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Primary Education News
News Rise of summer tuition, achievement gap inquiry and boys with special needs
This week's round up includes: a survey of parents worried about the 'summer slide', figures on state school boys with special educational needs and concerns about School Direct
Summer tutoring on the rise
More than a quarter of parents, who are concerned about the 'summer slide', plan to hire tutors for their children over the summer holidays. According to a survey of more than 1,000 parents, commissioned by online tutoring site www.themathsfactor.com, 27% of parents plan to hire tutors for their primary-age children.
Conversely, the survey also suggests that more than a third of parents were unaware that their child's learning may slip back during the long summer break.
However, most parents said that they plan to work with their children on some sort of learning activity during the six week summer break. Suggested activities include reading books (29%), making use of literacy and numeracy apps (14%), Sats revision (8%) and other online courses to keep their children's minds active (7%).
Read more about the summer tutoring survey on BBC News.
MPs to look into white working class achievement gap
The Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the underachievement of white working-class children.
This inquiry follows the release of official Department for Education figures that show that by the age of five, only one in three boys from poorer backgrounds are meeting development targets.
Written submissions are requested across several areas including, the extent of white working class pupils' educational underachievement, whether the problem is significantly worse for white working class boys than girls and what role government can play in delivering improved educational outcomes for white working class pupils.
The deadline for written submissions is noon on 30 September.
Read more about the inquiry on Parliament UK.
One in four state school boys have special educational needs
Nearly one in four state school boys have some type of special education need. This is close to double the number of girls, according to recent figures released by the Department for Education.
Almost one in five pupils in England, across both private and state sectors, are said to have SEN. The government figures show that this accounts for almost 1.5 million children (18.7%), which is a slight decrease from last year's figure of 1.6 million.
The survey revealed a vast difference between boys and girls; 23.3% of boys were judged to have special educational needs, compared with 13.7% of girls.
Campaigners have placed the blame for this on a combination of poor teaching and the incorrect labelling of children.
Read the full report on the Department for Education website.
Teachers value financial support for training
When it comes to perks of the job, more than half of teachers want financial support for additional training or further study, according to a survey about employee benefits.
Money for training was voted the number one benefit teachers look for when taking up a new job. However, just 14% of teachers stated that they currently received these types of financial and training benefits.
An interesting aspect of the survey showed a dividing line between new and experienced teachers. The majority of teachers (55%) with less than 10 years teaching experience said that financial support to train was a key factor when considering a new post. More than 42% of those surveyed, with more than 10 years experience, agreed with their less experienced colleagues.
The responses come from a recent survey of teachers, commissioned by recruitment consultancy Hays Education. The survey also found that the majority of teachers surveyed (70%) stated that they would like to see education employees receive private healthcare.
Read more about the survey results on the Hays Education website.
School Direct 'a threat to future teacher supply'
When giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, Tatlow claimed the introduction of the School Direct system of recruitment could lead to as many as 3,000 fewer teachers trained than is needed.
Under the Department for Education's School Direct programme, 9,000 teacher training places were transferred from universities to schools in 2012-13. Schools are expected to recruit trainee teachers who would then start their training in September 2013. At the end of the summer term, it is estimated that just under half of these places (45%) were unfilled, with many specialist shortage subject trainee places unfilled.
Pam Tatlow said: "Rather than expand the programme, School Direct numbers should be reduced in 2014-15 and a national strategy agreed to bring some stability and common-sense back into the system."