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  • 28 october In the news today: Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar to be reinforced at secondary level, the government has launched a new teacher recruitment advert, and the NUT claims schools are wasting money on teacher supply agencies.
  • Early years attainment shows north-south divide, says think tank (27/10/2015) The IPPR think tank has published a report on the government's "northern powerhouse" scheme that suggests fewer children under 5 in the north are achieving a good level of development in the early years than those in other areas. It also links poor performance in the early years with worse GCSE results.