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GTCE launches probe
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into leak allegations
by Chris Parr
a “private session” at the council’s to carry out an investigation into Paula Roe, English teacher at The GTCE said that the increase
Ben Allen
meeting in London on Tuesday, the matter.” Redhill School in Stourbridge and a was necessary in order to carry out
January 26, and the GTCE alleged Speaking to SecEd last week, member of the NASUWT’s nation- its remit, which is set by parliament.
Pete Henshaw – 020 7501 6771
The General Teaching Council for that the union had breached con- Chris Keates, general secretary al executive, said the GTCE was a It also pointed out that the fee had
England (GTCE) has launched an fidentiality in commenting on the of the NASUWT, said she was “hated organisation”. She told us: remained unchanged for the last
investigation into the conduct of two discussions before they had taken “unconcerned” by the threat: “I “Teachers recognise that as a pro- four years and that the majority of
Deputy editor of its national council members fol- place. It said the leak “called into don’t think the best way to deal fession we should have a regulatory teachers receive an annual salary
David Taylor – 020 7501 6772 lowing allegations that they leaked question the continuing participa- with this is to threaten us. If they body which promotes the teaching allowance of £33, which largely sensitive financial information. tion of the NASUWT in the govern- kick out the two representatives profession but the GTCE fails to do offsets the fee.
Chief reporter The GTCE said on Thursday ance of the council”. from the largest teaching union, all this, wasting our money on func- A statement to the press read:
Chris Parr – 020 7501 6750
(January 28) that John Rimmer and A GTCE spokeswoman said: that will do is convince teachers that tions it should have no say in.” “While successful efforts have been
Mick Lyons, who both represent the “With regard to the recent breach the GTCE is not acting in the best Helen Nurton, assistant head at made to contain costs and to oper-
Christos Mais
NASUWT union on the council, of confidentiality of information interests of the profession.” Guildford County School, added: ate as efficiently as possible, we
would be subject to an investigation provided to council members, A fee increase of £6 was agreed “An 18 per cent rise in fees for have now reached the point where
Editorial advisory panel
after their union publicly revealed the GTCE chair of council, Gail at the meeting, and if given the something that we have no choice an increase will be required if we
Paul Ainsworth, Deputy
details of a proposed increase in the Mortimer, who has responsibil- go ahead by schools secretary Ed about joining and for something are to continue with the programme
headteacher, Belvoir High School,
council’s annual registration fee. ity for member conduct issues, has Balls, it will see the annual charge that I still have to see any benefit of activities agreed by council in
Leicestershire. Mark Blois, Browne
The fee rise was to be debated in asked chief executive Keith Bartley rise from £33 to £39. from is ridiculous.” January 2009.”
Jacobson. Hilary Moriarty,
National director, Boarding
Schools’ Association. Neill
Morton, Headteacher, Portora
Royal School, Enniskillen. Helen
Nurton, Assistant headteacher,
Guildford County School, Surrey. Jo
Smith, Deputy headteacher, Long Week underway
Field School, Melton Mowbray.
Tina Stockman, Teacher, Harlaw
Academy, Aberdeen. Ray Tarleton,
This week is National Apprenticeship of having a highly skilled work-
Headteacher, South Dartmoor
Week, a celebration of the employers force. Skills will be crucial to a
Community College, Devon. Dr
up and down the country that hire strong economic recovery and I
Bernard Trafford, Headteacher,
thousands of apprentices every year. urge employers across the country
The Royal Grammar School,
Ministers are using the event to to take the chance apprentices give
Newcastle upon Tyne. Simon
encourage more companies to take them to boost their competitiveness,
Viccars, Headteacher, Leon School
advantage of the new Apprentice innovation and growth this year.”
and Sports College, Milton Keynes.
Grant for Employers scheme, Research commissioned through
Alex Wood, Headteacher, Wester
which offers firms a £2,500 grant the National Apprenticeships
Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh
for every 16 or 17-year-old that Service and the British Chambers
they take on. of Commerce shows that more than
As part of the week, business three in five UK companies plan to
Sales director
minister, Pat McFadden, visited a recruit this year, while 62 per cent
Matt Govett – 020 7501 6735
Morrison’s store in Camden, north of businesses who employ appren-
Business development
London. The supermarket chain has tices said they made a positive con-
committed to making 5,500 govern- tribution during the recession. Cut above: Gillian Merron, MP for Lincoln City, became a hairdressing apprentice at
Abdul Hayee – 020 7501 6767
ment-funded Apprenticeship places The survey found that drive Talking Heads, a Lincoln College employer, during 009’s National Apprenticeship Week
Classified sales available by July. and enthusiasm are the traits most
Rachel McElhinney – 020 7501 6728 Mr McFadden said: “In 1997 prized by employers (83 per cent) young people during the economic in building the national skills base, grants of £2,500 to employers to
Apprenticeships had dwindled as while having skills that the business recovery is a vital commitment to they are a fantastic way for young encourage them take on new 16 and
Subscription manager a route for people to gain new will need in the future is also sought ensure that the tough economic cli- people to progress in the workplace, 17-year-old apprentices. Thousands
Chris Hoskins
skills, today we have 239,900 start- after (71 per cent). mate does not ruin the prospects of and they make good business sense. of employers are already taking on
Circulation director
ing Apprenticeships and businesses Iain Wright, minister for 14 a generation of young people. That’s why we have invested a total apprentices, but it is right that we
Sally Boettcher
of all sizes are reaping the rewards to 19 reform, said: “Investing in “Apprenticeships play a key role of £12.5 million for up to 5,000 help make it easier for them.”
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Text and email bullying on the rise
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Text and email bullying has
“increased significantly”, according
integration pioneers
UK annual rates:
to a study by academics from
Brunel University and York St John
Personal £50
University. A new work has been published Thereafter, ACT embarked on
Institutional (libraries,
Over the course of five years, chronicling how the pioneers a programme to convince govern-
companies etc) £110
the numbers of children reporting of integrated education opened ment to make funds available to
Europe annual rates:
“nasty” or “threatening” text or Northern Ireland’s first integrated groups of parents who wished to
Personal £92 email messages has grown from secondary school in the face of found integrated schools.
Institutional £165 an average of 13 per cent to 16.4 powerful establishment resistance. Despite frequent setbacks, the
Rest of world annual rates: per cent. Girls are more likely to The book focuses on All integrated movement developed
Personal £113 be the victims of cyber or text bul- Children Together (ACT), the at an impressive pace until, by
Institutional £209
lying than boys, with the average founding movement for un-segre- September 2009, there were more
figure increasing from 18.8 per cent gated schooling in the North. than 20,000 pupils in 61 schools
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to 20.8. It started in 1972 in the face of all over Northern Ireland.
Pensord Press, Wales
The principle factor identified both clerical and lay opposition Jonathan Bardon has spo-
for the increase is the availability of with a vision that would eventu- ken to many of those involved
Published by
technology. Data from the Ofcom ally see children of all religions from the outset in the campaigns
Communications Market report and no religion educated together. for shared schools, and trawled
revealed that household internet The book – The Struggle through reports, newspapers, the
connections grew by 15 per cent for Shared Schools in Northern unpublished records of ACT and
over the course of the study, while Ireland: The History of All government files recently opened
St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road
mobile phone ownership grew by Children Together – has been under the 30-year rule.
Herne Hill, London SE24 0PB
eight per cent in the same time written by renowned historian What emerges is a tale of
period. Jonathan Bardon. determination, tenacity, courage,
The study also allowed students said encouraging responsible use of phones in the classroom, but the At a political level, it describes dedication and, above all, vision
to provide examples of the messages technology was key. whole thing is built on encourag- how, crucially, ACT persuaded by ordinary men and women from
they had received, which ranged from The school introduced a e-safety ing an ethos of responsible use of Westminster to pass enabling leg- both sides of the religious divide.
threats of physical violence (“I’m course last year for year 7 students. technology.” islation in 1978 for schools to Their example moved Lord
MA Education Ltd is an independent
going to kick your head in when you Mr Baker explained: “Online bully- The report’s authors examined become integrated. Mawhinney – a former Northern
publishing company also responsible
least expect it”), to the ending of pla- ing is treated very seriously – just as incidents of text and email bullying Then, in 1981, came the great Ireland education minister – to
for education titles Early Years
tonic relationships (“I’m glad you’ve seriously as physical bullying. Both among students in years 7 and 8 in leap of faith with the establish- describe them as “among the first
Educator and 5to7 Educator.
gone on holiday, I never wanted to sets of parents are brought in and a 13 secondary schools in the North ment of what would become the genuine peace people”.
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