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Pupils with behavioural issues failing to meet exam benchmark

Thursday 17th October 2019

Just 1.5% with behaviour issues got grade 4s or higher in the subjects, according to dataOnly one out of every 25 pupils in schools for those with behavioural difficulties or exclusions managed to gain passes in English and maths GCSEs this year, according to national data which also shows little headway being made in improving overall exam results...

 

Manchester council urged to reject statue of 'anti-black racist' Gandhi

Thursday 17th October 2019

Students say remarks by Indian freedom fighter mean proposed sculpture would be an ‘insult’Manchester city council should reject a statue of the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi on account of his “well-documented anti-black racism”, according to student activists...

 

Chicago teachers strike stops classes for 361,000 students

Thursday 17th October 2019

Teachers plan to picket at more than 500 schools across city after negotiations between union and district leadership failedTeachers in the Chicago Public Schools system, the third-largest school district in the US, went on strike on Thursday, canceling classes for 361,000 students after protracted labor negotiations between the union and district leadership failed to produce a deal...

 

Defiant head vows to keep unregistered school open

Thursday 17th October 2019

Nadia Ali calls the pupils "happy learners" and denies the school, in south London, is breaking the law...

 

I thought I knew about feminism – then I started work in a women’s prison

Thursday 17th October 2019

I wanted to teach the inmates about female empowerment...

 

Birmingham LGBT teaching protester criticises 'imam's' claims

Wednesday 16th October 2019

The "imam from Batley" took part in a Birmingham protest despite not being invited, a court is told...

 

LGBT lessons protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam, court hears

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Mullah Bahm claimed schools had anal sex and paedophile ‘agenda’ at protest, video showsThe lead protester in the row over LGBT equality teaching has been accused of “inflaming tensions” by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration...

 

How I found my vocation: 'I was told I wasn't intelligent enough to study'

Wednesday 16th October 2019

No one at school knew about my complicated family life, but now I’m studying to be a lawyer and making my children proudI always wanted to study law, but as a teenager I was told I wasn’t smart enough...

 

Mobile phone ban in school relaxed to 'ease friction'

Wednesday 16th October 2019

A head teacher says the ban detracted from pupils' education - but other schools take a different view...

 

Child, four, among pupils taking weapons to school

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Knives, swords and machetes are among the weapons taken into school, police figures show...

 

More children caught bringing knives into school

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Knives, swords and machetes are among the weapons taken into school, police figures show...

 

Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence in college scandal

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Actor was also sentenced to a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation after pleading guiltyThe Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman – AKA prisoner no 77806-112 – reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers trying to get their children into elite schools...

 

Child gambling a 'growing problem' - study

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests...

 

Exam board AQA to pay out £1.1m over rule breaches and errors

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Watchdog’s reprimand comes after failings such as markers re-marking their own workThe exam board AQA is to pay more than £1...

 

Populism has no place in education – so stop bashing Germans and private schools | Laura McInerney

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Both Labour and the Tories’ educational policies could feed the anxious political climateWe live in complicated times...

 

When kids are threats: the assessments unfairly targeting students with disabilities

Tuesday 15th October 2019

A systemic problem in New Mexico schools turns a well-meaning evaluation into a stigma unfairly ensnaring minority groups Jamari Nelson likes action figures and video games – the “usual kid stuff,” as the 7-year-old put it...

 

Education sector yet to learn lessons of #MeToo, critics say

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Schools, universities and others in public sector urged to do more to fight sexual harassmentSexual discrimination ‘still a real issue’ in City financial firmsMore rapes being reported due to #MeToo but convictions fallingJust over three years ago, a report by the Commons women and equalities committee uncovered the alarming scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools across England...

 

Home education a 'huge undertaking for parents' - Ofsted

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Home educating is often a last resort for parents whose children have had problems at school, Ofsted says...

 

Career ambitions 'already limited by age of seven'

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Young people are often trapped by a lack of knowledge about job options, a report says...

 

Pupils being propelled out of school system 'in space of a day'

Monday 14th October 2019

Breakdown in parent-school relations is driving surge in home education, Ofsted finds Pupils in England are being propelled out of schools and into home education, sometimes in the space of a single day, with little or no discussion beforehand and often without consulting the child, according a report by the schools watchdog...

 

Court bid to stop LGBT lesson protests at Birmingham school starts

Monday 14th October 2019

City council asks high court for permanent exclusion zone around Anderton Park primaryProtests were held outside the high court on Monday over a bid to permanently ban activists against LGBT equality lessons from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school...

 

More families needed for children awaiting adoption

Monday 14th October 2019

More than twice as many children in England are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt...

 

League tables drive degree class inflation | Letter

Monday 14th October 2019

The UK has a system where universities are under pressure to award a high number of top grades, writes Prof Sue BloxhamWith reference to grade inflation (Universities launch code to address concern over degree grade inflation, 10 October), the data on the increasing numbers of upper second-class and first-class degrees shows a direct correlation with the introduction of university league tables...

 

Mentally ill students risk academic penalties for missing classes

Monday 14th October 2019

Leading British universities have no support policies in place, Guardian findsStudents missing classes because of mental health problems risk being penalised with academic sanctions at some leading British universities, while others have no standardised policies in place to help students showing signs of distress, the Guardian has found...

 

Excluded: former pupils in spotlight in play about school system

Sunday 13th October 2019

Intermission’s theatre production features youths who have experienced the consequences of isolation first-handIn a Victorian Gothic church behind Harrods in west London, a group of young people from troubled backgrounds have gathered to rehearse a play about school...

 

New London play shines light on perils of school exclusion

Sunday 13th October 2019

Intermission’s theatre production features youths who have experienced the consequences of isolation first-handIn a Victorian Gothic church behind Harrods in west London, a group of young people from troubled backgrounds have gathered to rehearse a play about school...

 

Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant

Sunday 13th October 2019

Cash-strapped councils stop financial support for clothing, pushing more parents into debtSupport offered to families to help with the cost of school uniforms has plummeted, with the vast majority unable to access any help at all, according to new analysis...

 

Why mathematicians just can’t quit their blackboards

Saturday 12th October 2019

Photographer Jessica Wynne captures the peculiar devotion of academics to working out their problems with chalkAnother year, another wave of students trampling across autumn leaves, making their way to their first lectures heady with a cocktail of excitement, apprehension and a nasty hangover...

 

Rapper Jack Grange says music releases ADHD 'anger'

Saturday 12th October 2019

Jack Grange was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety after being excluded from school...

 

Schools in deprived areas face further cuts next year, unions say

Friday 11th October 2019

Study shows extra government funding will not ease pressure in poorest parts of EnglandSchools in some of England’s most deprived areas will suffer increased budget pressures and cuts next year, despite the government’s promise of extra funding, according to analysis by teaching unions...

 

Former Chetham's headteachers accused of ignoring abuse

Friday 11th October 2019

Victims’ lawyer tells inquiry three music school bosses failed to disclose key evidenceA lawyer for some of the victims in an inquiry into child sexual abuse has attacked the evidence given by three former headteachers at a prestigious music school...

 

'It’s got out of hand': parents split after protest over Carlisle school's strict rules

Friday 11th October 2019

Police were called to heated protest by students and parents who threw missilesA secondary school in Carlisle where police were called to a protest by parents and students outside the school gates after missiles were thrown has insisted staff are working “tirelessly” to improve children’s lives...

 

One in 10 pupils removed from school rolls 'to boost GCSE results'

Thursday 10th October 2019

‘Unexplained exits’ affected 61,000 pupils taking GCSEs in 2017, ‘off-rolling’ research findsResearch into “off-rolling” from schools in England has found the scale of the problem may be worse than previously thought, with one in 10 secondary pupils removed from the rolls without explanation...

 

Student mental health: 'You'd seek help for a broken leg'

Thursday 10th October 2019

Lucinda Graham, who experienced various mental health issues, wants others to speak out and seek help...

 

Prince Harry questions future of exams during school visit

Thursday 10th October 2019

The Duke of Sussex says he did not know if exams had a future during a school visit in Nottingham...

 

LGBT teaching row: Government issues advice on handling school protests

Wednesday 9th October 2019

The leaked document advises councils on handling disruption over the teaching of LGBT relationships...

 

Two-thirds of UK universities bring in sexual consent training – report

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Universities UK welcomes findings but says more work needed to prevent racial harassment Universities in the UK have made progress in dealing with sexual harassment on campus, with nearly two-thirds introducing consent training for students, according to a survey of almost 100 institutions...

 

UK universities 'making progress on tackling sexual harassment'

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Universities UK welcomes findings but says more work needed to prevent racial harassment Universities in the UK have made progress in dealing with sexual harassment on campus, with nearly two-thirds introducing consent training for students, according to a survey of almost 100 institutions...

 

How I found my vocation: 'As a black, deaf student, I work 10 times harder'

Tuesday 8th October 2019

I was told I wouldn’t be able to go to university, but I used that frustration to fuel my studies I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black...

 

Nobel peace prize nomination for schools breaking Northern Ireland’s barriers

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Integrated schooling is getting international recognition, decades after it started at the height of the TroublesHazelwood Integrated primary school in North Belfast is a symbol of efforts to bring together a divided city...

 

Just imagine if your school had seen a 5% annual funding rise since 2010, like the Labour years | Fiona Millar

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Boris Johnson’s promise to boost funding won’t even return schools to where they were in 2010Sick of the slogan, Get Brexit Done? The new Conservative party mantra will almost certainly infuriate or seduce, depending on your view about the EU referendum...

 

How do you breathe less pollution on school run?

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Going on foot, by bike or by car? Three Sheffield families took part in a test to find out...

 

Families lose high court challenge over special needs funding

Monday 7th October 2019

Action said government budget decisions left councils unable to educate children with SendFamilies who launched a landmark legal challenge to the government’s funding of services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost their high court case...

 

High Court to rule on special-needs funding challenge

Monday 7th October 2019

The legal action has been brought by three children with special educational needs and disabilities...

 

Kongthong: The Indian village where babies get a song for a name

Sunday 6th October 2019

In this Indian village, mothers give their children a unique tune and it becomes their "name" for life...

 

Empty nest syndrome: The unexpected grief

Saturday 5th October 2019

Parents whose children have left home question why no-one told them it would hurt so much...

 

'You could be Dina': teach children physical literacy, says Sport England

Saturday 5th October 2019

Successes of athletes such as Asher-Smith is inspiring but take-up of activity is more complexChildren should be taught “physical literacy” in the same way they learn to read and write if the gold medal successes of athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are to translate into more people getting active, the head of the body tasked with increasing sporting uptake in England has said...

 

Science and language teachers to get £9,000 'staying on' bonus

Friday 4th October 2019

Those who work in English state schools for four years after training will be eligible for paymentsNew science and modern languages teachers in England will receive “staying on” bonuses of up to £9,000 from next year, as the government announced a fresh round of trainee bursaries and scholarships on the heels of pre-election pay rises and increased school funding...

 

Supreme court chief's jibe at PM: let's hear it for the girly swots

Friday 4th October 2019

Lady Hales appears to mock Boris Johnson’s language at girls’ school association eventThe president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, has delivered a public rallying crying for “girly swots” in remarks that appeared directly aimed at the prime minister...

 

Support for children with special educational needs 'in crisis'

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Ombudsman finds families face delays of up to 90 weeks and complaints are at record levelsServices for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are in crisis, with families experiencing delays of up to 90 weeks and complaints at record levels, according to the local government and social care ombudsman...

 

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