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New FSM funding support announced

Government announces money for smaller schools to ensure every infant receives a healthy meal....

Posted on 07/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Hartlepool primary schools offer environment to thrive

Pupils and teachers at Hartlepool primary schools are performing well....

Posted on 17/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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DfE data shows young children making less progress in literacy and maths

Just 61 per cent of children reached the expected level for literacy at the end of the early years foundation stage in 2013, new official figures indicate....

Posted on 28/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study finds premature birth affects attainment

Children born prematurely tend to achieve lower key stage one results than other pupils, while over a third have special educational needs, according to a new study....

Posted on 22/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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More pupils passing phonics tests

Department for Education statistics show the proportion of six-year-olds passing phonics tests rose from 58 per cent in 2012 to 69 per cent this year....

Posted on 03/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Academic advocates school mental health screenings

Simon Nicholas Williams has suggested pupils as young as seven could be screened at school for mental health issues in order to address them before they become more serious....

Posted on 27/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Figures show improved key stage two performance

Official figures indicate 76 per cent of key stage two pupils reached level four or above during 2013, up by a percentage point from the year before....

Posted on 19/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Parents should read to children for longer

A new poll has found 44 per cent of parents no longer regularly read to their children after their seventh birthdays, to the detriment of their development....

Posted on 17/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Teaching assistants help boost Oxford pupils' reading age

Oxford-based teaching assistants help improve the reading age of pupils....

Posted on 27/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Extra teaching assistants to support Nottinghamshire school places expansion

More teachers and teaching assistants are to be hired by Nottinghamshire primary schools to facilitate the creation of over 600 new pupil places....

Posted on 13/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Tougher targets pose new challenge to Nottinghamshire schools

There are 25 schools in Nottingham and the surrounding county that posted Sats test results last year that would fall short of new government targets....

Posted on 09/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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New proposals aim to raise primary school standards

The government has proposed that by 2016, 85 per cent of pupils at any primary school should be expected to reach set standards in maths and English....

Posted on 23/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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MP stresses need for rising primary standards

Liberal Democrat Simon Wright has said that a new primary school standard is needed to ensure more pupils do not subsequently fall short in their GCSEs....

Posted on 18/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Schools to play expanded role in childcare provision

The 'More Affordable Childcare' report has outlined measures that will help schools stay open to provide after-school and holiday childcare services....

Posted on 17/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study highlights sleep pattern impact on learning

Irregular sleeping patterns at the age of three affect children's test scores in reading, writing and spatial awareness four years later, according to a new study....

Posted on 10/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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DfE announces £150m school sports funding

The average primary school will receive over £9,000 in funding to boost school sports programmes....

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

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Ofsted seeks to address Medway school failings

The government has published business plans identifying tasks government departments need to implement over the remainder of the current parliament....

Posted on 01/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Large infant class numbers on the rise

The number of infant school children being taught in class of over 30 pupils has nearly trebled since 2008 to 72,000, official figures show....

Posted on 25/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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MP wants more flexibility over when children start school

MP Annette Brooke has tabled an early day motion calling for the government to protect parents' right to flexibility over when summer-born children start school....

Posted on 18/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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New schools planned in south London

Croydon council plans to spend £10 million on setting up five new schools in the south London borough in order to meet rising demand for places....

Posted on 14/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Genetics play small role in reading skills

Kids' reading skills are not decided by their genetic makeup to as great an extent as previously thought, new research has found....

Posted on 07/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Manchester seeks to address primary school place shortage

A further 25 Manchester primary schools could be expanded over the next three years as the city grapples with a worsening shortage of places for pupils....

Posted on 30/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Schools urged to place greater emphasis on swimming

A new report by the ASA has warned that the average state school pupil receives just eight hours and 15 minutes of swimming lessons per year....

Posted on 24/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Government funding could create south-west teaching jobs

The government has allocated £32 million to kick start the development of the Sherford new town in Devon, which will include four new schools....

Posted on 22/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Primary schools face growing demand for places

The past month has seen much discussion as to how schools will deal with anticipated escalation in demand for places, particularly in the London area....

Posted on 30/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Swansea scheme to improve IT teaching praised

Leighton Andrews has praised the LIFE programme initiated in a Swansea primary school to better integrate digital technologies into teaching....

Posted on 26/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Majority of London children get first choice on primaries

New figures show that 92 per cent of pupils starting primary school in the capital in September have secured a place at one of their top three school choices....

Posted on 22/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Primary school recognised for dyslexia expertise

Glebelands primary school in Leicester has received a dyslexia friendly quality mark in recognition of its efforts to help pupils with this condition....

Posted on 22/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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New funding for primary school sport

The government has announced a new £150 million per year funding allocation for primary school sport, which will also see some teachers train as PE specialists....

Posted on 20/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study suggests ability grouping hinders summer-born children

By the age of seven, children born in September are nearly three times as likely to be in the top stream in classes as those born in August, a new study has found....

Posted on 14/03/2013 - [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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New Hampshire primary school to be built

Hampshire County Council has backed plans for a new primary school in Whiteley, which could open on temporary grounds in September....

Posted on 25/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh primary schools see improvement in attendance

Just 6.7 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through authorised and unauthorised absences in Welsh primary schools in 2011-12, new figures show....

Posted on 24/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Free school breakfasts for Blackpool children

Around 12,000 children are expected to benefit from a pilot scheme to provide free breakfasts at primary schools across Blackpool....

Posted on 11/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Children's laureate criticises phonics tests

Children's laureate Julia Donaldson has criticised the government's emphasis on phonics, arguing that children learn to read in many different ways....

Posted on 09/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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School building plans criticised

Plans from the government to build new schools in a simplified and pared back manner have come under further criticism....

Posted on 03/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Schools raising English and maths standards, according to SATs results

SATs results suggest primary schools improved performance in both English and maths in 2012....

Posted on 13/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Majority support foreign language teaching in primaries

Research suggests most believe teaching young children foreign languages is beneficial in their development....

Posted on 23/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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400 worst-performing primaries to be converted to academies

The worst-performing primary schools are to be converted into academies....

Posted on 12/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Calculators banned from maths tests at 11 years old

Calculators will be banned from maths tests for 11 year olds from 2014....

Posted on 09/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Primary pupils should learn languages of emerging economies, says British Council

British Council wants to see young pupils exposed to a wide range of languages, especially those related to growing world economies...

Posted on 09/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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London's shortage of school places to reach 90,000 by 2016

London Councils warns 90,000 students will be without a school place in London by 2016....

Posted on 06/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Primary teacher showing pupils how to be green

Buckinghamshire primary school is teaching pupils the value of teamwork and caring for the environment via an eco programme...

Posted on 30/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Primary school numbers to soar

18 per cent increase in nursery and primary numbers expected...

Posted on 26/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Great Yarmouth head considers a longer school week

A primary head in Great Yarmouth wants a 45 hour week for pupils in their last two years to boost performance....

Posted on 16/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Head teacher expands 70-pupil classes

A school in Norfolk is pioneering a new approach to education by grouping entire year groups together in 'super-size' classes with multiple teachers and teaching assistants...

Posted on 05/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Hartlepool teachers welcome pioneering new £7m school

Teachers at a Hartlepool primary school will today begin teaching in a state-of-the-art new facility following the official opening of the £7 million education centre ...

Posted on 29/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Music lessons help develop empathy in children

Research by Cambridge University has discovered that taking part in group music lessons can help develop children's sense of empathy ...

Posted on 13/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Babies get teaching jobs in Cardiff schools

UK charity Action for Children is running a new programme that employs babies as 'tiny teachers' in classrooms to help reduce bullying by teaching young pupils about empathy...

Posted on 21/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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London primary schools get cash boost

Primary schools in the capital will benefit the most from the £600 million allocated to help increase the number of places...

Posted on 12/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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2,000 extra primary schools needed in England

There could be a surge in demand for school teachers in England as an additional 2,000 primary schools are needed by 2015...

Posted on 20/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Language awards presented to Welsh primary schools

Welsh Primary teachers at two schools are celebrating after they won national awards in recognition of the high quality of their language education...

Posted on 19/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers say Roald Dahl is children's favourite author

Primary school teachers have voted Roald Dahl as their pupils' favourite author in a survey by teaching resources website Teachit Primary...

Posted on 13/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Failing an Ofsted inspection improves schools

New research published by the London School of Economics has found that schools can see 'significant improvements' following a failed Ofsted inspection...

Posted on 16/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teesside primary school scoops £2,000 project prize

A primary teacher at a school in Teesside has been presented with a £2,000 prize to fund a garden project after her pupils' 'mini-beast sanctuary' idea won a regional environmental competition...

Posted on 15/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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12,000 English schools enter Olympics Games race

Half of the schools in England have signed up to take part in the first ever Sainsbury's School Games ahead of this year's Olympics ...

Posted on 08/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Majority of those in teaching jobs confident they can identify non-toilet trained children

At least 79 per cent of teachers recognise the signs of incontinent children, a study by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found. ...

Posted on 07/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Eco-friendly school opens in Wales

A new primary school built through the 21st Century Schools Programme has become the first in Wales or England to be awarded an A+ Energy Performance Certificate...

Posted on 27/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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New league table data released

More in-depth data has been released by the DfE in the latest school league tables, exposing the plight of disadvantaged pupils...

Posted on 26/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Physics software can improve primary pupils understanding

Primary school teachers could greatly improve their physics lessons if they adopted new computer software, research from the ESRC suggests...

Posted on 25/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Swansea schools celebrated for digital innovation

Primary and secondary teachers at two schools in Swansea have been praised by the Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews for their pioneering use of digital technology in the classroom...

Posted on 24/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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£7.7 million spent on phonics teaching materials

Figures from the DfE show that so far £7.7 million has been spent on phonics products as part of a government scheme to help primary teachers improve phonics lessons, but Nick Gibb wants more schools to commit...

Posted on 19/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Half a million children are unhappy, charity says

Research from The Children's Society reinforces the importance of teaching jobs with the revelation that half a million children in the UK are unhappy...

Posted on 12/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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New Norfolk primary school on cards as admissions soar

A new primary school may have to be built in Norfolk to deal with the growing population and admissions levels in the south-west county...

Posted on 09/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Government urged to increase primary class sizes

A council leader in London has advised the government to increase primary school class sizes to 32 to help reduce costs, claiming it would not have a detrimental impact on children's education...

Posted on 06/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Primary teachers get free PE training amid calls to test pupils

Sports medicine specialists have called on the government to introduce mandatory PE testing in a bid to safeguard pupils' health...

Posted on 23/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Report into best maths teaching techniques published by Ofsted

Schools watchdog Ofsted has published a new report following a study of the practices used by the best primary teachers of maths...

Posted on 14/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Works starts on state-of-the-art Welsh primary school

Construction work has begun on a £6 million project to build a cutting-edge new primary school in Caerphilly, Wales...

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

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Details of funding for extra school places revealed

Extra funding for the creation of school places in England will be shared primarily among 100 local authorities, with most going on primary school projects....

Posted on 07/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Government unveils primary school admission reforms

Schools Minister Nick Gibb announces new proposals to the primary schools admission code, including giving primary teachers priority for their own children...

Posted on 03/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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European study indicates demand for primary school teachers in UK

Research by EU body Eurostat has found that on average in the UK there are 19.9 primary school pupils per teacher, the highest number across the EU...

Posted on 26/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Primary school teacher wins Contribution to School Sport award

A primary school PE teacher in South Derbyshire has been awarded an prestigious accolade for his contribution to school sport...

Posted on 14/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teaching assistant celebrated with national award

Primary school teaching assistant in Chester wins national award in recognition of her work...

Posted on 27/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Pupils getting more than nine hours sleep make teaching job easier

Research in Spain has shown that primary school children who get less than nine hours of sleep a night are not as likely to have academic success as children sleeping for longer...

Posted on 19/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Primary school teachers to conduct one to one reading tests

From next summer all primary school teachers at state schools in England will have to conduct one-to-one reading tests with their year one pupils...

Posted on 16/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Routine key to avoiding back-to-school stress

Getting into a routine can help facilitate the back-to-school process....

Posted on 31/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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England suffering a shortage of male teachers

One in four primary schools has no male teachers....

Posted on 31/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Cost of school uniforms rises

Parents are paying more to send their kids back to school. ...

Posted on 30/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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