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First look at county's emerging £30m new secondary school

Wednesday 14th April 2021

The High School Leckhampton is being built between Farm Lane and Kidnappers LaneRead full story...

 

ADVERTORIAL: Getting your child ready to start school for the first time

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Head of Pre-Prep at Cheltenham Prep School, Rachael Buttress shares her tips to get your child ready for ReceptionRead full story...

 

Schoolchildren create Easter cards for Cheltenham elderly

Sunday 4th April 2021

Bishops Cleeve Primary School and Grangefield Primary School have brought cheer to older people throughout the areaRead full story...

 

ADVERTORIAL: Exciting times ahead for Wynstones School as it gets ready for its rebirth

Thursday 1st April 2021

The school will reopen this autumn and applications are now being taken for placesRead full story...

 

ADVERTORIAL: New principal plans to transform Wynstones School after last year's closure

Thursday 1st April 2021

The school will reopen this autumn and applications are now being taken for placesRead full story...

 

New £9.75 million Gloucestershire school given the go-ahead

Wednesday 31st March 2021

There will be places at the school for 75 pupils aged 11 to 16 years oldRead full story...

 

Cheltenham horse disqualified after arsenic finding

Monday 29th March 2021

A horse is disqualified from the Cheltenham Festival and forfeits £21,200 in prize money after a prohibited amount of arsenic is found in its system...

 

Midfielder's hopes of pro deal at Cheltenham Town remain alive

Sunday 28th March 2021

Jersey-born Gloucestershire student impressed during trial period with RobinsRead full story...

 

School boy misses weeks of school in uniform shoes row

Wednesday 24th March 2021

The pupil's parents have bought five pairs of shoes all deemed to be 'unacceptable'Read full story...

 

Mum takes boy out of school who told her to set him 'up to fail'

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Jessica Sealey said could not believe what the teachers at King's School were telling her and after he was not offered a place at the historic senior schoolRead full story...

 

Gloucestershire school sends children home after positive Covid-19

Monday 22nd March 2021

Gloucestershire County Council confirmed that a class is isolatingRead full story...

 

School confirms Covid case as students told to isolate

Thursday 18th March 2021

"I recognise that receiving this letter may be upsetting and frustrating"Read full story...

 

Cheltenham Festival organisers stand by decision to hold 2020 meet

Wednesday 17th March 2021

The British Horseracing Authority stands by its decision to hold the 2020 Cheltenham Festival...

 

Plans to close primary school for election day axed

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Pushback from the parents and school had seen council chiefs make a u-turnRead full story...

 

Another Gloucester school hit by coronavirus

Tuesday 16th March 2021

It is the fifth Gloucestershire school to confirm a coronavirus case since in-person teaching started againRead full story...

 

'Nagging threat' to new 900-pupil secondary school withdrawn

Monday 15th March 2021

The school will be the 'greenest' in the county when it fully opens in September 2022Read full story...

 

School partially closed after Covid case

Monday 15th March 2021

This is the fourth school to be partially closed in Gloucestershire in one weekRead full story...

 

Majority of pupils at school told to self-isolate at home

Monday 15th March 2021

Five year groups have been asked to stay at home for a weekRead full story...

 

Some schools see their per-pupil funding drop in a year

Monday 15th March 2021

Schools across the county saw a funding increase of less than the rate of inflation - meaning they've seen a real-terms cutRead full story...

 

Friend calls for WASPI woman who helped her work to get pension

Friday 12th March 2021

Trained nurse said she would not have been able to work if her friend had not helped during lockdownRead full story...

 

Gloucester school confirms Covid-19 case as class sent home

Friday 12th March 2021

Gloucestershire County Council confirmed the coronavirus case todayRead full story...

 

'Major' power cut closes school 'until further notice'

Thursday 11th March 2021

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for windRead full story...

 

Teachers striking for six days over pensions

Thursday 11th March 2021

Teachers at Wycliffe College claim they are being made to sign contracts that will offer them a worse pensionRead full story...

 

Covid: Women more anxious and overworked amid pandemic

Wednesday 10th March 2021

They felt more depressed and lonely, and spent more time on housework and home-schooling children...

 

Thomas Keble School parents 'devastated' by delayed return to class

Sunday 7th March 2021

Building work will take place at Thomas Keble School, delaying the return of pupils by six weeks...

 


National news archive

‘Left behind’: students respond to news that unis still won’t reopen

Wednesday 14th April 2021

Four students at English universities on why they are desperate for a return to face-to-face learning Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUniversity campuses in England will not reopen fully until mid-May at the earliest, the government has announced, leaving many students to continue remote learning for at least another month...

 

‘Left behind’: students respond to news that uni campuses won’t reopen

Wednesday 14th April 2021

Four students at English universities on why they are desperate for a return to face-to-face learning Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUniversity campuses in England will not reopen fully until mid-May at the earliest, the government has announced, leaving many students to continue remote learning for at least another month...

 

Pimlico Academy parents told: future disobedience will be punished

Wednesday 14th April 2021

Lord Nash’s letter says pupils should be warned of consequences of further protests at London schoolThe chair of the trust which runs Pimlico Academy, the London secondary school at the centre of pupil protests over allegations of race discrimination, has written a letter to parents warning that any future disobedience by pupils will result in disciplinary action...

 

LGBT homelessness: 'I had to put on a straight persona'

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Lockdown has pushed some young LGBTQ people into homelessness rather than face abuse...

 

LGBT homelessness: 'I had to pretend to be straight'

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Lockdown has pushed some young LGBTQ people into homelessness rather than face abuse...

 

Cressida Cowell: Children's Laureate leads call for £100m primary school library fund

Monday 12th April 2021

Cowell and other leading writers want yearly funding to aid primary school libraries post-pandemic...

 

Help sixth-formers make up lost learning, say UK college leaders

Monday 12th April 2021

Students who have fallen behind during pandemic should get six months to a year to repeat studies, Association of Colleges recommendsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSixth-form students should be allowed to repeat part of the year to make up for lost learning, college leaders have said, as research showed three-quarters had fallen between one and four months behind during the coronavirus pandemic...

 

Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries

Monday 12th April 2021

Current laureate Cressida Cowell leads demands to ringfence funds to renew ‘deteriorating’ facilities that fail to appeal to studentsAll of the UK’s children’s laureates, including Cressida Cowell, Quentin Blake, Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen, are uniting to call for the government to dedicate £100m a year to revitalising “deteriorating” primary school libraries across the country, amid fears that literacy levels have dropped severely during the pandemic...

 

All N. Ireland year groups return to school

Monday 12th April 2021

It is the first time all pupils in Northern Ireland have been in school since before Christmas...

 

Liverpool teacher banned over 'extensive' coursework changes

Monday 12th April 2021

John Wiseman made "significant modifications" to work sent to an exam board, a panel finds...

 

UK students: share your experiences of university during coronavirus

Monday 12th April 2021

We’d like to hear from university students about their experience during the pandemic, and any frustrations they might haveThe government’s refusal to put a date on when university students can return to campuses is putting immense strain on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, university vice-chancellors and students warned this weekend...

 

UK university students struggle with stress as uncertainty grows over return date

Sunday 11th April 2021

Failure to include campuses on Covid roadmap is leaving young people ‘in limbo’, say vice-chancellorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is putting the mental health and wellbeing of young people at risk by refusing to set a date when students can return to university campuses, university vice-chancellors and students have warned...

 

Why do my children find me so annoying? I fear it is nothing to do with lockdown | Zoe Williams

Sunday 11th April 2021

How much of teenage behaviour is due to the pandemic, and how much is garden-variety adolescence? It’s a difficult knot to tease outIn the old days, I used to follow the news pretty closely, but lately the inevitability of it being bad has turned me off, and I mainly follow dogs on social media that have got their heads stuck in things...

 

Returning pupils need a gold star, not ‘behaviour hubs’. Poor work, Mr Williamson | Tim Adams

Sunday 11th April 2021

Generosity of spirit can play a pivotal role in the classroom – perhaps someone should tell the education secretaryI went to a grammar school in which praise was, in that repressed British tradition, very strictly rationed...

 

Schools fear second grading fiasco for GCSEs and A-levels

Saturday 10th April 2021

Heads are under pressure to carry out too many assessments and use data on previous pupils’ performance, teachers warn Fears are growing over how GCSEs and A-levels will be awarded in England this summer, with headteachers under pressure to carry out an “excessive” number of assessments on students and use historical data about previous pupils’ past performance to “unjustly” suppress the grades of individual high achievers...

 

Musa Okwonga: ‘Boys don’t learn shamelessness at Eton, it is where they perfect it’

Saturday 10th April 2021

The writer and podcaster talks about his private school days, and why a system that prides itself on creating leaders is selling Britain shortRead an extract from his memoir One of Them belowIt’s 1996 in a perfectly ordinary suburb just north of Heathrow airport...

 

After a year of Covid, a behaviour crackdown is an insult to England's children | Carolyne Willow

Friday 9th April 2021

Gavin Williamson’s plan to create ‘behaviour hubs’ for schools is as dispiriting as it is predictable and unimaginativeHaving worked in children’s policy for more than two decades, I found the government call this week for a crackdown on behaviour in schools as heart-sinking as it was predictable and unimaginative...

 

Macron announces closure of elite school that hothoused French leaders

Thursday 8th April 2021

The grande école, or ENA, has been the pathway to power for top civil servants and four presidentsEmmanuel Macron has announced the closure of the École Nationale d’Administration, the elite French finishing school for the country’s leaders, where he himself studied...

 

Gavin Williamson as spineless as Pinocchio, says teachers’ leader

Thursday 8th April 2021

Robin Bevan, of National Education Union, mocks education secretary at annual conferenceThe president of the UK’s biggest teaching union has compared the education secretary to Pinocchio, saying Gavin Williamson was “limp and spineless” as he attacked him for his actions during the pandemic...

 

One in three teachers plan to quit, says National Education Union survey

Thursday 8th April 2021

Workload and diminishing respect for profession are main reasons why 35% of teachers wish to leave within five yearsOne in three teachers plan to quit the classroom within five years because of increased workload and diminishing respect for the profession, according to a major union survey...

 

Macron to close France’s elite finishing school ENA

Thursday 8th April 2021

Institution has been pathway to power for country’s elite, including four French presidentsEmmanuel Macron is expected to officially announce on Thursday the closure of the École Nationale d’Administration, the elite French finishing school for the country’s leaders where he studied...

 

Macron to close elite school that hothouses French leaders

Thursday 8th April 2021

Institution has been pathway to power for country’s elite, including four French presidentsEmmanuel Macron is expected to officially announce on Thursday the closure of the École Nationale d’Administration, the elite French finishing school for the country’s leaders where he studied...

 

Walsall NHS trust scholarship awards colleague of nurse who died of Covid

Thursday 8th April 2021

First to receive nurse training funds set up in memory of Areema Nasreen is support worker Sheila KeraiA former colleague of a 36-year-old nurse who died from Covid-19 last year has vowed to “make her proud” after being awarded a scholarship in her memory...

 

Leicester University may strip professor of title over social media barbs

Thursday 8th April 2021

Peter Armstrong, 81, has been critical of management’s financial competence and ‘bullying’ tacticsThe University of Leicester has threatened to strip an 81-year-old professor emeritus of his title after he posted comments on social media criticising the institution, which is currently facing a strike ballot over redundancies...

 

While Williamson calls for discipline, our children’s hopes crumble around them | Polly Toynbee

Thursday 8th April 2021

The education secretary’s idea of ‘behaviour hubs’ to teach other schools how to keep order shows just how little he cares“There is nothing Dickensian about a classroom that is a well-ordered, disciplined environment, where firm and fair teaching gives every child the chance to learn...

 

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