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It’s official: school budget cuts have finally caught up with teaching assistants

Rob Webster.  The latest school workforce statistics, released by the Dept for Education, confirm what survey after survey have been telling us for months: schools are losing their TAs. The government started publishing school workforce data 21 years ago. This is the

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Four reasons why female teachers are paid less than men

Rebecca Allen.  The teaching profession in England remains dominated by women, but as they accumulate experience in the classroom their pay gradually falls behind that of men. By the time secondary school teachers have accumulated 20 years of experience, men

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Disadvantaged pupils have less-qualified science teachers across the developed world, and other findings from PISA

Sam Sims.  The Programme for International Student Assessment is a well-known exercise in benchmarking pupil attainment in maths, science and reading across countries. PISA was first conducted in 2000 and five further rounds of results have since been published. Around

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Schools that foster and harness staff commitment perform better

Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson.  There are two things that people think they know about teachers.  One is that they are dedicated to their profession, motivated by a sense of “mission” rather than money.  The other is that

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Teacher shortages: are a handful of schools a big part of the problem?

Sam Sims and Rebecca Allen.   We recently met a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), let’s call her Ellen, who had been delighted to get their first teaching job in a North London primary school deemed outstanding by Ofsted. She arrived on

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