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News Items From May 2011

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Private schools 'planning to opt out of curriculum'

Hundreds of private schools are planning to move away from the national curriculum amid concerns that it is not challenging enough....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government admission code plans 'weaken role of local authority'

The government's draft admissions code, which was put out for consultation today (May 31st), contains a very "disparate set of proposals", it has been claimed....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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University applications 'on the rise'

The number of people applying to start university in September is on the rise....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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More people in Yorkshire 'taking teaching jobs'

An increasing number of people are changing their careers and training as teachers, it has been claimed....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'should be given more support to deal with dyscalculia'

Teachers and learners should be given more support where dyscalculia is concerned, it has been claimed....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Parents 'should help ensure study leave is used effectively'

Parents have been given advice on how to help their children prepare for the exam season. ...

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Pupils learn traditional building techniques

Hundreds of schoolchildren from Devon stepped out of the classroom last week for a special visit to Launceston Castle....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Devon school unveils new wildlife pond

A school in Devon has unveiled a new wildlife pond as part of its bid to be recognised as an 'eco school'....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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ECaR scheme 'has positive impact on pupil attainment'

The Every Child a Reader (ECaR) has been successful in helping to improve attainment levels in literacy....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government pension plans 'show up political ideology'

Government plans relating to pensions for teachers and other public sector workers are "driven by political ideology and not necessity", it has been claimed....

Posted on 31/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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New device 'to help flag up exam cheating'

A new high-tech device has been created to help stamp out cheating in exams....

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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FE teacher training initiatives announced in Wales

The Welsh government has announced new initial teacher training (ITT) initiatives for eligible students beginning postgraduate courses of further education (FE) next year....

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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First Lady reunited with London schoolgirls

US First Lady Michelle Obama made time during her busy schedule this week to meet with pupils from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in London. ...

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Innovative business idea wins pupils trip to Hong Kong

A group of schoolchildren from Devon are celebrating this week after winning a trip to Hong Kong. ...

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teaching jobs could be offered at new school in Blackburn

A new high school in Blackburn has been officially named ahead of its opening in September 2012....

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government supporting school Filmclub initiative

The Welsh government is to provide £170,000 funding for a new school Filmclub initiative. ...

Posted on 26/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Success of academies 'still in the balance'

Academies have not been around long enough to be deemed successful or otherwise, it has been suggested....

Posted on 26/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Music 'being squeezed out of classroom'

Music is being squeezed out of the classroom by the government's failure to include it in the new English baccalaureate qualification, it has been suggested....

Posted on 25/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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UK 'lagging behind in English and maths'

The UK is trailing behind other countries when it comes to English and maths, it has been claimed....

Posted on 24/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government 'will make it easier for overseas teachers to work in UK'

The government has announced plans to make it easier for teachers from overseas to work in the UK....

Posted on 24/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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A-level students 'more stressed than ever'

Teenagers sitting their A-level exams are under unprecedented levels of stress, according to new research. ...

Posted on 23/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Third of Welsh schools 'not up to standard'

A third of schools in Wales are not up to scratch, according to inspection body Estyn....

Posted on 23/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Good school governance 'of huge importance'

Good school governance is extremely important and can have a considerable impact on the success of schools, according to education watchdog Ofsted. ...

Posted on 20/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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School teachers 'need greater awareness of language problems'

Teachers need greater awareness of the specific language impairment (SLI) disorder, it has been claimed....

Posted on 20/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Private schools 'asking debt collectors to chase fees'

The bleak economic climate has led to many private schools enlisting the services of debt collectors, it has been revealed. ...

Posted on 17/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Boys 'lack stamina to read long books'

Many young boys find it too challenging to tackle books of more than 200 pages long, new research suggests....

Posted on 17/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Parents and teachers should 'work together' to tackle exam stress

Parents and teachers need to work together to help young people deal with the stresses of exams, it has been claimed....

Posted on 16/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Careers guidance 'must improve' in schools

Students, employers and colleges are suffering because of inadequate career guidance in schools, it has been claimed. ...

Posted on 16/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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ACME: Too many students entered early for GCSE maths

Entering students early for exams could have a negative impact on maths education, it has been suggested....

Posted on 16/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove: Academies know how to attract good teachers

Academies know how to attract and keep good teachers, it has been claimed....

Posted on 16/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual 'to investigate falling standards'

Qualifications watchdog Ofqual is set to investigate whether exams are getting easier for pupils in England....

Posted on 13/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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'No magic answer' to school improvement

There is no magic answer when it comes to improving underperforming schools....

Posted on 12/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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More than 1,000 schools apply to become academies

More than 1,000 schools in England have applied to become academies since 2010, it has been revealed. ...

Posted on 11/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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RE 'should be central to curriculum'

RE should form a central part of the school curriculum and be included in the new English baccalaureate qualification, it has been claimed. ...

Posted on 11/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Poor standard of maths and English 'a concern to employers'

A large proportion of British employers are concerned about the basic maths and English skills of today's school leavers....

Posted on 09/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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University of Cambridge 'accepting more state school pupils'

The number of state school pupils attending the University of Cambridge is on the rise....

Posted on 06/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Religion 'should form part of English baccalaureate'

Religion should form part of the new English baccalaureate qualification....

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

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Teach pupils benefits of abstinence, says Tory MP

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries believes British schoolchildren should be taught the benefits of abstaining from sex....

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

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More overseas students attending UK private schools

An increasing number of overseas schoolchildren are travelling to the UK to study, it has been revealed....

Posted on 04/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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UK 'lagging behind in education'

The UK is ranked only 23rd out of 43 more developed countries in terms of child wellbeing. ...

Posted on 04/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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