Black students more likely to be incorrectly put in lower ability maths set, new research finds
Independent | September 2018
Black students are two-and-a-half times more likely than white pupils to be wrongly placed in a lower ability set for maths, new research has found. Secondary schools should consider reducing the use of setting and streaming as there are “risks” with the practice, researchers from UCL Institute of Education and Queen’s University Belfast said. According to an unpublished research paper seen by the education magazine Tes, black pupils were 2.54 times more likely to be misallocated to a lower set in maths, compared with white pupils. Meanwhile, almost a third (31.1 per cent) of pupils were placed in maths sets that were either higher or lower than their results at the end of primary school would have warranted.
Exclusive: British international schools told to stop DBS checks
Tes | 6th September 2018
International schools’ chief describes clampdown on institutions requesting checks as ‘disappointing’ and ‘frustrating’
British international schools have been told they can no longer request standard or enhanced criminal records checks for teachers they wish to recruit. The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) has historically processed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on behalf of its members. But the DBS has said that this is unlawful and must stop, because checks can only be made on behalf of organisations based in England or Wales. COBIS chief executive officer Colin Bell described the news as “disappointing” in a message to members.
DBS checks for schools ‘put safety first’
He added: “COBIS is committed to reducing risk to children and people worldwide, Therefore, the association is frustrated that the UK Home Office can no longer offer this vital service, which puts safety first, to British schools overseas.”
Women apprentices ‘get less money’
Tes | 7th September 2018
Careers advice is vital in tackling the pay disparity between female and male apprentices, say researchers.
Men are more likely to earn more after starting an apprenticeship than women, new research by the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) shows. The research, published by academics at the London School of Economics’ CVER, considered earnings data for around 565,000 students who left compulsory education in 2002-03, as well as the Labour Force Survey. Authors Chiara Cavaglia, Guglielmo Ventura and Sandra McNally concluded that while most people do indeed gain from doing an apprenticeship, the extent of this gain varies significantly and depends very much on age and gender. Those with most to gain tend to be male, as well as those who start their apprenticeship at a younger age.