Call for loans freeze
The Sutton Trust has called for the Government to consider freezing or decreasing the student loans of graduates going into key professions such as teaching. A new report also argues that a potential increase in fees for highly selective universities could exacerbate the shortage of maths and science teachers as graduates look for more highly paid jobs. The charity has made the recommendations to Lord Browne's Review of Higher Education Funding, and has also urged the coalition Government to pilot a scheme whereby students from low-income homes get their first year of university study free.
Vote on assessment
A televised debate on the future of primary assessment voted this week that sample tests would be the best replacement for Sats. Voting pads were used to track the audience response during Teachers TV's Big Debate, which was hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and heard arguments from assessment experts. The most popular system was national monitoring using sample tests (36 per cent), followed by teacher assessment (28 per cent), the Assessing Pupil's Progress scheme (24 per cent) and modified Sats (12 per cent).
- View the debate at www.teachers.tvvideos58211
Young carers bullied
Young carers feel bullied, stressed and misunderstood at school, research published this week suggests. Almost 70 per cent of six to 18-year-olds who care for a sick or disabled family member say they have been bullied at school. More than a third say they worry about the person they care for during lessons, and almost a quarter say they are stressed in class. The poll, by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Children's Society, questioned 700 young carers about their experiences.
Pritt Stick acquittal
An art teacher accused of assaulting a pupil with a Pritt Stick has been cleared of the offence. Lynda May was accused of injuring the pupil by banging the glue stick on the table, but said it had been an accident. Mrs May, a teacher for more than 30 years from Neath, south Wales, sobbed with relief when the jury at Swansea Crown Court returned its verdict.