Education News Update: August Edition

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School’s out, but there’s still plenty of education news to report…      Schools News More than half a million primary school children in England are being taught in “super-sized” classes of over 30 pupils (Independent), new analysis of Government figures has revealed. Children in the South East and North West of the country are the worst affected, with more … Read More

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 – 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

Mental Health in Education: What’s Going On?

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The mental health and wellbeing of school and university students in the UK is one of the biggest issues currently facing our education system. But what’s really going on? Mental health and wellbeing is a huge issue, and can refer to any number of different cases. It can cover anything from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and self-harm, and can arise from … Read More

Education News Roundup – 29/09/16

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Grammar schools backlash, Brexit fears and no more homework   In yet another challenge to Theresa May’s contentious grammar schools plan, a wide-ranging study into the effects of grammar schools has found her claims of their benefits to be ill-founded. The Education Policy Institute examined GCSE results across grammar schools and good comprehensives, finding that, for bright pupils, there was … Read More