the dark as qualifications undergo reform: The shake-up of skills-based studies has left thousands of students not knowing if their courses will continue.
- Gove to abolish General Teaching Council for England: The teaching profession’s watchdog is scrapped, it is the third education quango to be scrapped by the coalition government.
- Failing schools ‘given a year to improve’: Head teachers will be given a year to turn around failing schools or face the sack, according to Michael Gove.
- Schools asked to ditch logos from PE kits: Families are struggling with the cost of sports wear. Headteachers are being urged to relax the rules on pupils’ gym kits to help ease the financial pressure on families struggling as a result of the recession.
- Schools failing to teach children the core beliefs of Christianity, says Ofsted: Schools are neglecting to teach children the core beliefs of Christianity in religious education lessons, a new report reveals.
- Primary curriculum to be axed: The government will scrap Labour’s new primary curriculum and its flagship “academic” diplomas, ministers said as they detailed a £359m programme of education cuts. Michael Gove, the education secretary, also said he would drop a proposed extension of pilot schemes offering free school meals to all primary pupils, although three existing schemes will continue to assess the case for increasing eligibility.
- Exams move to the bedroom: New technology allows students to sit tests at home while computer lock, webcam and microphone ensure they can’t cheat.