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Welcome to the latest issue of Education Today. I think it’s safe to say that most in the education sector are still trying to process last month’s announcement by George Osborne that all English schools must become academies by 2020 (or have official plans to do so by 2022). Currently, nearly two thirds of secondary schools and one in seven primary schools are academies, so it’s reasonable to say that the Government has announced a measure which could cause huge upheaval for a large number of schools, with questionable benefits to the schools forced to undergo the change. I’d love to hear what you as practitioners think about this, so please do get in touch. Moving on to the magazine, in our first feature we


look back at the recent Education Show, and offer some highlights. It’s a show I like – much more human in scale than Bett, and, with its focus on CPD, a really good show for teachers. Meanwhile, our second feature (timely given current levels of dissatisfaction in the profession) looks at teacher recruitment, and offers useful pointers on when to move, and how best to prepare for your next role. Elsewhere, our regular View from the classroom feature features Emma Wilkinson, head


of science at Archbishop Blanch School in Liverpool, who explains how the school is developing the future generation of female STEM leaders – a topic of interest to regular columnist Kirsty Bertenshaw, who this month writes of her experiences at the Big Bang Fair. We have all the news, comment and insight you’d expect, and remember, you can get in


touch with us via Twitter, Facebook and our homepage, as well as by phone or email. We love hearing from you!


Enjoy the issue! In this issue...


4-11 NEWS Highlights from the UK education sector 7 VIEWS


With VSO volunteer Alison Gee, and BESA’s Patrick Hayes 12 COLUMNISTS


Insight and advice from Charlotte Beckhurst and Kirsty Bertenshaw 13-19 VIEWS AND OPINION


Featuring opinion and comment from the UK education sector 20-21 VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


With Emma Wilkinson, head of science at Archbishop Blanch School in Liverpool 22-24 EDUCATION SHOW REVIEW


Reflections and highlights from a busy three days at the NEC


26-28 TEACHER RECRUITMENT


Advice for teachers looking for their next role from Robbie O’Driscoll of Eteach


30 BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT


Including products and services from Alumasc and Yorkon 31-36 COMPUTING & IT RESOURCES


Including products from Frontier Software and Clevertouch 37-41 RESOURCES


Including products and services from Hackney Learning Trust and Phoenix Sporting Goods 42 ROUND UP Including news from Seaward and Just Park


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