Education News Weekly – 11th June, 2017

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Dangerous smartphones, a school fight club and what a hung parliament could mean for education   Election news – Guardian, Independent, BBC Well, well, well. That was exhilarating, wasn’t it? Who saw that coming, eh? Certainly, there’s a good chance the education vote swung heavily towards Labour, given Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to increase per-pupil spending by 6% over the next … Read More

Education News Weekly – 5th June, 2017

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Assaults on teachers, May’s mounting election woes and the link between drugs, alcohol and A*s     Election Update – Guardian, BBC, Independent With people heading to the polls this Thursday, and campaigning halted due to the weekend attacks in London, the race for No. 10 is getting tense…and personal.   The Guardian reports that the education funding crisis has soared … Read More

Education News Weekly – 29th May, 2017

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Election news, a GCSE paper blunder and a new Lego ‘Professor of Play’ at Cambridge.   Election catch-up – Independent, Guardian, BBC It’s been a tough week for the Conservative party, with news that their cost-cutting pledge to replace free school lunches with free school breakfasts could cost up to £400 million (Independent), according to expert analysts – or between … Read More

Education News Weekly – 22nd May, 2017

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Voter registration, the magic of rosemary and what the party manifestoes mean for education.   Election News Conservative The Guardian reports that Theresa May’s pledge to end free school lunches for infants will predominantly impact the ‘ordinary, hard-working families’ she has promised to help. It could affect as many as 900,000 children from struggling families, costing them an additional c.£440 a … Read More

Education News Weekly – 8th May, 2017

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Invisible ink in exams, the benefits of rosemary and the myth of the tutor-proof 11 plus   Exam board admits impossibility of ‘tutor-proof’ 11 plus – Telegraph Confirming what we all knew to be true for some time, a major grammar school exam board has said the 11 plus exam can “never be tutor-proof.” Bearing in mind that ‘tutor-proof’ means … Read More

Education News Weekly – 1st May, 2017

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Increased university fees (again), independent schools abroad and dealing with the education funding crisis asbestos we can.   Government permits university tuition fee hikes…again – Independent Almost all universities in England have been granted permission to increase tuition fees year-on-year, following new legislation being pushed through Parliament before the general election. Ministers claim the new legislation comes as part of … Read More

Education News Weekly – 23rd April, 2017

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General election pledges, the dangers of screen time and surprisingly happy teenagers   Labour focused on education in upcoming general election – BBC Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has put education at the centre of his campaign for the snap general election. Corbyn described education as being in crisis, specifically highlighting the Tories’ recent record on school budget cuts and growing … Read More

Education News Weekly – 16th April, 2017

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Teacher discrimination, toddler mental health and why timetabling could be the key to school success.   Mental illness affecting children as young as four – BBC The NASUWT teaching union highlighted the problems with mental health among young people, reporting symptoms in pupils as young as 4. Virtually every single one of 2,000 respondents said they’ve encountered pupils with mental … Read More

Education News Weekly – 9th April, 2017

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Term-time holidays, a lack of female headteachers and why it’s time to scrap 9 a.m. lectures.     Female headteachers under-represented in secondary schools – Independent According to new research from Nottingham University, just over a third of secondary school headteachers are female, while currently women make up around 64% of secondary classroom teachers. The paper, encompassing every secondary school … Read More

Education News Weekly – 3rd April, 2017

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Sats to be scrapped, Ofsted to snoop on parents, and the highest university tuition fees in the world.     Ofsted consider Facebook and Twitter snooping – Independent Ofsted have said they will consider snooping on the social media accounts of students and parents to find out trends about certain schools. Ofsted’s  “innovations and regulations plan” details how it could … Read More