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GCSE results show north-south divide

A north-south divide in GCSE results across England has been highlighted by educational data specialist SchoolDash.

The organisation mapped provisional results for the last academic year on a map to see where attainment levels were highest ...

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General studies A-level gets the axe

The government has introduced new stricter criteria to ensure that British A-levels meet the high standards in the rest of the world. As a result of this, the general studies A-level has been abolished.

"It has not been possible to ...

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Bringing back books to UK schools

With everything digital being at the forefront of development, it's no wonder that computerised learning has become more popular than ever. Many UK educators believe that this is boosting results, however data released by Kaspersky Lab shows ...

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Mandarin to be taught at GCSE

5,000 more students will learn Mandarin by 2020, Chancellor George Osborne announced in a speech to the Shanghai Stock Exchange during his five day tour of China. 

A £10 million boost will be allocated to recruit and train ...

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Local authorities tackle shortage of school places

As the population continues to grow, so too does the demand for school places. With just over eight million students due to fill England's schools by 2023, local authorities are now putting plans in place to cope with this surge in ...

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Primary school results rise

The government has announced improved results in end of primary school tests taken by children in England. The figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that more pupils than ever have achieved the literacy and maths scores needed for ...

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Schools lose outstanding ratings

Over 100 schools previously deemed to be outstanding by Ofsted have lost that rating following changes to the assessment system placing greater emphasis on teaching....

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No Pens Wednesday

Teachers and pupils are being encouraged to put down their pens and master the art of verbal communication on Wednesday October 10th ...

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58% passed phonics test

Department for Education figures show that 42 per cent of children didn't reach required standard on phonics test at Key Stage 1...

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School meals 'proving popular'

The number of children eating school meals is on the rise, new figures show.

According to the School Food Trust, 44.1 per cent of children in primary school and 37.6 per cent of secondary school pupils had school meals over the last ...

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Boys underachieve in co-ed schools, says head

Boys are underachieving in co-ed schools, according to City of London School head David Levin, who blames the 'feminisation' of the curriculum for fuelling a widening gap between the attainment results of girls and boys...

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Teachers vote to strike

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have both voted in favour of taking strike action over government plans to increase pension contributions....

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Teenagers 'need better maths skills'

Many universities are being forced to reduce the maths requirements on their courses because an increasing number of teenagers are leaving school without a good knowledge of the subject, it has been suggested....

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Government announces SEN shake-up

The government has published a green paper detailing its plans for reforming the education and support available to children with special educational (SEN) needs....

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Gove accused of failing schools

Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham has accused education secretary Michael Gove of failing schools with his "obsessive drive" to push through reforms....

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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). ...

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Boys and girls 'should be educated apart'

Boys and girls develop at different rates and should be educated apart, it has been suggested. Alison Morris, editor of said that more gender-targeted teaching could help both sexes flourish....

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New academies open

142 schools will convert to academies over the coming year, the Department for Education has announced. These include seven primary schools....

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Poll shows Labour 'more popular on education'

A new poll has found Labour's plans for the education sector are more popular with potential voters than those of their main opposition parties, in news which may be of interest to people in education jobs....

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Government backs civic service concept

Young people could be required to undertake some form of civic duty rather than simply leaving school and going into a full-time job under new plans being advocated by the government....

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'Tougher maths' set for science exams

New proposals have been introduced to make GCSE science exams require a higher standard of maths in order to achieve the top results following complaints from scientists over the issue....

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Sex ed opt out lowered

The age at which parents can take their child out of sex education classes has been reduced from 19 to 15, the government has announced....

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A-levels 'should be a week earlier'

Sixth form exams should be sat a week earlier to ensure students are not denied places at university because they have missed the deadline for applications, says an education watchdog.


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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....

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New book focuses on special needs

A new book being launched in Scarborough has been written by a former special needs teacher and is designed to encourage people to look at issues from the perspective of a child with special educational needs....

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Recession 'hitting school clubs'

School clubs providing breakfast and after-school services that are designed to help parents while they are at work are under threat because of a lack of funding, it has been claimed....

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Tories consider league table overhaul

The Conservatives are looking at reviewing the current secondary school league table system in an effort to put greater emphasis on subjects perceived to be harder, such as maths and science....

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Children 'need time to play'

Participating in "play" is a key area of any child's development and should attract educational attention, according to one specialist project. ...

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Kent schools off to French final

A number of pupils from Kent primary schools will be competing in a sports competition organised by the Pas-de-Calais Sports Union of Physical Education in Calais, France this month....

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