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University entrants: Record 500,000 started courses in 2014 (and gender gap widest ever)

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting that figures from Ucas indicate the number UK university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time in 2014, with women still more likely to enter higher education than men…

Among 18-year-olds, 34% of women were allocated university places, compared with 26% of men.

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Real Madrid and Lidl: recommended topics for A-level languages

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that Real Madrid, French rap music and Germany’s Aldi and Lidl supermarkets are among the topics that university academics have recommended for study in new “academically rigorous” foreign language AS- and A-levels…

The subject areas are listed in suggestions for individual project work from the A-level content advisory board (Alcab), made up of university academics and other subject experts.

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Boys ‘held back by reluctance to write at home’

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The BBC is reporting research from the National Literacy Trust that suggests boys’ reluctance to write outside school could be hampering their chances of fulfilling their potential…

Research among 30,000 eight- to 16-year-old pupils finds a third of boys never or rarely write for fun outside class, compared with 18% of girls.

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Teacher who hit boy, six, over head with ruler acquitted of assault

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Telegraph is reporting that a female primary school teacher who hit a six-year-old pupil on the head with a ruler in class has been cleared of assault…

Rina Khan, 41, was accused of smashing the child with the ruler so hard it broke as punishment for getting a question wrong during a maths lesson.

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Decisions following consultation on AS and A level subjects

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The DfE is reporting that Ofqual has confirmed the assessment arrangements for AS and A level subjects including modern foreign languages, maths and geography…

The decisions follow a consultation on assessment arrangements for reformed qualifications which will be taught for the first time in 2016.

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Have free school meals meant less money for pupils?

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The BBC has produced a video report looking at the universal free school meals programme for infants and asking whether it is affecting pupil premium registrations – and hence funding – in schools…

An extra 1.3 million pupils and 85% of infant children in England are eating a free school lunch, the government says.

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This is a good time to aim high with university choice, pupils told

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Times is reporting that the head of Ucas is advising sixth-formers to be more ambitious when choosing universities and apply for courses with tougher entry requirements…

The report says figures show that as well as record numbers of offers being made (see University entrants: Record 500,000 started courses in 2014 (and gender gap widest ever), many selective courses have dropped entry tariffs by about one A-level grade following the removal of the limits on numbers.

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Gordon Brown: We need Red Cross protection for all our schools

Published on December 19, 2014, by

Writing in the Guardian, former prime minister Gordon Brown says that after the horror of Peshawar, the world must ensure that classrooms never become instruments of war. This is an extract..

..The Taliban want this one cowardly assault to strike so much fear into schoolchildren that no Pakistani child who sits in front of a teacher in a classroom anywhere will ever again feel safe.

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Governors axed at Wolverhampton’s ‘worst’ primary school

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Express and Star is reporting that the board of governors at Wolverhampton’s worst-rated primary school has been booted out by council bosses after Ofsted branded it ‘not fit for purpose’…

Governors at Palmers Cross Primary School in Tettenhall, were relieved of their duties as part of the fallout from a critical visit from the watchdog in June.

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Schoolboy put in isolation because his hair is too short – by 4.5 millimetres

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Mirror is reporting that a schoolboy is being forced to learn alone after the head teacher at Samuel Ryder Academy in St Albans ruled his haircut was too short – by 4.5 millimetres…

Anthony Mousiou, 12, has been pulled out of class on two separate occasions and told he must have lessons in isolation after teachers said his short back and sides was a grade too short.

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Police arrest man after air gun allegedly fired at Dorset school ground staff

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Guardian is reporting that police have arrested a man after shots were reportedly fired at ground staff near a school in Dorset…

Staff and children at Highcliffe school, Christchurch, were kept inside the building briefly on Thursday afternoon after the alarm was raised.

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School’s chairman of governors quits after taking his children out of lessons to see Santa in Lapland

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The Telegraph & Argus is reporting that a chairman of governors at a Bradford primary school has been forced to quit after taking his daughter out of lessons to go on a three-day holiday to see Santa Claus in Lapland…

Steve Ockerby has resigned from the board of governors at Shibden Head Primary Academy in Queensbury, in the face of fierce criticism from many parents at the school after family pictures of the trip were posted on social networking site Facebook.

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Today’s poll: Should we be concerned over the growing university gender gap?

Published on December 19, 2014, by

The latest figures from Ucas suggest the gender gap between the numbers of girls and boys going to university is the highest ever, having grown from parity 20 years ago. Should we be concerned?

Today's Poll

Should we be concerned over the growing university gender gap?
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Workload action plan to be published in just six weeks

Published on December 18, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has committed to publishing an “action plan” in January to detail how the government intends to lighten teachers’ workloads, despite having more than 40,000 submissions to wade through…

The education secretary used a live phone-in on Monday to pledge that her department would produce a detailed response to teachers’ workload woes within just six weeks…

…Ms Morgan said she did not want to pre-empt the consultation before every response had been looked at, but said a plan was forthcoming.

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One in five children in some areas are shunning Nick Clegg’s free school meals in favour of packed lunches

Published on December 18, 2014, by

The Mail is reporting official figures that suggest one in five children in some areas are shunning Nick Clegg’s free school meals in favour of packed lunches…

Almost 300,000 four to seven-year-olds across the country are failing to claim their free meal amid concerns over the quality of lunches at some schools.

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Pakistan school attack: Brave teacher torched by Taliban terrorists after ”over my dead body” vow

Published on December 18, 2014, by

The Mirror is reporting that a survivor of Pakistan’s school massacre has told how a teacher was burned alive as she tried to protect her pupils…

Showing superhuman courage Afsha Ahmed yelled at Taliban fanatics who had stormed the compound they would only harm her children “over my dead body”.

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Crewe school’s scathing attack on Ofsted

Published on December 18, 2014, by

The Crewe Chronicle is reporting that a local school has launched an unprecedented attack on Ofsted claiming inspectors who failed it did not look at evidence to show it was improving and had ‘half-written the report’ before they arrived….

King’s Grove School has been placed in special measures after inspectors who visited last month deemed it inadequate.

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Ofsted urged to stop inspections in the week before Christmas

Published on December 18, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that a campaign has been launched calling for Ofsted to cancel inspections in the week before Christmas or the end of the school year…

The petition was started by parent Emily Hatch after an inspection began yesterday – three days before the end of term – at Poulner Junior School in Hampshire.

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