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Published on July 5, 2012,

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Some academy chains ‘worse for disadvantaged children’ than local authority schools

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Independent is reporting that some academy chains are “highly ineffective” in improving the prospects of disadvantaged pupils, according to new research, but with others doing much better (indeed, the same research has led to completely different interpretations across the media depending whether the focus is on the best or worst performing chains)…

The study, by the Sutton Trust education charity, finds that almost half the academy chains it surveyed failed to do better than mainstream local authority schools in getting their disadvantaged pupils to obtain five A* to C grade passes at GCSE including maths and English.

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Muslim Council of Britain rejects findings of Trojan horse report

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Guardian is reporting that the Muslim Council of Britain has warned education authorities “not to be sidetracked by culture wars initiated by divisive commentators”, as it rejected many of the findings of a government-commissioned report that found a co-ordinated effort by extreme Muslims to take over some Birmingham schools…

The MCB said the report, written by Peter Clarke, the former Met counter-terror chief, was guilty of “conflating conservative Muslim practices to a supposed ideology and agenda to Islamise secular schools”.

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Labour to tax top football clubs and betting industry to fund school sport, says Harman

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Mail is reporting that new taxes will be levied on betting and Premier League football clubs to fund more school and community sport if Labour wins power…

Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman will today insist there should be a ‘proper levy’ on top clubs’ revenue from the sale of their television rights to help develop grassroots football.

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Today’s poll: Tax football and gambling to fund school sports – good idea?

Published on July 24, 2014,

Reports suggest Labour is planning on introducing a new tax on all sports betting and a levy on money from tv rights for football clubs to help pay to reintroduce two hours of sport for every primary school child as well as grassroots football initiatives.

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Trojan Horse report criticised as ‘politically motivated offensive’

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Telegraph is reporting that the former chairman of a school trust at the centre of the Trojan Horse scandal has accused the Government and author of the report into the allegations of a “politically motivated offensive”…

Tahir Alam, who has resigned from his post as head of the Park View Educational Trust, dismissed the findings of the Peter Clarke inquiry, adding it was a report for former education secretary Michael Gove.

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Selfie sex text teens threatened with child sex charges

Published on July 24, 2014,

The BBC is reporting that young couples who send explicit pictures of each other are being threatened with prosecution under child sex laws…

Anyone under 18 “sexting” (texting sexually explicit pictures) could be committing an offence, despite 16 and 17-year-olds being legally old enough to have sex, police said.

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Council ‘gagged teachers’ from raising Trojan Horse concerns

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Telegraph is reporting that teachers forced out of schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse investigation were prevented from raising concerns about hardline Muslim takeovers because of gagging agreements…

One former staff member at a school caught up in the scandal told the BBC that compromise agreements were being routinely used by to silence teachers who were being forced out of their jobs.

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Heads suggest council’s ‘Trojan Horse’ report ‘ought to be reviewed’ after ‘trust issues’

Published on July 24, 2014,

The BBC is reporting that the council-commissioned review of the “Trojan Horse” allegations “ought to be reviewed itself”, NAHT reps have said, because witnesses were put off from giving evidence to it…

Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said Peter Clarke’s Government-commissioned report into allegations of a hardline Muslim take-over of schools was more thorough…

Peter Clarke’s report said there had been a coordinated attempt to introduce an “aggressive Islamist agenda” into some Birmingham schools and criticised the city council for not acting sooner.

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NUT celebrates Gove’s exit, but are more strikes on the way?

Published on July 24, 2014,

The TES is looking at the implications of Michael Gove’s removal from the post of education secretary on the NUT and it’s position on strike action…

Last week, thousands of striking NUT members took to the streets brandishing “Gove out!” placards.

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Britain faces ‘growing shortage’ of digital skills

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Telegraph is reporting that Britain faces a growing shortage of digital skills, while stereotypical perceptions of technology careers prevent many pupils from continuing into the digital industries, according to a report published today by the UK Digital Skills Taskforce…

Announced in November last year by Labour leader, Ed Miliband, the task force was set up with the aim of closing the skills gap in the British work force.

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Early reading ‘boosts health and intelligence later on’

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Times is reporting claims from psychologists that getting better at reading could make children more intelligent in later life…

Reading may also lead children to be healthier and more creative when they grow up, as well as boosting non-verbal reasoning, according to the authors of the study.

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Parents protest over head teacher who ‘banned mentioning Christmas and David Beckham’

Published on July 24, 2014,

According to the Telegraph, more than half the teachers at a primary school have resigned in protest at a controversial new superhead who once banned children mentioning Christmas or David Beckham because it distracted them from work…

King’s Farm Primary School in Gravesend, Kent, has around 15 teachers and 27 teaching assistants, but 25 of them have announced they will not be returning after the summer holidays.

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UK universities spending more on outreach and less on bursaries, report shows

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Independent is reporting that  Britain’s leading universities have performed a U-turn over the methods they use to attract more disadvantaged students…

University access watchdog the Office for Fair Access reveals they are cutting spending on scholarships and bursaries and putting their efforts into sending students into their schools to raise their aspirations instead,

Figures show spending on outreach work is expected to rise from £125 million to £146 million next year, while the money earmarked to support students on their courses whilst at university also goes up from £119 million to £131 million.

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School rapped for commissioning beer in centenary celebrations

Published on July 24, 2014,

The Bolton News is reporting that a school has been rapped by an alcohol watchdog after it commissioned a beer to celebrate its centenary…

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School sold the beer at a fireworks spectacular evening to mark 100 years of history and a centenary reunion for alumni in March.

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Educating Yorkshire One Year On commissioned by Channel 4

Published on July 24, 2014,

Digital Spy is reporting that Thornhill Community Academy is to welcome Channel 4′s cameras again for a one-off Educating Yorkshire documentary…

Educating Yorkshire One Year On will catch up with the students and teachers featured in the BAFTA Award-winning programme.

As the school prepares for the end of the school year and GCSE results in August, the show will revisit Mr Burton, Mr Steer, Mrs Crowther and Mrs Marsden.

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Schools face new curbs on extremism after Birmingham Trojan horse affair

Published on July 23, 2014,

The Guardian is reporting that a raft of reforms to school accountability, including an education commissioner for Birmingham, inspections of city academy chains and new oversight of school governors, were announced on Tuesday by the education secretary in response to a damning report into extremist infiltration of schools…

Nicky Morgan said that in the future teachers would be sacked without appeal if it was proven that they have failed to protect pupils or promote British values by exposing children to extremist speakers.

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‘Trojan horse’ teachers called for ‘eradication’ of homosexuality

Published on July 23, 2014,

The Telegraph is reporting that teachers in schools at the heart of the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot used a secret Whatsapp group to call for the “eradication” of homosexuals and to claim the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was staged…

The teachers, at least two of whom are still in post, used a secret social networking group to post thousands of messages which demonstrated extreme “anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli” views.

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