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CONTENTS In this issue...


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


Dear Reader,


Welcome to the latest issue of Education Today. 2016 has been an interesting year in education here in the UK, to put it mildly. We’ve had a high-level resignation at Ofsted, with chairman David Hoare stepping down after his ill-chosen words on the Isle of Wight. The government dropped its bill to convert all schools to academies, after previous Education Secretary Nicky Morgan had gone back on previous plans to force all schools to convert to academies, giving outstanding or good schools an opt-out – current Secretary Justine Greening went further, removing the element of compulsion for all schools, while still maintaining the government’s intention to allow schools to select academically. The consultation period for that is now coming to an end, and it will be interesting to see if a White Paper follows in the spring of 2017. Moving on to the issue – we look ahead in


our first feature to Bett 2107, the UK’s largest ed tech exhibition, and explore some of the themes of the show. In our second feature, we have a great piece on the cultural importance of film, and take a close-up look at Northern Ireland’s Moving Image Arts A- level, examining the impact the qualification has had on the students who take it. We have our regular contributors as


always, and a great line up of comment and opinion to get you talking. We also continue our section on recruitment, and have some great jobs for you this month. Finally, we continue our series on the


members of BESA (the UK trade body for suppliers to the education sector) with pieces from NFER and Timstar. Remember, you can get in touch with us


via Twitter @EdTodayMag, Facebook and our homepage, as well as by phone or email. We love hearing from you! Finally, I’d like to thank you for being with


us in 2106 and wish you a Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year.


Enjoy the issue! Jonathan Swift - Managing Editor


With VSO volunteer Pamela Hughes, and Patrick Hayes, Director at BESA 8 BESA CORNER With NFER and Timstar 12 COLUMNISTS


Insight and advice from Graham Cooper and Kirsty Bertenshaw 13-19 VIEWS & OPINION


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


With Clare Jaques and Kerri Schubert at Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham


22-24 BETT 2017 Looking at the themes for Bett 2017 26-28 CULTURAL EDUCATION


Marking 10 years of the Moving Image Arts (MIA) A-level in Northern Ireland 29-37 COMPUTING & I.T. RESOURCES


Including products and services from CMS Computers and Gratnells 38 RESOURCES Including products and services from Adviza 40-41 RECRUITMENT


Selected job opportunities from talentedteacherjobs.co.uk 42 ROUND UP


With news from School Minibus Leasing and the Education Resources Awards


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