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News Items From September 2009

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Immunisation suspended in north-east and around UK after death

A vaccination programme planned for schools around the UK has been temporarily suspended as a teenager died shortly after receiving the cervical cancer jab.

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Posted on 30/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Improving schools' knowledge of epilepsy 'will reduce fears'

A programme aiming to educate both teachers and children about epilepsy will help pupils with the condition settle more easily into school-life.

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Posted on 30/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Schools in London and around the UK urged to improve discipline

Failing to punish bad behaviour could lead to schools being reprimanded by the education watchdog, the government is expected to announce.

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Posted on 30/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Midlands school uses music to beat bullies

Pupils at a Dudley primary school were given an anti-bullying message in the form of a song, it has been reported.

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Posted on 30/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-west trainer tells teachers to smarten up

A teacher training course in Wiltshire, south-west England, is telling its students to dress smartly and behave more formally, it has been reported.

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Posted on 30/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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'Balance required' among teaching staff

There should be a balance between the number of male and female teachers in schools, an expert has argued....

Posted on 29/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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More support pledged for children with special needs

Children in the Midlands and around the UK with special educational needs have been promised more help achieving their potential by the government....

Posted on 28/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-east school wins award for "outstanding" transport

A primary school just outside London has reportedly been commended for its commitment to greener transport....

Posted on 24/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-west pupils helping to fight crime

Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour was top of the agenda for 100 teenagers when they gathered in Bath for this year's Young Leaders' Conference, it has been reported.

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Posted on 24/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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'Virtual school gate' launched

A new social networking service where parents can discuss their children's education online has been unveiled by the government.
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Posted on 23/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-west girls told 'positive outlook better than looks'

Pupils at one Bristol school have been reminded that positive thinking is more important than physical appearance, it has been reported....

Posted on 23/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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More support on the way for struggling south-east schools

Good progress has been made with helping failing schools improve, but some areas still need targeted support, says the government.

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Posted on 23/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Disadvantaged Midlands boys 'at risk from far right'

Young white men from poorer backgrounds in Birmingham are "potentially at risk" from recruitment by far right groups, it has been reported....

Posted on 22/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Separated London families to get more support

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has launched a new £4.75 million pilot scheme to improve support for separated families....

Posted on 22/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Plea for help with Midlands schools project

Birmingham city council has urged more local businesses to get involved with its £2.4 billion schools building project, it has been reported....

Posted on 21/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Fabregas backs anti-bullying campaign

Cesc Fabregas, captain of London football club Arsenal, has lent his support to a new government campaign aiming to tackle bullying in schools.

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Posted on 18/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Church primaries in Wales 'above average'

Children schooled at church schools have a better start in life than those at other state primaries, according to a new report....

Posted on 17/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Full house for south-west heads

Following a city-wide shortage of Bristol headteachers, 30 new people have been found to fill the primary school positions, it has been reported....

Posted on 16/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Early investment 'will limit inequality'

Offering financial and academic support from an early age is the only way to encourage young people from deprived backgrounds to continue with education, says a children's charity....

Posted on 16/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Call for more school nurses in the Midlands and around the UK

The UK's largest union has called for the government to employ more qualified school nurses to ensure each school has a dedicated health worker on site.
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Posted on 16/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Government reviewing schools vetting system

Responding to suggestions plans to vet everyone frequently coming into contact with children are unnecessary and expensive, the government has announced it is to revise the policy....

Posted on 15/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Minister's London visit marks beginning of Sure Start Week

As the government marks the beginning of Sure Start Week with a visit to a children's centre in Hackney, schools secretary Ed Balls announces plans to extend free childcare for two-year-olds....

Posted on 15/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Working hours 'have fallen for primary teachers in the Midlands and around the UK'

The tenth annual survey of school staff's working hours has revealed mixed results as primary school teachers work less, while headteachers and their deputies take on more hours....

Posted on 14/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Minister calls for more co-op schools

Speaking at a visit to a co-operative school in the north-west, schools secretary Ed Balls has announced a government target to set up more than 100 new trusts within the next year....

Posted on 14/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-east charity stresses importance of outdoor play

Encouraging children to spend more time outdoors can have long-term health benefits, says an allergies expert....

Posted on 11/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Schools hiring bouncers as 'cheap labour'

Postmen and bouncers are among thousands of untrained staff being drafted in to cover lessons for absent teachers, new research has revealed....

Posted on 11/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Special needs teachers could win £15k award

School staff, in the Midlands and around the UK, specialising in special needs support could win up to £15,000 towards their work....

Posted on 10/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Bigger classes 'are better at sixth form'

The quality of education in A-level classes can be limited if there are too few pupils, says a spokesperson for headteachers in London and around the UK....

Posted on 10/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Debate continues over free school meals in north London

Six schools in the London borough of Islington will now serve up free meals to all pupils, it has been reported....

Posted on 10/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Deprived teens in the Midlands and around the UK 'more worried about bullying'

Modern teenagers are most concerned about losing weight and fitting in but those from poorer families have other pressing problems including bullying, drugs and smoking, says new research.

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Posted on 09/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Goverment under fire over education policy

Education policy in London and around the UK has met with criticism from a schools expert who describes government communications as "completely random".

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Posted on 09/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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South-east parents 'should be realistic about primary school places'

Following news 100 families in Oxfordshire have had to accept second-choice primary school places, an education expert has said it is an "impossibility" that all people will get into the institution of their choice.

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Posted on 09/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Spending cuts 'could damage reputation of education in London and across the UK'

The UK government and those around the world must continue to invest in education to help the nation move out of the recession and tackle unemployment, says a new study....

Posted on 08/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Debate continues over Midlands academies

Local lobby group quizzes schools minister about the government's flagship academies policy....

Posted on 08/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Opening of London school marks 200th academy milestone

The government celebrates the completion of a new school a year before schedule, as it announces plans to scrap the academy sponsorship fee....

Posted on 07/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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London primary schools to offer free lunches to all

Children in two of the UK's most deprived regions will be granted free meals....

Posted on 04/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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North-west head slams "easier exams"

New survey reveals concerns among sixth-form teachers that exams are too easy....

Posted on 03/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Midlands charity 'warns of obesity underfunding'

A lack of investment and training is stopping health workers targeting childhood obesity, says a children's charity....

Posted on 03/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Teachers in the Midlands and around the UK urged to get tax-savvy

The government has launched a new online education resource to help teachers learn about tax....

Posted on 03/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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Teachers in London and across the UK call for universal admissions

A teaching union representing primary school staff across the UK has urged the government to introduce a unified admissions policy.

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Posted on 01/09/2009 - [Read More...]

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