Almost a third of teachers who began their career in 2010 quit the classroom within five years of qualifying, according to government figures.
Justine Greening, the new education secretary, is now in charge of universities as well as schools.
One afternoon in 2013, Andrew, then 11, had to stay behind after school for misbehaving in his English lesson. He’d thrown water at the teacher, wound up other pupils and tried to run out of the classroom. The punishment was to complete the work that he hadn’t done in class. Supervising the detention was Mark Oldman, the headteacher.
Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the government’s Prevent strategy, designed to tackle extremism, over concerns that it causes “suspicion in the classroom and confusion in the staffroom”.
You report (30 January) the doubling of the number of schools in England failing the poorest children at GCSE level, reflecting changes to exam rules.
Conservative education policy came under fire on several fronts on Sunday as David Cameron prepared to unveil new powers to force thousands more schools he considers are “coasting” to accept new leadership.
Labour has called on the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, to abandon the policy of allowing unqualified teachers in the classroom, amid speculation that plans are being considered to extend initial teacher training from two years to three.
Coding is to be taught to children from the age of five from September but will it nurture the generation of coders the government is hoping for?