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Things Parents Should Never Tell Students on Results Day

It`s almost too long ago for me to remember the day I got my exam results, but I`m sure that for all students the long wait for their papers to be...

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Primary School Pupils Taught T`ai Chi to Combat Exam Stress

My doctor recently recommended I join a gym, but when I visited my local health club all the activities looked a little too strenuous for my delica...

13 days ago
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Students Choosing to Take a Gap Year After Graduation

Back in the dark ages when I completed my sixth form, it was fairly common for students to take a `gap year` before attending university. This enta...

21 days ago
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Are Teachers Suffering During the Long Summer Holidays?

Who can forget the feeling at the beginning of the school summer holidays? The sound of the school bell announcing 6 whole weeks of freedom? I can...

28 days ago
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Rising Rental Costs Leads to Students Struggling to Pay Bills

Most students leaving home to study at university will spend their first year living on campus. This is accommodation on university grounds, with s...

33 days ago
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Schools Closing Early for the Weekend to Save Money

s most people are aware we are still suffering through austerity, with significant cuts to most public sectors, including the police force, and the...

41 days ago
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Teach Children About Finances

A 2018 study conducted by Salary Finance, a savings and loans company, found that over three quarters of people polled were worried about their fin...

49 days ago
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Encourage Children to Read for Fun

The importance of reading to a child is of course known to all - parents are encouraged to read to their young children during their time at nurser...

56 days ago
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Secondary Schools

Another A-Level Maths Paper Leaked Just Before Exam

Many students may have enjoyed an unfair advantage in their A-levels last month, as it was revealed a Maths paper was leaked online some time befor...

63 days ago
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Many Deaf Students Considering Dropping out of University

A recent poll carried out by the National Deaf Children`s Society (NDCS) suggests a lack of support for deaf students at university is driving many...

69 days ago
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Schools Turn the Volume Down on Classical Music

t has long been known that music has a restorative power, being able to soothe and relax. As the popular phrase goes: `Music has charms to soothe a...

87 days ago
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Ofsted`s Suggestion to Overcoming Exam Anxiety

Ofsted`s suggestion to overcoming exam anxiety: don`t tell children they are actually taking a test.

Examinophobia, the fear of taking ex...

3 months ago
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Exams Are Approaching - Top 5 Revision Tips

It`s that dreaded time of year once again - for thousands of pupils across the country, the exams that were safely far away in the future are now a...

3 months ago
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Parents of Every Child in Primary School Class Boycott Sats Tests

The parents of Year 2 pupils at Bealings primary school have staged a protest over the Sats tests their children are obliged to sit. Such is the st...

3 months ago
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Growing Scarcity of Older Teachers in Schools

I was a school pupil back in the 70`s and 80`s, and I remember many of my teachers being of somewhat `advanced` years. Of course to a child or even...

3 months ago
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Secondary Schools

Almost 50,000 Children Leave School Without any Explanation

The Education Policy Institute, a think tank based in Westminster, has just released research that suggests almost 50,000 children have disappeared...

3 months ago
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Teachers urged to take good care of their most important teaching tool:

A classroom may well be the perfect incubation vessel for viruses and bacteria. Every weekday it`s filled with an assortment of children, who cough...

4 months ago
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Ofsted Grades are Misleading, and Often Inaccurate

With no way to objectively assess how good one school is over another many people will simply rely on anecdotal evidence. Parents may select a scho...

4 months ago
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Older Teachers Being Bullied Out of Schools to Save Money

The NASUWT teaching union have highlighted the growing occurrence of older teachers being `bullied out of schools.` A recent report has disclosed t...

4 months ago
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Booking a Holiday? Don`t Incur a Fine by Making Your Child Miss School

In case you missed the news bulletin, spring officially began last Wednesday, on the 20th march. The long winter is finally over, and people are al...

4 months ago
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Autistic Pupil Left With No School Place for 12 Months

My cousin is autistic, and from what I have heard attends an excellent state school, which provides a lot of understanding and support. The SEN and...

5 months ago
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Should All Exams be Taken and Submitted Using Computers?

A friend of mine is a university examiner - she works for OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Exams). My understanding was that her job entailed compili...

5 months ago
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Teachers Top the List for Unpaid Overtime

For many years I was in the financial sector, working on average around 10 hours a day, often for six or seven days a week. It was a strenuous prof...

5 months ago
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PISA Chief Says There is No Purpose in Teaching Children How To Code

The PISA chief has announced that coding, a recent addition to the UK`s national curriculum `will be outdated very soon.` PISA is the OECD`s (Organ...

5 months ago
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Financially Struggling Universities to be Bailed Out, Says Labour

We have all heard the slogan `Too big to fail` - the assertion that certain institutions, primarily financial ones, are so interconnected and vital...

6 months ago
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Four Year Old Children Risk Falling Behind

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has revealed, in report published last month, that a quarter of early years teachers possess no qualifications...

6 months ago
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On-site Accommodation for Teachers

Rules may be relaxed permitting schools to build on-site accommodation for teachers

There are indications that certain planning regulations...

6 months ago
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Are Unconditional Offers a blessing or a curse?

I can remember receiving an unconditional offer from my chosen university, and joking with my parents that I didn`t need to revise for my exams. `W...

6 months ago
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More than half of teachers still haven`t received their promised pay rise

At the end of last year a pay award was handed out by the government, which promised to grant a pay rise for all teachers - 3.5 per cent increase f...

7 months ago
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Teaching equipment that`s now consigned to the history books

Teaching methods have of course altered dramatically over the centuries, but perhaps the last 50 years have marked the most significant changes in...

7 months ago
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School Reports Not Telling the Truth for Fear of Angering Parents

Aside from taking exams, the moment I most dreaded during my time at school was report day. In the evening my parents would travel to my school, and h...
7 months ago
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Secondary Schools

The End of Philosophy - and it`s all for Profit

It was with great dismay that I heard about the possible closure of the philosophy department at the university of Hull, the establishment I attend...

7 months ago
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Ofsted May Soon Give Schools Just Over 2 hours Notice

I was a teacher for more than 15 years, and certainly have many fond memories of my time in the profession. What I remember most strongly though ar...

8 months ago
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Poor Literacy Skills Amongst Schoolchildren

Two years ago a study revealed that as many as a quarter of all adults in the UK possess a literacy level of one or below. This means that they wou...

8 months ago
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New 2 Year Degrees Will Save Time and Money

A series of new government proposals could allow degrees to be completed in only 2 years. Any universities offering these accelerated degree course...

8 months ago
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Government Willing to Bail Out Some Universities

We are all used to reading about the government bailing out Banks when they face hard times, but what about universities? Can they expect the same...

8 months ago
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Making Lessons too Enjoyable Can Inhibit Learning

When I was training to be a teacher back in the late 1980`s we were all told that we had to make lessons fun. Children learn through playing, so th...

9 months ago
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Working Hours for UK Teachers

A recent study published by the Global Teacher Status Index shows that teachers in Britain are working more hours per week than nearly anywhere els...

9 months ago
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Music lessons in danger of disappearing from schools

I can vividly remember having enjoyed music lessons throughout primary school, and indeed the first few years of secondary school up to GCSE. Admit...

9 months ago
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Schools excluding pupils to protect their ranking in league tables

I attended a well known school that was acclaimed for its consistant high standing in academic league tables. It boasted impressive figures that pr...

10 months ago
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30 year old pupil reported to the Home Office

An interesting news story caught my eye this week. It concerned a 30 year old man, who had surreptitiously managed to gain admittance to secondary sch...
10 months ago
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Positive Link Between Literary Activity and Mental Health

New research from the National Literacy Trust (NLT) charity has made a strong case for a positive link between literary activity and mental health....

10 months ago
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Six Ways to Start the School Year Like a Champ

The inevitable return to school after the long summer holidays can be extremely daunting. At the beginning of the break the plentiful days of freed...

11 months ago
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What Options Does a Student Have After GCSE`s

In many ways GCSE`s mark a frontier in in an adolescent`s life. Discounting the possibility of any earlier, precociously acquired accolades, the ma...

11 months ago
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England`s Schools Facing a Severe Teacher Shortage

For many years now there has been a teacher shortage in the UK. Back in 2016 the National Audit Office (NAO) confirmed in an extensive report that...

11 months ago
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A-Level Results Day Looms

A-level Results day looms, but is the predicted grade system hopelessly out of date?

All around the UK tens of thousands of students are ea...

12 months ago
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Pay Rise for Teachers

After a long pay freeze teachers are to receive as much as a 3.5% raise

Ever since 2013 teachers have had to endure their pay increases bei...

12 months ago
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Huge Surge in School Expulsions

Astonishing new figures from the department of education show that there has been a 15% rise in the number of pupils who were expelled from state s...

13 months ago
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Minecraft is Bringing Literary Worlds to Children

Most parents want their children to read more and play video games less. It would be hard to imagine a parent telling their child `put that book do...

13 months ago
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Short Sightedness

A study conducted by the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, and recently published in the British Medical Journal, make...

13 months ago
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UK Childminders

The problem of childcare is a perennial one for working parents. Who takes care of the children during the day while they are at work? The situatio...

13 months ago
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Most Students Say No to Drugs in Favour of Study

With all the negative stories in the media at moment - indeed always, what else is newscasting but a quotidian horror-show - it's nice to find a st...

14 months ago
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Visual and Auditory Learners

People are commonly classified as being either visual or auditory learners. If you are a visual learner you will understand information with greate...

14 months ago
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Emojis Help Children Understand Shakespeare

Teachers are turning to Emojis to help children understand Shakespeare

A growing number of teachers are using emojis as a tool to help thei...

14 months ago
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Ban on Watches

A new school rule will be enforced this summer - students will be banned from wearing wristwatches of any kind during their GCSE and A-level exams....

15 months ago
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World`s Best Teacher

`World`s best teacher` says the arts can save pupils from gang crime

A teacher from Alperton Community School in Brent has made the claim t...

15 months ago
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University Fees

University Fees - are they making higher education a privilege only the affluent can afford?

Should education be free? Is education a rig...

15 months ago
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Vocabulary Deficiency

Students afflicted by a `Vocabulary deficiency` say UK teachers

A report commissioned by the Oxford University Press has found that many sc...

16 months ago
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Mental Health of Students

There is growing concern about the mental health of students at school and university, with many teachers, parents, and doctors claiming that they...

16 months ago
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Children Swiping Pages of Real Books

Children distressed that they can`t swipe the pages of real books

There are numerous reports from teachers at receptions schools and nurser...

16 months ago
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Turn Off the Music

Headphones and earphones are now so ubiquitous we hardly take notice of them, but future historians may well regard these micro speakers as the beg...

17 months ago
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Attacks on Teachers Has Reached Shocking Levels

It seems barely a week can pass without another school shooting in America - and while we may think ourselves lucky that our children are not under...

17 months ago
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Make Reading the Focus of World Book Day

I had become aware that the 1st of March was some kind of `dress down` day for schools, for every year I would see schoolchildren attired in fancy...

17 months ago
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Start Exams From a Younger Age

Make children take more exams from a younger age to combat mental health disorders

Schools Minister Nick Gibb, addressing a joint hearing o...

18 months ago
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What is 8 x 9?

What is 8 x 9? School`s Minister Nick Gibb`s answer: `I`m not going to get into this.`

School`s Minister Nick Gibb faced an embarrassing si...

18 months ago
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Pupils Must Be Taught How To Make and Use Apps

The former Work and Pensions Minister Damian Hinds has been appointed the new Education Secretary, after Justin Greening resigned earlier this mont...

19 months ago
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Choosing a Primary School

Parents had until the 16th of January to select a primary school for their child. For many parents this date has been looming ominously for months...

19 months ago
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Secondary Schools

Cheating Using Mobile Phones

With so much importance being placed on just a few exams during their teenage years, is it really a surprise that that many pupils decide to try to...

19 months ago
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France Restrict Mobile Phone Use in Schools

Last week The French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that mobile phones will be banned in both primary and middle schools from Se...

19 months ago
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Lessons in Grammar

The University of Exeter has published a report stating that both primary and secondary schools are placing more emphasis on `grammatical acrobatic...

20 months ago
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Many Reception Shildren Can Not Sit Properly

Recent Ofsted inspectors have issued some dismaying news, saying that a third of five year olds lack the knowledge they should possess after comple...

20 months ago
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Home Schooling Regulations

Home schooling, or home education as it is actually termed in the UK, simply means a child receives all their education at home, either from tutors...

20 months ago
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Can Video Games Help Students Learn?

Many parents would say that their children spend far too much time playing computer games, and might wish they had as much enthusiasm for their stu...

21 months ago
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Emojis Could Soon be Appearing on Certificates

A secondary school in Kent has been censured for using emojis to display pupils` GCSE scores. St John Fisher Catholic School in Chatham displayed t...

21 months ago
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Robots, Virtual Reality, and the Future of Education

Virtual reality was all the rage in the early 90`s - it was the new `cool` technology. Not dry and academic like the PC`s that were beginning to cr...

21 months ago
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Teaching Coding to Primary Students

The National Curriculum underwent a major change in the September of 2014, with ICT (Information Communication Technology) becoming GCSE Computer S...

21 months ago
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Faith School Deemed to be Unlawful

Earlier this week Court of Appeal judges ruled that segregating boys from girls in a mixed school constitutes unlawful sex discrimination. The case...

22 months ago
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Some Good News Concerning Tuition Fees

Teresa May has just announced a freeze on the level of student university fees, while also raising the threshold at which the student loan debt mus...

22 months ago
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The Value of Studying Philosophy

Some commentators have judged a degree in philosophy to be `the most useless degree one can study for.` The number of students choosing to take thi...

23 months ago
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The Thoughtless Age

We are living in a world of ever increasing automation. This isn`t to say that technology is becoming a more integral part of our lives - that woul...

23 months ago
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Five Year High in University Clearing Figures

Predicted grades give a fair indication of what a student can expect to receive as their final mark. Of course these academic prophesies can can empow...
24 months ago
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Left Handed Children

The Latin word for being `left handed` is Sinestro - a term which hardly carries complementary connotations. The early ancient Greek word for left...

2 years ago
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Early Signs That Your Child is Gifted

Of course every parent knows their child is special. Sometimes other people don`t see just how perfect their little one is. Even teachers can fail...

2 years ago
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Children Excercise

Survey Shows Four out of five primary school children do not get recommended amount of exercise

Public Health England, an executive agency o...

2 years ago
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Teachers 1% Pay Cap

It has just been announced that teachers will have their pay capped to a 1% rise this year. Given that (as of April 2017) inflation stands at 2.6%,...

2 years ago
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School to Close at Lunchtime

Danemill Primary School in Enderby, Leicestershire, has recently announced that it will shortening its working week, closing at lunchtime every Fri...

2 years ago
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The top 12 Degrees that will Secure you a Job

With UK university graduates now enjoying the highest amount of debt in the world - an average of 44,000 - it is becoming increasingly prudent to...

2 years ago
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Cheating in exams with technology

Students have always sought new ways to cheat in exams. Ever since we have been testing them, making them sit quietly in lines of little desks, too...

2 years ago
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Different Leaning styles

In the 1970`s a number of different theories relating to learning and knowledge acquisition were proposed. The uniting characteristic of these theo...

2 years ago
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Class Sizes - Too Big or Too Small?

What is the ideal class size? Thirty seems to have become the normal number of pupils - but could this be too high, and even prove an impediment to...

2 years ago
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GCSE Grading System

From this summer the new GCSE grading system will be introduced. This will replace the traditional A* - G grades numbers: one through to nine, with...

2 years ago
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Primary School Children Learn Computer Coding

When I was a primary school student, back in the 1980`s, lessons in IT were nothing more than an hour a week being taught very basic word processin...

2 years ago
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Ofsted Plans to Examine the Social Media Sites of Parents and Pupils

Ofsted have announced that they plan to look at the social media sites of pupils and their parents to monitor whether the standards at their school...

2 years ago
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School Uniforms

Are school uniforms an overly authoritarian constriction on children`s identities? Straight jacks for their free self expression? Or are they a way...

2 years ago
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Mobile Phones in Schools

Mobile phones - the scourge of the school room. The dastardly object that every teacher is forever on the lookout for. Tell-tale signs of surreptitiou...
2 years ago
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Technical T-Level Qualifications

It is possible that many people, focusing more on the financial side of the report, missed the important education announcement in Wednesday`s budget....
2 years ago
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Fast Track Degree

Education ministers announced on Friday that Students will be given the option to choose a fast track, two year degree. Those choosing this condensed...
2 years ago
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Is Latin Coming Back?

A hundred years ago Latin classes were a feature of almost every school child`s education. Learning the way different verbs, nouns and adjectives were...
2 years ago
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Body Cameras at Schools

Teachers in two schools are trialing the use of body worn cameras, similar to those worn by the police. At least two schools in the UK are testing the...
2 years ago
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Is University for Everyone?

Ever since the era of Tony Blair, it has become an expectation that every young person should - indeed must - go to university. The previous Prime Min...
2 years ago
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By the Age of Six Girls May Be Intellectually Deferring to their Male Peers

A group of prominent US researchers have revealed the disheartening statement that school girls as young as only six are beginning to doubt their own...
2 years ago
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Compulsory Sex Education in Schools

Mp`s vote against Compulsory Sex Education in Schools

As the Law in Great Britain currently stands all state schools are required to cover th...

2 years ago
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Fake University Certificates

As printing techniques have improved over the years university certificates have come to resemble banknotes in the sophistication of their design. Emb...
2 years ago
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PISA Ranking

Many people will not be familiar with the PISA ranking system. With so many acronyms in the education sector - GCSEs OFCOM, etc - most have probabl...

2 years ago
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Primary schools

Changes to the KS2 Curriculum

Key Stage 2 defines part of the National Curriculum for pupils in year three through to year six, typically pupils aged between seven and eleven. The...
2 years ago
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Archeology

The AQA - assessment and qualifications alliance - announced in October that it would be removing both A-level and AS level Archeology from the syl...

2 years ago
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Secondary Schools

GCSE Grading Changes

The GCSE qualification is about to undergo a huge change as of August 2017. The changes relate to a new grading system as well as alteration to the...

2 years ago
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Schools

Grammar Schools

The topic of grammar schools has always been a contentious one - by having what is effectively an entrance exam, do they pave a privileged path for...

2 years ago
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Academies

Back in march 2016 the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan announced that all schools throughout the UK would be forced to become academies....
2 years ago
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