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Published on July 5, 2012,

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AS-level exams ‘devalued’ in university admissions shake-up

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Telegraph is reporting that UCAS proposes to cut the number of tariff points for AS-levels in a reform of the admissions system, prompting claims that more schools will drop the qualification…

A new points system drawn up by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) proposes cutting the value of the AS exam sat in the first 12 months of the sixth-form. (more…)

 

70 per cent of free schools not filled two years after opening, Labour claims

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Independent is reporting new research from the Labour Party suggesting that 70 per cent of free schools were still not full two years after their opening and that as a result the Government is funding free schools for 1,500 more pupils than are actually attending…

In addition, the party cites a National Audit Office report which claims that two thirds of free school places were not in an area in most need of primary school places at a time when official estimates say an extra 240,000 places are needed by this September, as a boom in the birth rate works its way into schools. However, officials from the Department for Education denied this. (more…)

 

‘Trojan Horse’ probe schools named

Published on April 24, 2014,

The BBC is reporting that a list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies has been published…

Birmingham City Council, which is carrying out an inquiry into the allegations, has made public a list of 18 schools Ofsted has inspected. (more…)

 

Early years education must be an election priority, say campaigners

Published on April 24, 2014,

The TES is reporting that an alliance of early years organisations has sent a letter to the three main party political leaders calling on them to prioritise the needs of young children in their election manifestos…

The 10 groups, including Early Education and the Pre-School Learning Alliance, say current policies for preschool children are “developmentally inappropriate”. (more…)

 

Headteacher apologises after personal pupil details emailed to every student

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Falmouth Packet is reporting that the headteacher at Penryn College has apologised “unreservedly” after students personal details were accidentally emailed out to other pupils in the school…

The school realised its error almost immediately and tried to recall the emails but the technical process took almost 30 minutes, during which time a small number of pupils opened the attached document. (more…)

 

Guest post: Roy Blatchford – Two Minute Leadership Tips for Schools (with free book giveaway!)

Published on April 24, 2014,

Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust and author/editor of 150 books, the latest of which is called The Restless School and considers what successful schools and their leaders have in common. In this guest post he gives his best shot at leadership tips distilled into two minutes…

A celebrated French general was once tactlessly asked, after a famous victory, if it hadn’t really been won by the second-in-command. (more…)

 

Headteachers’ union to open ranks to middle tier of school leadership

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Guardian is reporting that the biggest headteachers’ union in England and Wales is to launch a new offshoot which will extend its reach into school classrooms by opening its ranks to the middle tier of school leadership…

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) will launch the new union NAHTEdge in September. Members of the new union will be concurrent members of the NAHT and receive the same benefits, although NAHTEdge will be managed separately. (more…)

 

Savings from increase in university tuition-fees ‘highly uncertain’ says IFS

Published on April 24, 2014,

The BBC is reporting a new study that says the public impact of higher university fees and loans is “highly uncertain” and depends on how much future graduates will earn…

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report says ministers will not know for decades whether their higher education funding shake-up will save money… (more…)

 

Number of pupils at independent schools surpasses pre-crash level

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Guardian is reporting that figures from the latest census in independent schools suggesting more pupils are attending fee-paying schools now than at the start of the economic downturn in 2008…

There are 511,928 pupils at 1,257 schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council (ISC), compared with 508,601 pupils at 1,223 schools in 2013 and exceeding the pre-crash numbers for the first time. (more…)

 

Asthma inhalers could go into schools as consultation launched

Published on April 24, 2014,

As a consultation on the issue is about to be launched, the BBC is reporting claims from campaigners that plans to allow schools to keep spare asthma inhalers could reduce the risk of emergency hospital admission or even death for more than a million pupils…

The blue reliever inhalers are prescribed medicines, which means schools are not allowed to keep spares. (more…)

 

Students who gamble their loans away

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Guardian is reporting on what it claims is an increasing number of students who are gambling, including one who lost £8,000 of his student loan is one hour…

“I had always had a bit of a problem with gambling,” says one student. “When you start your degree they give you a big pot of money and you just think, wow!” (more…)

 
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Communities Minister Brandon Lewis says pub lunches for school children could save the industry

Published on April 24, 2014,

The Independent is reporting claims from a minister that schoolchildren should be given pub lunches in order to help save the industry and ensure pupils receive healthy and nutritious meals at lunch-time…

Communities minister Brandon Lewis said that organising school trips to pubs at lunchtime could offer solutions to both problems. (more…)

 

Today’s poll: With the planned changes, will AS levels be worth taking?

Published on April 24, 2014,

It is being reported that UCAS is going to cut the number of tariff points for AS-levels in a reform of the admissions system. It has already been announced that AS levels will be decoupled from A levels to become a standalone qualification. All things considered, will it still be worth sixth-formers taking AS levels?

With the planned changes, will AS levels be worth taking?
 

1,000 pupils caught with weapons including guns, axes and a meat cleaver in schools

Published on April 23, 2014,

Almost 1,000 pupils were caught with weapons including guns, axes and a meat cleaver in schools in the last three years, a Sky News investigation has found…

New figures show 981 children have had weapons confiscated on school premises since 2011. (more…)

 
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Union says staff will pay for heads’ salaries

Published on April 23, 2014,

The Times is reporting suggestions from Chris Keates that head teachers should be forced to publish their salaries before a “dash for cash” this autumn…

Some head teachers are in line for big pay rises from September when governors of all state schools will be given greater freedom to reward them. (more…)

 

NUT conference: Union leader goads Michael Gove, saying she’s proud to be a member of ‘The Blob’

Published on April 23, 2014,

The Independent is reporting that NUT leader Christine Blower declared at the union’s conference that she is proud to be a member of “The Blob” – the derogatory term used by Michael Gove to disparage his opponents…

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, made the comment as she pledged “to lead as much action as our members feel is right” in the union’s fight with the Government over Gove’s school reforms. (more…)

 

‘Irresponsible’ term-time Center Parcs ad banned

Published on April 23, 2014,

The BBC is reporting that a television advert for Center Parcs holiday resorts has been banned for “irresponsibly” encouraging parents to take their children out of school…

Promoting midweek breaks, the advert showed parents and school-aged children, with small print stating that the offer “excludes school holidays”. (more…)

 
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