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Homes for sale within easy reach of schools – in pictures

Friday 22nd October 2021

From a terrace home opposite a girls’ grammar school to a coach house close to a primary school Continue reading...

 

Deprived schools in England ‘getting less money after funding overhaul’

Friday 22nd October 2021

Commons report says changes have resulted in per-pupil funding increasing for better-off schoolsMinister are being urged to pause their education funding reforms after it emerged they have resulted in less money for the most deprived schools and more for the better off, according to a parliamentary report...

 

Sex education: Could consent classes help end harassment?

Thursday 21st October 2021

Sex education is compulsory in England's secondary schools, while primary schools teach about relationships...

 

Sex and relationship lessons ‘help pupils feel safe’

Thursday 21st October 2021

Sex education is compulsory in England's secondary schools, while primary schools teach about relationships...

 

English schools must not teach ‘white privilege’ as fact, government warns

Thursday 21st October 2021

Comments ahead of new guidance ‘simplistic and unhelpful’, say teaching unionsEnglish schools should not teach “contested theories and opinions … such as white privilege” as fact, the government has said prior to the publication of new guidance outlining how teaching certain political issues could break the law...

 

Covid disruption could cost pupils in England up to £46,000, finds report

Thursday 21st October 2021

Blow to lifetime earnings would affect students in north and Midlands worst, says thinktankCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePupils in England whose learning has been severely disrupted by the pandemic could lose up to £46,000 in lifetime earnings, costing the economy hundreds of billions of pounds, without additional government investment, according to research...

 

Schools should stay open as greatest risk of Covid transmission is in households, research finds

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Family vaccination is key to preventing symptoms in children, an analysis of the Delta variant spread in education settings showsDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingDespite Delta being more transmissible than earlier Covid-19 variants, in Australia few children and adolescents who get the virus have severe symptoms, and schools should only be closed under exceptional circumstances, a research analysis from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found...

 

Social mobility tsar wants campaign against toddlers having mobile phones

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Katharine Birbalsingh says she wants to educate parents that the devices will make reading harder for childrenThe government’s new social mobility commissioner has told MPs she wants to launch a nationwide campaign telling parents not to give their toddlers a mobile phone to play with because it will make reading harder for them later on...

 

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Tuesday 19th October 2021

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in TexasI’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with “opposing views”...

 

Back to school: How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England...

 

How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England...

 

‘Distracting’: Tasmanian Catholic schoolgirls forced to kneel and have skirts measured

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Marist Regional College in Burnie forced to apologise after complaints from parents over ‘outdated’ and ‘humiliating’ incident Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingA Tasmanian Catholic secondary school has been forced to issue an apology after a group of year 8 students were instructed to kneel down to have their skirts measured, because their dress length was “distracting” male teachers and students...

 

Tasmanian Catholic school teacher claims girls’ skirts ‘distracting’ male teachers and students

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Marist Regional College forced to apologise after year 8 girls taken from class to have skirt lengths measuredGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA Tasmanian Catholic secondary school has been forced to issue an apology after a group of year 8 students were instructed to kneel down to have their skirts measured, because their dress length was “distracting” male teachers and students...

 

Netflix Squid Game schools warning sent to parents

Monday 18th October 2021

A council tells parents some schoolchildren are "aggressively" replicating the TV thriller's games...

 

ICO to step in after schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Privacy campaigners raise concerns after nine schools in North Ayrshire scan faces of pupils to take paymentsThe Information Commissioner’s Office is to intervene over concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

The Guardian view on biometric technology in schools: watch closely | Editorial

Monday 18th October 2021

Sellers of facial recognition software would like it to be seen as a useful tool...

 

ICO to intervene after UK schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Privacy campaigners raise concerns after nine schools in North Ayrshire scan faces of pupils to take paymentsThe Information Commissioner’s Office is to intervene over concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

Privacy fears as schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Nine schools in North Ayrshire begin using technology to take payments, with others in UK expected to followPrivacy campaigners have raised concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

Wales launches drive to keep young people in their homeland

Monday 18th October 2021

Economy minister tells of ‘significant challenge’ of retaining and attracting talent to support country’s economyThe Welsh government is launching a drive to persuade more young people to remain in their homeland amid growing concerns that the percentage of working-age citizens is dropping to worryingly low levels...

 

‘You have to go where the work is’: why young people are leaving Wales

Monday 18th October 2021

Wales is asking its young people to stay and work. Many want to, but there are concerns about lack of opportunityStudents Kyle Davies and Timothy Bird were to be found working on a jet engine in the aerospace centre at the University of South Wales’ Treforest campus, just south of Pontypridd...

 

England to open walk-in Covid clinics for children aged 12-15 within weeks

Sunday 17th October 2021

Move to speed up vaccinations follows rising infection rates in secondary schoolsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWalk-in vaccine clinics for 12- to 15-year-olds are expected to be launched in England within weeks, to stem rising rates of Covid-19 infections within secondary schools...

 

English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

Sunday 17th October 2021

Bedfordshire safeguarding team issues warning after reports children are copying Netflix show’s violent challengesA council in the south of England has advised parents not to let their children watch the Netflix show Squid Game, after reports children as young as six are copying its violent challenges...

 

Why battles over race and sex now take centre stage at UK drama schools

Sunday 17th October 2021

Britain has long been seen as a crucible of performing excellence, but new issues have come to the fore in our stage schools...

 

Concern over jab delay for pupils in England as age group cases soar

Sunday 17th October 2021

With schools struggling to vaccinate before winter arrives, ministers are urged to allow children to receive vaccines at different venues• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are facing demands to allow younger teenagers to attend Covid vaccination centres, amid concerns that jab rates among this age group are three times lower in England than Scotland...

 

I’ve got an unskilful feeling about this headteacher’s new policy | David Mitchell

Sunday 17th October 2021

Julian Murphy’s attempt to redefine ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour is obviously well meaning but won’t survive for a second in the playgroundDr Julian Murphy has had a successful week...

 

Viva la vulva: why we need to talk about women’s genitalia

Saturday 16th October 2021

Ignorance about the basic biology of vulvas is still shockingly high – yet there are huge health benefits, physical and emotional, to be won with better understandingIf you have a vulva between your legs, could you identify the seven separate structures in a mirror? If your partner has a vulva, can you identify theirs?For over half the population, the vulva is a significant part of their body; an exit and an entrance, a site of pleasure and, often, pain, that speaks to core human function and need...

 

Life keeps getting in the way of my quest to turn my family into robots | Emma Brockes

Saturday 16th October 2021

Dinner, bath, book, bedtime: every school year we stick to the timetable for a few days...

 

‘Give people money and they’re no longer poor, it’s not rocket science’: Sammy Wright of the Social Mobility Commission

Saturday 16th October 2021

Deputy headteacher from Sunderland – and new novelist – on levelling up and his advice to the incoming head of the commissionTwo teenagers are curled up on a sofa, asleep in each other’s arms...

 

Campus in the spotlight: how Sussex became focus of row over trans rights

Saturday 16th October 2021

What started as protest calling for a lecturer to be sacked has evolved into a fraught debate over academic freedom and student safetyOn a sunny autumn morning on the campus of Sussex University this week, there was little evidence of the turbulence that has engulfed the institution, its students and staff in recent days...

 

Tory austerity caused misery – and now they want to make it worse | Polly Toynbee

Friday 15th October 2021

Even though the human cost of a cruel policy has been confirmed, expect another turn of the screw next weekDeaths are what can be counted most easily – bodies can’t be hidden from the statisticians or denied by those responsible for the figures...

 

Betty Wood obituary

Friday 15th October 2021

My friend and mentor Betty Wood, who has died of cancer aged 76, was a Cambridge academic and a historian of the study of slavery, gender, and religion in the Atlantic world...

 

Early 2000s baby boom will soon flood UK universities, warns former Tory minister

Friday 15th October 2021

Expansion in education must be funded to avert young people getting stuck in low-paid work, says David WillettsThe UK’s baby boom of the early 2000s is about to flood universities and colleges with tens of thousands more school leavers every year, according to the former universities minister David Willetts...

 

The polarised debate on transgender and women’s rights | Letters

Thursday 14th October 2021

Readers respond to an article by Susanna Rustin on balancing the views of trans activists and gender-critical feministsI saw a tweet to Susanna Rustin’s article (My hope for a more open discussion of women’s and trans rights is fading, 13 October) from the MP Jess Phillips...

 

Liverpool teacher shortlisted for $1m global teacher prize

Thursday 14th October 2021

David Swanston, who has pioneered new ways of teaching sports to visually-impaired children, is in final shortlist of 10 for awardA UK PE teacher who has pioneered new ways of teaching sports to visually impaired children at a special needs school in Liverpool has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious global teacher prize...

 

New GCSE subjects launched as part of Welsh overhaul

Thursday 14th October 2021

Engineering and manufacturing, along with film and digital media, will be taught from 2025...

 

Pupil abuse in special school secure rooms filmed on CCTV

Thursday 14th October 2021

An investigation has been launched into 'organised abuse' in a special school in London...

 

New GCSE subjects launched as part of Welsh overhaul

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Engineering and manufacturing, along with film and digital media, will be taught from 2025...

 

The UK government’s skills bill is a disaster for young people | David Blunkett and Kenneth Baker

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Ministers are trying to sneak through a cull of post-16 qualifications...

 

Muslim foreign ministers to make women’s rights plea to Taliban

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Ministers from Muslim-majority nations to travel to Kabul to discuss ban on girls going to secondary schoolForeign ministers from several Muslim-majority countries are planning to go to Kabul in part to urge the Taliban to recognise that the exclusion of women and girls from education is a distortion of the Islamic faith...

 

A moment that changed me: Patrick Stewart on the teacher who spotted his talent – and saved him

Wednesday 13th October 2021

I skipped the 11-plus and was failing at school. Then I met Cecil Dormand, the extraordinary English teacher who transformed my life for everI never sat my 11-plus...

 

Back to school: How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Students and staff in various parts of England are being asked to wear face coverings again...

 

A boy wrote about his suicide attempt. He didn’t realize his school’s Gaggle software was watching

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Round-the-clock surveillance of students’ accounts raises tricky privacy concerns...

 

Two people sentenced for running unregistered school in London

Monday 11th October 2021

Second convictions for Nadia Ali, headteacher of Ambassadors Home school in Streatham, and her fatherA headteacher and her father have been sentenced for the second time for running an illegal unregistered school in south London after a crackdown by the schools watchdog Ofsted...

 

Children locked in rooms at youth prison up to 23 hours a day – report

Monday 11th October 2021

Damning report on Oakhill secure training centre in Milton Keynes identifies ‘widespread failings’ Children being held in a privately-run prison have been locked in their rooms for up to 23 hours a day in uncomfortably hot conditions, according to a damning report by three inspectorates...

 

The Guardian view on social mobility: don’t turn it into a culture war | Editorial

Monday 11th October 2021

It is not clear that Katherine Birbalsingh’s achievements as a headteacher have equipped her to address entrenched inequalityAt least the government knows that it has a social mobility problem...

 

American schools gave kids laptops during the pandemic. Then they spied on them | Jessa Crispin

Monday 11th October 2021

According to one survey, 81% of teachers in America said their schools monitor devices...

 

Periods and low confidence put some girls off sport

Monday 11th October 2021

The Youth Sports Trust charity wants girls to have a greater say over PE in schools...

 

UK’s ‘strictest’ headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh made social mobility chief

Sunday 10th October 2021

Opponent of woke culture who founded outstanding London free school takes government appointmentThe headteacher of a school dubbed the strictest in Britain who has attacked “woke culture” has been appointed as the government’s new Social Mobility Commissioner...

 

Devon teenagers inspire English schools with mental health resources

Sunday 10th October 2021

Spark UK was formed by four children who have developed lesson plans, newsletters and videosThey are busy studying for GCSEs and A-levels but four teenagers from Devon have also found time to develop lesson plans, newsletters and videos on mental health that are being used by schools across England...

 

Pick the wrong degree and even wedding bells are less likely | Torsten Bell

Sunday 10th October 2021

University courses not only determine what you’ll earn, but who you’ll end up marrying, if at allYou’ve got to choose carefully what you study at university because the subject determines what you go on to earn...

 

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