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News Items From January 2011

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Devon's largest school 'could convert to academy status'

Devon's largest school could be set to convert to academy status this year.

Governors at Exmouth Community College have entered a period of consultation before deciding whether or not to give the go ahead.

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Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Kent pupils facing transport fees

Parents in Kent may soon find themselves forced to contribute to their children's school transport fees. ...

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove approves business plans for eight free schools

Education secretary Michael Gove has approved business plans for eight new free schools....

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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EMA cuts 'not what the country needs'

A Kent headteacher has spoken out about the government's decision to scrap Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payments....

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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State schools 'not catering for brightest pupils'

State schools are not doing enough to push their brightest pupils, it has been suggested....

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Southampton primary school set for £7.5m rebuild

A primary school in Southampton is set to be given a total overhaul after council bosses approved plans for a £7.5 million rebuild....

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Hull schoolchildren create book

Children from a school in Hull have put their creative talents to good use by producing their own book....

Posted on 31/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Quarter of graduates 'would not recommend university to A-level students'

Nearly half of graduates believe their time at university has not provided them with the skills they need for the world of work....

Posted on 28/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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ATL: Many teachers subject to false allegations

Thousands of teachers are subject to false allegations from pupils every year, it has been claimed. ...

Posted on 27/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Fewer state school students studying languages

The popularity of languages is continuing to decline in state schools, according to new research. ...

Posted on 27/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Huddersfield school crossing patrols 'at risk'

Schools may have to fund lollipop men and women themselves in future if money for these services is withdrawn....

Posted on 27/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh local authorities 'spending less per pupil than England'

Welsh local authorities are continuing to spend less per pupil than their English counterparts, it has been revealed....

Posted on 26/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Four in ten Welsh pupils 'below standard in reading'

Approximately 40 per cent of Welsh schoolchildren are below the standard expected of them when it comes to reading. ...

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Academies 'pose serious problems for councils and schools'

Academies pose serious problems for local authorities and schools, it has been claimed....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Headteacher apologises for excluding 'adult' pupil

A headteacher has today apologised for excluding a 14-year-old pupil that he thought was an adult....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'concerned over increased powers to search'

Teachers are concerned over the government's plans to increase the power they have to search and discipline students....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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NUS leader: Universities will charge whatever they can

Most universities will charge students £9,000 a year when tuition fees are raised in 2012, National Union of students (NUS) leader Aaron Porter predicts....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Companies 'recruiting at schools to snap up brightest pupils'

British companies are beginning to recruit at schools and colleges in order to snap up the most promising students, it has been revealed....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds 'more likely to struggle with reading'

A report published last week by Ofsted suggested that youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to struggle at school when it comes to literacy....

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Devon pupils 'return to Victorian era'

Pupils at one Devon primary school took part in a hands-on history lesson last week when they stepped back to the Victorian era....

Posted on 24/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove's education plans 'full of contradictions'

Education secretary Michael Gove's plans to overhaul the national curriculum have been criticised by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). ...

Posted on 24/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Summer holidays 'should be broken up'

The six-week summer holidays should be broken down and spread throughout the year, according to Welsh party Plaid Cymru....

Posted on 24/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Businesses 'should encourage youngsters to study science'

Employers should play a more active role in helping to encourage young people to study science at school....

Posted on 24/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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School forced to abandon 'scary history lesson'

A Lancashire primary school was forced to abandon a history exercise after it became too realistic for pupils....

Posted on 21/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Headteacher criticises curriculum review

The coalition's plans to hold a curriculum review have been criticised by one Newcastle headteacher. ...

Posted on 21/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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History and geography 'an important part of curriculum'

History and geography are an important part of the national curriculum, it has been suggested....

Posted on 21/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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English baccalaureate ' a concern'

A headteacher from west Cumbria has expressed concern over the government's publication of English baccalaureate figures last week. ...

Posted on 21/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Home schooling 'needs tighter regulation'

A Welsh education expert has urged the government to ensure that home-schooled children are properly monitored....

Posted on 20/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted recognises 'inspirational head teacher'

A head teacher has been recognised for her outstanding work at a local school in Northamptonshire, the Chronicle and Echo reports....

Posted on 20/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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School IT provision threatened by cash cuts

Schools in Dudley may be dealt a technological blow after councils were informed of a change in how IT projects are to be funded, the Halesowen News reports. ...

Posted on 20/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government 'to shake-up national curriculum'

Children will learn about England's former kings and queens, and study great literary works following a major shake-up of the national curriculum....

Posted on 20/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Initiative launched to improve relations between pupils and police

A new initiative has been introduced in a number of Cornish schools, aimed at boosting relations between young people and the police....

Posted on 20/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Blackburn company 'unveils new super whiteboard'

Blackburn-based technology firm Promethean has unveiled a new state-of-the-art iPad-style school whiteboard....

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Staffordshire pupils boost citizenship skills

Pupils at one school in Staffordshire have been working to improve their citizenship skills by spending an entire day focusing on the subject....

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Cutting EMA 'could lead to colossal waste of talent'

Scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) could lead to a "colossal waste of talent"....

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government announces capital funding package for sixth forms

Schools minister Lord Hill has today (January 19th) announced a new capital funding package for sixth form colleges across England....

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students gather for EMA protests

Thousands of students across the UK are gathering today (January 19th) to show their opposition to the government's plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). ...

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Staffordshire schoolchildren experience Victorian era

Children at one Staffordshire primary school took part in an exciting hands-on history lesson earlier this week, discovering what life would have been like for pupils studying during Victorian times....

Posted on 19/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'should not ask pupils with hands up'

Asking pupils to put their hands up is not an effective way of judging whether children have absorbed what they are being taught....

Posted on 18/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Majority of EMA students 'rely on support'

The majority of students who receive Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) rely on this support, it has been revealed....

Posted on 18/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Predicted grades 'could be a thing of the past'

Teachers may no longer have to predict what grades their A-level pupils will achieve....

Posted on 17/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Mothers 'telling parenting fibs at school gate'

Parents are increasingly feeling under pressure to look perfect, according to new research....

Posted on 17/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh baccalaureate 'made available to 7,500 more pupils'

The Welsh baccalaureate qualification is to be expanded, education minister Leighton Andrews has announced....

Posted on 17/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Schools 'need to catch up with technology'

Schoolchildren are learning more about technology at home than they are in the classroom. ...

Posted on 14/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh education minister unveils new school technology zone

Children at one school in Wales now have a cutting edge technology plaza at their disposal. ...

Posted on 14/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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KPMG to fund degree programme for school-leavers

KPMG has announced plans to fund a study programme for 75 school-leavers attending Durham University. ...

Posted on 13/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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This week's school league tables 'are nonsense'

The government has been criticised over the publication of school league tables containing data relating to its new English baccalaureate qualification....

Posted on 13/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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NUT criticises English baccalaureate move

The government has been criticised over its decision to use the English baccalaureate in this year's GCSE performance table....

Posted on 12/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Disadvantaged pupils 'should be encouraged to study languages'

It is important that students from disadvantaged backgrounds recognise the importance of learning a language at school. ...

Posted on 12/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government announces 'new era of school data transparency'

The Department for Education has announced that parents are to have more information than ever about the performance of their child's school....

Posted on 12/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove warned 'history lessons are being dumbed down'

The Better History campaign group has warned education secretary Michael Gove that history classes are being dumbed down in English secondary schools....

Posted on 12/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Headteachers 'angry over inclusion of English baccalaureate in league tables'

The government has been criticised over its decision to include the English baccalaureate in league tables due to be published this week. ...

Posted on 11/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Modern language tuition criticised by Ofsted

An Ofsted report has highlighted that there are "significant barriers to good language learning" in many British secondary schools....

Posted on 11/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Universities 'should limit intake from private schools'

Universities should limit the number of pupils they offer places to from private schools....

Posted on 10/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Bring nature into the classroom, says David Attenborough

Many children have very little contact with the natural world, so it is important that they learn about it at school....

Posted on 10/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government 'planning new vocational schools'

The coalition government is planning to create specialist vocational schools to train children from the age of 14. ...

Posted on 07/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'need training in mental health issues'

All professionals working with children should be equipped to spot the signs of depression....

Posted on 07/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Schoolchildren 'let down by science experiments'

Schoolchildren in England are being let down when it comes to science, according to Ofsted....

Posted on 07/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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School sees attendance improve due to art sessions

Pupil attendance levels at one school have improved after children began taking part in art and music sessions....

Posted on 07/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Music teachers should not avoid contact with pupils, says Gove

Education Secretary Michael Gove has spoken out after music teachers were advised to avoid physical contact with pupils....

Posted on 07/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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One in ten secondary schools is an academy

New government figures have revealed that 11 per cent of secondary schools in England are now academies. ...

Posted on 06/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Taking GCSEs at 14 'will lead to fewer pupils dropping out'

Taking GCSE exams at the age of 14 will lead to fewer pupils dropping out of school, it has been suggested....

Posted on 06/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Widdecombe: Ban on new grammar schools should end

Former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is urging the coalition government to end the ban on new grammar schools....

Posted on 06/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Competition for grammar schools 'on the rise'

Competition for grammar school places is on the increase, it has been claimed....

Posted on 05/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Free schools could be beneficial, says Campaign for Real Education

Free schools could be beneficial in providing parents with an alternative to other schools, it has been claimed....

Posted on 05/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Girls' School Association to publish parenting book

The Girls' School Association is set to publish a book on parenting for those bringing up daughters....

Posted on 05/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Free schools "divisive and unaccountable"

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is urging the government to scrap its plans for free schools and "stop playing with the educational future of this country"....

Posted on 04/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Common Entrance 'set for online overhaul'

The Common Entrance is set to be overhauled, with pupils possibly taking it online in future. ...

Posted on 04/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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