News Roundup

Our round up news begins with the sad story that former schools inspector, Sir Chris Woodhead, passed away earlier this week, aged 68. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease for the past 9 years. According to the BBC, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan described him as an “immense figure in the world of education”.

Pressures on schools and teachers increase further from next week, when the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 comes into force. The Act puts a statutory duty on schools to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” This Guardian article tells you more about what this means for your school.

This won’t be news for most readers of this site, but new studies reveal that Teaching is among the ‘top three most stressed occupations’. Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at the University of Manchester’s business school and a former government adviser on well-being, said, “teachers are in the top three most stressed occupations… The hours are long and antisocial, the workload is heavy and there is change for change’s sake from various governments.”  Read the full article, via the TES website.