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General election 2015: Send us your schools questions for Ukip

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:13
What would you like to ask Paul Nuttall, the UK Independence party’s education spokesman? Tweet or email us your questions now for our readers’ interview Continue reading...

Dear Ms Morgan: The less we challenge the powerful, the more muscles they flex

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:50
The public seems to have accepted that you and your advisers can decide what constitutes a suitable education. As a result, you are doing whatever you want Continue reading...

Ofqual provokes government ire with decision to scrap science practicals

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:01

Exam regulator is scrapping lab work despite protestations from the scientific community and ‘deeply frustrated’ education minister Nicky Morgan

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Labour must do more to cater for gifted children, says Tristram Hunt

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 22:00

Shadow education secretary plans to establish independently administered fund to advise teachers on treatment of most talented children

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Thousands miss first secondary school choice as demand rises across UK cities

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 21:55

Camerons among families awaiting offer as figures show intense competition for school places in urban areas

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New Mexico high school students walk out in protest of new standardized test

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 21:23
  • Tests are aligned to Common Core standards adopted by 43 states
  • Critics say the exams distract from real learning, add stress and waste resources
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Thumping good salary

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 19:00

When teachers need a salary top-up

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Emwazi's university 'more scared of being Islamophobic than homophobic'

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 18:52

Former secretary of University of Westminster’s LGBT society says complaints about speakers booked by Islamic society were not treated seriously enough

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New counter-terrorism duties: what schools need to know

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 18:30

Schools now have a legal duty to prevent young people from being drawn to terrorism. Here are five key points every school leader needs to know about the new legislation

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How to teach ... Red Nose Day 2015

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 18:00

From flour-stained celebs to the People’s Strictly Come Dancing, Comic Relief celebrations are in full flow. Here’s how to get charity tins rattling in school

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Guardian university awards 2015: shortlist announced

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 17:28

We reveal which universities made the shortlist for their excellent initiatives across all 14 categories

University of Birmingham

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Labour’s fixation with tuition fees neglects the real issues in universities

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 17:24

Universities face threats to their part-time, postgraduate and international student numbers, but these issues have been pushed down the agenda

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Let's just admit it: Britain is a nation of moaners

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 17:04

You’d think people would be thrilled about the cost of education coming down or a mansion tax. Not a bit of it – what a difficult bunch we are to please

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Out and under attack in the south: Arkansas LGBT rights hit reverse

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 14:04

Conservative lawmakers doubling down on discrimination policies with religious ‘conscience protection’ as workers and students fear ‘for their very lives’

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Mohammed Emwazi was not radicalised at school, says ex-headteacher

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:55

Jo Shuter speaks out as government orders investigation into academy after reports that two other pupils went on to become Islamist fighters

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Measures to protect children's health strongly supported by public, poll finds

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 09:20

Almost two-thirds of Britons surveyed want ban on junk food TV ads until after 9pm, while three quarters want more to be done to help pregnant women cut down on risky behaviour such as drinking

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Schools discover the hidden cost of giving every infant a free hot dinner

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 08:15
As fewer parents now feel the need to sign up for free school meals, primary headteachers see their pupil premium funding slipping away

It’s six months since headteacher Emma Payne opened a new kitchen to provide hot meals for her pupils. The problems of starting up are in the past. But now there are new issues to deal with. Because the meals are free, fewer parents are claiming free school meals, and that is going to cost the school £9,240 in pupil premium.

“It’s mostly new reception parents who haven’t realised they need to sign up,” says Payne. “We’ve tried really hard to explain why claiming is important.”

Related: Free school meals: are the right children getting served?

In Birmingham last May 31% of reception children were claiming. In September that had slipped to 26%

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Camerons among 555,000 families awaiting secondary school offer

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 07:00

Increasing competition may leave many disappointed as parents, including the prime minister, await emails about whether their child achieves place of choice

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Many pupils are expelled illegally and not as a last resort, charity alleges

Mon, 02/03/2015 - 07:00

Too many exclusions involve children from minorities, with problem pupils jettisoned in schools’ race for ratings, says Communities Empowerment Network

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