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Social media ‘more stressful than exams’, claims headteacher

The Evening Standard is reporting warnings from a head teacher that teenagers feel more stress from having to keep up appearances on social media than they do from exams… Marion Gibbs, head of James Allen’s Girls School (JAGS) in Dulwich, said teenagers live in a goldfish bowl where they are under “horrendous” pressure to look good and be popular.

Help schools to hire unqualified teachers, says Eton head

The TES is reporting that the outgoing head of Eton College has described teacher training as “a mess” and said it should be easier for unqualified teachers to get into the classroom… Tony Little, who is preparing to leave the boarding school this summer, called for a national system that would open up teaching to people “without professional qualifications but with good subject knowledge”.

Ambition is the key to a long career in the classroom, research shows

The TES is reporting that new research shows a keen sense of ambition is far more likely to keep teachers in the classroom than to tempt them to look elsewhere for work… Teachers who set themselves difficult goals are more likely to stay within the profession long-term than their less goal-oriented colleagues, according to Brady Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Academy praised by DfE before ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating

The BBC is reporting that an “inadequate” school, placed in special measures by Ofsted, was praised for its “vision” just weeks earlier by the DfE… In March Ofsted said leadership, pupil safety and pupil achievement at Ely College were all “inadequate”.

£4.5m free school deemed ‘not viable’

The BBC is reporting that a Cornwall free school that cost taxpayers £4.5m to open has been described as “not a viable proposition” by its sponsors and is to be taken over by a larger school. St Michael’s Catholic secondary school in Camborne is the only free school in Cornwall and opened with about 60 pupils in 2012.

Primary school headteacher gives parents code of conduct after social media abuse

The Mirror is reporting that a primary school headteacher has sent out a code of conduct to parents after she received e-mails that contained “abusive personal comments” about staff.

Tonia Crossman has written to parents about “harsh judgements and opinions” on social media commenting on how Emmer Green Primary School is run.

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