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News Items From February 2013

Welcome to the news section of our website where you will find news stories which we hope will be of interest to you. Below you will find the latest news entries but if you would like to look back further, please feel free to search our news archive.

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Secondary pupils falling behind in maths

A new study has found that the top ten per cent of performers in maths in primary schools do not progress as much at secondary school as counterparts from other countries....

Posted on 28/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted inspecting Portsmouth schools

Ofsted is undertaking coordinated inspections of schools in Portsmouth, where just 34 per cent of secondary pupils attend a school rated good or better....

Posted on 28/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report highlights variation in child poverty levels

New Campaign to End Child Poverty figures show that 20.2 per cent of the UK's children live in poverty and that in some areas this level exceeds 40 per cent....

Posted on 27/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Disabled children facing exclusion, warns charity

A poll of families with children with SEN found that 53 per cent of had been asked to collect their child during the school day because there were not enough staff to support them....

Posted on 26/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Sheffield schools set for redevelopment

Sheffield City Council has announced that both the Fox Hill and Prince Edward primary schools are set to be redeveloped....

Posted on 25/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Quarter of free school applications come from faith groups

The government has revealed that one in four organisations who have applied to set up free schools were from faith-based groups....

Posted on 25/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Estyn brands two more Welsh local education authorities unsatisfactory

Estyn has advocated that education services in both Monmouthshire and Methyr Tydfil should be taken into special measures....

Posted on 22/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Lack of wireless web access hindering learning, says BESA

A study has found that only 28 per cent of secondary schools and 22 per cent of primary schools surveyed had wireless internet access in at least most classrooms....

Posted on 21/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted wants PE to be more testing

A new report by Ofsted has found that PE did not do enough to improve pupils' fitness in one quarter of the country's schools....

Posted on 20/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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OECD report highlights inequalities in UK schools

The UK's schools have performed well in the OECD's table for school performance, but done less well in its rankings of fair opportunities for pupils....

Posted on 18/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted highlights key to pupil premium success

Schools that make best use of pupil premiums tend to share characteristics such as allocating their best teachers to teach intervention groups, Ofsted has said....

Posted on 15/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Government puts cooking firmly on curriculum

The government will make food a compulsory part of the school curriculum, following a recent campaign in favour of this move....

Posted on 14/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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New fund to bolster London's teaching

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the launch of a £24 million fund to support teacher training and sharing of best practice....

Posted on 13/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Youth Sport Trust backs PE focus

The YST has welcomed the government's decision to make PE a compulsory subject alongside English, maths and science....

Posted on 12/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Gender not an issue when appointing primary teachers, say heads

A new report has called on primary school heads to provide strong leadership in encouraging more men to become primary school teachers....

Posted on 11/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted plans local authority inspections

Ofsted has launched a consultation over the possibility of it carrying out inspections into local authorities whose schools are underperforming....

Posted on 08/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report highlights discrepancies in global education rankings

A new report by the Sutton Trust has highlighted inconsistencies between global education league tables such as those compiled by the OECD and Pearson....

Posted on 07/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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School building improvements to take place

A total of £100 million is to be spent on building new and renovating existing 15 schools in the north-east, Yorkshire and the West Midlands....

Posted on 06/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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New funding to help secondary pupils catch up

A new £54.5 million package will help pupils who failed to reach the expected level of academic achievement at primary school catch up at secondary school....

Posted on 06/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Bradford free school receives funding

The DfE has signed a funding agreement that will enable charity One in a Million open a secondary free school in Bradford in September....

Posted on 05/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Estyn: More help needed for Wales' ablest pupils

Wales' schools inspection body Estyn has reported that fewer of the country's schools achieved good or excellent ratings in inspections last year....

Posted on 04/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Secondary schools must do more for brightest pupils, says Ofsted chief

The head of Ofsted has promised to investigate whether state secondary schools are doing enough to help able pupils achieve their potential....

Posted on 01/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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