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Robert Peston: Labour wants to cut tuition fees by a third (but can they make the sums add up?)

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston is claiming Labour may be about to announce a significant reduction to university tuition fees…

We may be about to learn how much of a constraint Labour’s promise to make no unfunded spending promises really is.

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Policies for improving schools had ‘no effect’, finds parliamentary inquiry

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that a parliamentary inquiry to be published this week will suggest the government’s flagship policies of encouraging conversion to academy status and establishing free schools have had little or no effect on improving schools…

On Wednesday, the House of Commons’ education committee is expected to offer an embarrassingly tepid verdict on the government’s academy and free school programmes, including evidence that the impact on raising school performance of its multibillion-pound converter academy programme is “inconclusive”…

Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, said in an interview with the Guardian that the government was undoing the improvements that had taken place in state schools in England through its obsession with imposing a market-based ideology in education.

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Miliband ‘silent on education’

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Sunday Times is reporting that Ed Miliband has been criticised by a former general secretary of the NUT for failing to deliver a big speech setting out a “coherent” vision for education…

The paper says that Fred Jarvis was applauded at a recent Fabian Society conference when he praised the Labour leader for talking about the importance of vocation education but said he would like to hear a major speech about education that went beyond that one subject.

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Private schools achieve greater A-level success

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Telegraph is reporting new figures that show private school pupils are continuing to outshine their state sector counterparts by a wide margin when it comes to A-level results…

Despite forming just 13.6 per cent of all A-level entries, pupils from fee-paying schools achieve nearly 30 per cent of all A* grades, raising questions over the education opportunities on offer to the vast majority of children.

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Majority of UK’s most influential had independent school education – survey

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting research that suggests more than 40% of ‘the most influential people in Britain’ went to independent school…

The Debrett’s 500 also found that around a fifth of people on the list, which is split into 24 categories, attended grammar schools, leaving just over a third who attended comprehensives…

For the latest annual list, the second to be published, Debrett’s asked people about their education background.

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Christian schools ready to defy Ofsted in court

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Sunday Times is claiming that Christian schools downgraded by inspectors may mount a legal challenge over claims that they are failing to teach tolerance towards other faiths and gay people…

In the latest stage of the dispute over faith schools, the paper reports the chair of governors at Durham Free School, John Denning, as saying “The school is in the process of taking legal advice and will take whatever action necessary to protect the interests of its pupils and their families.”

It also suggests that Sir Michael Wilshaw will defend the Ofsted when he is up before the Commons select committee on education this week on the basis of some pupils still being at risk of being radicalised.

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Boy, 6, climbed 9ft gate to run away from school

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Nottingham Post is reporting that the parents of a six-year-old boy say they are “furious” that teachers did not stop him running away from school by climbing over a 9ft gate…

Lyndsey Morris, 32, was shocked when son Lawson was found by a family friend after leaving his lessons and making the 10-minute journey home.

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Secret Teacher: Dear Ofsted, please can you send me a copy of the real rules?

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The latest Secret Teacher, writing in the Guardian, has penned a letter to ofsted saying they can’t play the game if they don’t know the rules. here’s how it starts (and ends)…

Dear Ofsted inspector,

Please can you send me a copy of the new rule book?

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Pupils in tears after being shown film with full-frontal nudity at school

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Mirror is reporting that a school has become embroiled in a nude film storm after young children were exposed to full-frontal nudity featured in a 15-rated historical slavery film…

Parents of children at Penweddig High School in Aberystwyth, west Wales, were left furious when their children came home from school in tears.

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Nicole Pisani quits top London restaurant to make school dinners

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that a top chef at one of London’s most fashionable restaurants has left her job to work in a school kitchen…

Nicole Pisani made her name as head chef at Nopi – the Soho restaurant set up by chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi…

But exhausted from the 70- to 80-hour weeks, which are the norm at top restaurants, and the challenge of managing a brigade of 15 men (women are rare), Pisani, 34, decided to leave and look for a new challenge.

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Mum feared teachers were verbally abusive to her autistic son: so she planted a bug in his clothes

Published on January 26, 2015, by

Wales Online is reporting that a tech-savvy mum bugged her disabled son’s clothing to catch out teachers she thought were using “abusive” language with him…

Christine Anne Mayor suspected staff at Ysgol Hen Felin school in Ystrad, Rhondda were verbally attacking her severely autistic son, Kyle Thomas, when he starting slapping his relatives at home.

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New Jersey teacher, 62, slammed to the floor by student, 16, because he dared to confiscate boy’s phone

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Mail is reporting that an out-of-control student got into a violent confrontation with his teacher after his phone was confiscated during class…

The ninth grade student was in the middle of a lesson being taught by his physics teacher at John F.

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‘Quota’ fears as independent schools close doors to Russian pupils

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The TES is reporting claims from the Good Schools Guide that independent schools in the UK are closing their doors to Russian and other foreign pupils for fear of being swamped…

The number of Russians in UK independent schools has tripled in the past eight years, leading to Russian families now reporting being given the cold shoulder.

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Swedish school sheds light on dark days of winter

Published on January 26, 2015, by

The Guardian has a report from a school in northern Sweden where they are attempting to raise children’s performance through use of intense electric lights…

The glass door of classroom C151 at Dragonskolan, an upper-secondary school in Umeå in Sweden’s far north, emits an eerie metallic glow.

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Today’s poll: Has Ed Miliband done enough to lay out a coherent vision for education?

Published on January 26, 2015, by

A former NUT general secretary has criticised Ed Miliband for failing to set out a coherent vision for education. Do you think he has done enough in this respect?

Today's Poll

Has Ed Miliband done enough to lay out a coherent vision for education?
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Schools asked to test-run new maths GCSEs by Ofqual

Published on January 24, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that schools in England are being asked to put pupils through extra mock maths exams after concerns were raised over the new maths GCSE…

In December, two examination boards accused a rival of offering sample maths papers that are too easy.

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Nicky Morgan: Ofsted to inspect but not judge academy chains

Published on January 24, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that Ofsted has been given the green light to take a closer look at the work of groups running chains of academies…

In a letter, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the inspectorate should be able to publish information about the performance of multi-academy trusts (MATs).

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Teacher shortage blamed on tough skills tests

Published on January 24, 2015, by

The Times is reporting claims that primary schools are facing a shortage of new teachers because many applicants are unable to complete maths and spelling skills tests before entering training…

The report suggests universities are blaming the new harder tests for an increase in vacancies on some teacher training courses and are calling for a change in the rules to allow more time for students to re-sit if they fail.

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