League table woes, no proof academies raise standards and Ofsted on religion

Good week for

Science practicals. Education secretary, Nicky Morgan, called for a U-turn on Ofqual plans to scrap science practicals for GCSE and A-level qualifications.

Christian schools. Chief inspector Michael Wilshaw has denied that Ofsted had a political agenda against Christian schools after he came under fire from MPs following damning inspections for two free schools in north east England.

Bad week for

League tables. The number of schools in England failing to hit their GCSE targets has doubled in a year, according to figures released by the Department for Education. Exam reforms and changes to the way league tables are made up are thought to have led to the change.

Academies. A report by the cross-party education select committee said that while the increase in academies had led to greater competition, which helped drive school improvements, there was no proof academies raised standards.

What you’re saying

Almost three quarters (73%) of trainee and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) have considered leaving the profession, according to a new survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). The stats got a lot you chatting on Twitter, with many sharing their workload woes.

— Zoe Nosworthy (@QZeee)
January 27, 2015

@GuardianTeach Just got in from school. Face an evening on my laptop preparing and wading through paperwork. Tired.

— Leigh Taylor (@leigh_taylor13)
January 27, 2015

@GuardianTeach I’m not sure that full or even part time teaching is compatible with a family life. What a waste of talent

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