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League tables branded a ‘nonsense’ by private schools

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that many of England’s top private secondaries expect to be at the bottom of the school league tables following confusion over IGCSEs…

School leaders dismissed this year’s tables as a “nonsense”, with many schools “caught unawares” by a shift in which qualifications are recognised.

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Ofsted chief tells MPs there was homophobic behaviour at Durham Free School

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The Chronicle is reporting that Ofsted’s chief has confirmed that bigoted behaviour at a North free school helped in the decision to close it down…

Sir Michael Wilshaw told a committee of MPs on Wednesday that there was homophobic behaviour shown by children at Durham Free School when the school was inspected last year.

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Trojan Horse schools still at risk and struggle to recruit staff: Wilshaw

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that Sir Michael Wilshaw has told MPs schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are struggling to recruit staff…

Claims that hard-line Muslims tried to gain control of the schools have led to “big problems about leadership and staffing”, said Sir Michael Wilshaw.

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Exam boards stick to science plans despite government criticism

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that Ofqual and England’s exam boards have shrugged off criticism by Nicky Morgan of their plan to stop practical science from counting towards school exam grades and are insisting that teachers are “enthusiastic” about the idea…

…Ofqual was sticking to its guns today over the science proposals, stating that they were “designed to invigorate the hands-on learning experience of students and equip them for a future in science”.

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Teachers’ summit in Cardiff to tackle maths performance in schools in Wales

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that maths teachers from across Wales have been brought together in a bid to improve pupil performance…

The Mathematics for Life conference is tackling what is seen as the weakest of the core subjects taught in Wales.

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Poor children segregated on to ‘pupil premium tables’, Ofsted claims

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that Ofsted has criticised some schools for grouping disadvantaged children together on so-called “pupil premium tables” in classrooms…

The practice was revealed by Sean Harford, the inspectorate’s national director for schools policy, during an education select committee hearing this morning…

He said: “What we don’t want…is some practice I have heard where in some primary schools they are putting their pupil premium children on a table so they have a pupil premium group; that is not going to drive those children to achieve better, frankly.”

He said similar practices were also taking place in secondary schools…

“Expecting teachers to put them on a table so they can identify them just in case we turn up, for example, is wrong,” he added.

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Brighton head condemns government for excluding gay rights from ‘British values’ push

Published on January 29, 2015, by

Pink News is reporting that the headteacher of a leading independent school in Brighton has criticised the government for failing to include gay rights in its push to promote ‘British values’ in schools…

The head of Brighton College, Richard Cairns, will tell a conference tomorrow that plans to promote ‘British values’ after the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham should have done more to challenge homophobia.

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Porn fills the gaps left by sex education, say young people

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that a new survey suggests the majority of teenagers are turning to porn to fill the gaps left by their sex-education lessons…

Almost two-thirds of young people have used pornography to find out more about sex, and two-fifths say that it has helped them to understand sex.

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Guest post: New ‘Welly Beat’ musical challenge aims to deliver national curriculum goals in an entertaining way while helping children overseas

Published on January 29, 2015, by

Emma de Ujfalussy is the volunteer communications director for a small charity called Angels which supports children in South Africa and has partnered with a leading children’s presenter to create a musical challenge for UK primary school children that helps deliver National Curriculum goals in a truly innovative way…

I am a passionate believer in the right of every child to an education and the opportunity of every child to make the best of themselves.

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Parents’ anger at ‘lazy’ secondary school after pupils are ordered to wear name badges to class

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting that parents have branded a secondary school as ‘lazy’ after it ordered its pupils to wear name badges to class…

Cambourne Village College, which opened in Cambridgeshire two years ago and has 317 pupils, introduced tags to help children get to know each other, manage behaviour and help teachers.

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School roads ban for Oxford fast food sellers

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that fast-food vans have been banned from operating near schools in Oxford…

Oxford City Council has passed a new street trading policy which stops street traders in the city selling food within 100m (328ft) radius of schools.

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Head of art who began a lesbian affair with a teenage pupil is banned from teaching for life

Published on January 29, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting that the head of art at a prestigious grammar school who began a lesbian affair with a teenage pupil has been banned from teaching for life…

Debbie Evans, 55, who taught at South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury for 23 years, struck up a sexual relationship with the girl in 2011, after the teenager fell ill at school and she supported her.

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Eccles Hall School: David Tuohy sex abuse trial told of ‘spanking obsession’

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The BBC is reporting that a court has been told a former head master “obsessed with spanking” carried out sex attacks at a Norfolk school…

David Tuohy, 83, who now lives in Oxford, took charge of Eccles Hall, a special school, in the 1970s.

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Today’s poll: Do the schools caught up in Trojan horse investigations deserve extra government funding?

Published on January 29, 2015, by

Sir Michael Wilshaw has told MPs the schools caught up in last year’s Trojan horse investigation should receive extra government funding to help them recruit high quality teachers and leadership in order to stop the problems re-emerging. Do you agree with this suggestion?

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British lessons in primary schools will protect UK from terrorism, says Nicky Morgan

Published on January 28, 2015, by

The Telegraph is reporting that the education secretary has said teaching every schoolchild in the country about British values is as important as Maths and English and will protect UK from terror attacks…

…In a speech at the thinktank Politeia, Mrs Morgan: “No school should be exempt from promoting fundamental British values, just as no school should be exempt from promoting rigorous academic standards.”

Mrs Morgan made an explicit link between indoctrinating primary school children and the attacks by Muslim terrorists on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris earlier this month.

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Nicky Morgan calls for Ofqual U-turn on scrapping science practicals

Published on January 28, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that the education secretary has called for practical science experiments to be retained as part of GCSE and A-level exam grades in England after publicly rebuking the exams regulator Ofqual…

In a strongly worded speech at the Politeia thinktank in London, Nicky Morgan said that dropping practical lab work from both A-level and GCSE results would harm the next generation of scientists.

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Top university ‘not a destination for many schools’

Published on January 28, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting data that suggests hundreds of schools and colleges in England do not send any students on to the UK’s top universities…

Figures suggest more than 1,600 did not have any pupils going to Oxford or Cambridge and about 335 sent none to a Russell Group university.

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Black and Asian school-leavers more likely to go to university than their white peers

Published on January 28, 2015, by

The Guardian, in its report on the latest government destination data, says black and Asian young people leaving school are more likely to go to university than their white counterparts, raising ‘fresh concerns about educational underachievement among white pupils’…

Of youngsters educated in the state sector, 64% of Asian students and 62% of black students went on to higher education in 2012-13, compared to just 45% of white students.

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