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Clegg eyes control of DfE in any coalition deal

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The TES is reporting that Nick Clegg has targeted control of the Department for Education in any coalition deals…

The Liberal Democrat leader said he wanted his party to run the DfE “on our own terms”, having spent the past five years dealing with the “zany” ideas of former education secretary Michael Gove.

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Barcelona ‘crossbow’ killing: 13-year-old schoolboy shoots dead teacher but will not face charges due to young age

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Mirror is reporting that A 13-year-old schoolboy has shot a teacher dead and injured four others, reportedly with a crossbow, but will not face charges due to his young age…

Like Ann Maguire’s killer Will Cornick, the boy who killed a teacher at a school in Barcelona [Monday] morning had a deadly hit list of targets he wanted to kill.

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Shadow Education Secretary banned from talking at school by Labour council

Published on April 21, 2015, by

ITV News is reporting that shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has slammed a Labour council after he was banned from a visiting a school…

Mr Hunt was due to speak to sixth formers at Woodbridge High school in Woodford during an election campaign trip to Ilford North.

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Small rural schools warn of closure fears because of unfunded costs

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Guardian has a report on concerns over the future viability of small rural schools because of the changes in unfunded costs they are facing…

Mark Squires, headteacher of Selside school in Cumbria, is worried about his school’s finances. Running in deficit is a problem for any school: for a small one such as his, of just 78 children, with limited financial wiggle room, it can feel like a disaster.

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Jamie Oliver: ‘Improving school food in the US could take decades’

Published on April 21, 2015, by

In an exclusive interview with TES, Jamie Oliver has suggested that improving school food in the US will take decades – but he has vowed to continue campaigning for change…

“The [situation in the US] is so structurally compromised that it is going to take decades to break that down,” Oliver said.

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Revision? Just go to the movies, teachers say

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Telegraph is reporting advice from the ASCL that pursuing activities that are unrelated to revising is crucial for students to ensure they are able to keep going through the whole of the revision period…

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of ASCL, told the Telegraph: “It’s very difficult for young people to keep going during the exam period.

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Second-generation immigrant children have an edge in academics

Published on April 21, 2015, by

Writing in the Conversation, Dr Mylien Duong of the University of Washington explains a recent study she co-authored that has looked into five decades of research on the performance of immigrants to understand differences between generations… 

A recent study reveals that second-generation immigrant students perform better in academics than the first-generation and even third-generation immigrant students.… Read the rest

 

Academy support staff take strike action over restructuring plans

Published on April 21, 2015, by

Nuneaton News is reporting that the majority of support staff at Nuneaton Academy voted in favour of strike action which is due to take place today and tomorrow over restructuring plans…

…GMB, the union which represents employees at the school, has reported that 96 per cent of members voted in favour of the industrial action.

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Catholic school that retracted job offer to head for ‘marital reasons’ gets glowing inspection report

Published on April 21, 2015, by

Wales Online is reporting that a Cardiff faith school appears to have put high-profile leadership issues behind it to secure a solid inspection report…

Corpus Christi RC High School in Lisvane, Cardiff, made national news last year when it reneged on its decision to appoint a new head teacher for unforeseen “marital reasons”…

Education watchdog Estyn said Corpus Christi had performed better than the national average in all key GCSE indicators over the past four years, with nearly all pupils having positive attitudes to learning.

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Teacher who had sex with her former pupil is banned indefinitely

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that a teacher who indulged in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old pupil, which later led to sex, has been banned from teaching indefinitely…

The ban follows a disciplinary panel finding that Joanne Clarke, 33, was guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” whilst employed at Friesland School in Sandiacre.

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Boarding school teacher planted ‘sexually motivated’ kiss on female pupil’s lips

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Mirror is reporting that a teacher at a boarding school has been banned after planting a ‘sexually motivated’ kiss on a female pupil’s lips…

Timothy Pearce-Slade, 65, walked the student home, kissed her, and told her “don’t be silly” when she protested, a professional conduct panel heard.

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Language school ditches ‘Isis’ name

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting that a leading UK English language school called “Isis” is having to change its name because of the associations with the extremist group…

A spokesman said it had become increasingly difficult to attend international language events under the Isis banner.

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Teaching assistant died after trying to climb through window after night out because he forgot keys

Published on April 21, 2015, by

The Mirror is reporting that a primary school teaching assistant died after trying to climb through an upstairs window after a night out because he forgot his keys…

Much-loved Phil Smith, 25, scaled a fence to try to get in but fell and hit his head on the ground outside his flat in Cottingham, Hull.

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Today’s poll: Has Jamie Oliver had a lasting positive impact on our school meals?

Published on April 21, 2015, by

It is apparently ten years since Jamie Oliver embarked on his mission to imporve school meals in England with the “Jamie’s School Dinners” series and much campaigning since. Would you say he has had a lasting positive impact?

Today's Poll

Has Jamie Oliver had a lasting positive impact on our school meals?
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Girls face ‘sharp rise in emotional problems’

Published on April 20, 2015, by

The BBC is reporting a study that the number of English schoolgirls at risk of emotional problems has risen sharply…

Scientists analysed questionnaires completed by 1,600 pupils aged 11-13 in 2009, comparing them with similar surveys conducted five years later.

They were “surprised” by a 7% spike in girls reporting emotional issues while boys’ answers remained fairly stable.

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Lib Dems plan to set up independent education standards authority

Published on April 20, 2015, by

The Guardian is reporting that the Liberal Democrats have set out plans to block “micro-interventions” by ministers by establishing an independent educational standards authority…

The policy is part of a five-point plan which will be outlined by the party’s leader Nick Clegg during a visit to a school in the key Lib Dem marginal seat of St Austell and Newquay, Cornwall, on Monday…

The proposed independent body would be made up of a board of education and subject-specific experts who would design the curriculum and set exam standards in each subject, keeping “the politics out of the classroom”.

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Nicky Morgan: we will help schools with pressure from immigration

Published on April 20, 2015, by

In an interview with the Telegraph, the education secretary says she has ordered a wide-ranging inquiry into the impact of immigration on schools and pledged to help teachers cope with children who do not speak English and provide more school places to meet growing demand…

The DfE inquiry, it reports, will look into how immigrant children perform academically and how schools with large numbers of immigrants cope.… Read the rest

 

Tristram Hunt: ‘Britain needs skills, skills, skills or else we’re stuffed’

Published on April 20, 2015, by

The Independent has an interview with Tristram Hunt in which he evagelises about the importants of technical and vocational skills and says he would be “delighted” if one of his children chose an apprenticeship rather than university…

Tristram Hunt, who went to private school and Cambridge, said an Education and Skills Bill would be introduced within the first 100 days of Ed Miliband’s government, to give the same prestige to vocational education as attending university.

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