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Environment Agency help children to prepare for floods at school

The Environment Agency are running ‘Flood Weeks’ at schools in the North East of England to help children prepare for floods in their local areas.
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Families to save thousands thanks to tax-free childcare

A new scheme announced today (14th February), opens tax-free childcare up to eligible working parents who have children under 12 years old Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax-Free Childcare by visiting Childcare Choices. Parents can also access the government’s childcare calculator through Childcare Choices, which helps parents to...
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Speech, language and communication skills

Director of Education at I CAN, Deirdre Fitzpatrick turns the spotlight on speech, language and communication skills (SLCN) As I CAN’s Director of Education I’m proud to be able to say our schools, Dawn House School in Nottinghamshire and Meath School in Surrey, provide an environment where all children and...
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How can we reverse the teacher recruitment and retention crisis?

Emma Hollis, Executive Director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers sheds light on the issues around teacher recruitment and retention With issues around teacher recruitment and retention going way beyond discussions in staff rooms and school corridors and into the public eye, those of us at the heart...
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Parents being asked to contribute to school funding

New data shows that 40% of parents in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are being asked to regularly contribute to school funding
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Improving education in Scotland

Standardised assessments will help empower schools to tackle the attainment gap and drive improvements in education, the Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister (DFM) John Swinney underlines
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Exclude small council schools from apprenticeship levy, say LGA

The Local Government Association say small council schools should be exempt from the new apprenticeship levy just as small academies and faith schools are Small and academies and faith schools will be excluded from the new apprenticeship levy, but small council-maintained schools will be required to pay. The Local Government Association...
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Funds for school improvement as Ofsted issues annual report

The government announces new funding to tackle school improvement as Sir Michael Wilshaw says failure to address poor performance contributed to Brexit vote Education Secretary Justine Greening announced new resources this week aimed at increasing the number of good school places for children across the country. Additional funds are being...
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Music and arts investment to benefit young people

The government has today announced more than £300 million music and arts investment to benefit children and young people from all backgrounds The Department for Education believes “hundreds of thousands of young people from all backgrounds” will benefit from a multi-million pound music and arts investment announced today. The funding...
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Local councils need more power to improve schools

Local authorities should be given more control to improve schools that are struggling, according to a new report by the Local Government Association

Is inequality in educational systems ‘homemade’?

Inequality in educational systems is a complex issue based on interacting mechanisms, write Professor Dr Katharina Maag Merki and colleagues The way educational systems and schools are organised is of pivotal importance, not only for the development of young people, but for providing equal educational opportunities for all pupils. However,...

Sandwell Council issues £13k school term time holiday fines

Parents have been fined a total of £13,000 by Sandwell Council for taking their children out of school during term time New figures have revealed more than 200 parents received fines from Sandwell Council totalling £13,000 last year for removing their children from school during term time. The policy which allows...
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More free childcare would threaten nursery schools

Government plans to offer 30 hours free childcare per week could threaten nursery schools throughout England, say teaching union NAHT A teaching union has warned that government plans to increase free childcare provision to 30 hours a week could threaten nursery schools across England. The new funding formula, aimed at...
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LGA says school finances should be monitored by councils

Councils should be able monitor academy school finances to prevent taxpayers’ money from being used inappropriately, says the LGA
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GCSE results show a fall in grades

The release of the GCSE results today has revealed a significant fall in grades when compared to last year More than five million students have today received their GCSE results. Following the decline of the A-level results published last week it will undoubtedly be disappointing for the education sector to...
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Poor children losing out on outstanding school places

New analysis of official figures shows that outstanding school places in England are not being offered to poor children who live nearby A blog by Schooldash revealed that poor pupils were not offered outstanding school places and notably under-represented at schools rated outstanding by Ofsted. The study looked at the proportion...

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and its implications for education

Sandra Styres, Adjunct Professor and Dawn Zinga, Associate Professor and Chair at Brock University, highlight the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and outits implications for education “Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it’s a Canadian problem. It involves all of us” (Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC Chair) On Wednesday 11 June 2008, the then Prime...
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Teacher job adverts cost secondary schools £56m

According to new figures from Labour secondary schools spent a whopping £56m on advertising for teaching positions last year The recruitment crisis in teaching is not news; it is in fact an issue that has dogged the sector for some time now. However, the depth of the crisis has become...
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Oxfordshire schools sitting on £9m central government funding

Oxfordshire schools have come under fire for hoarding almost £9m funding from central government, rather than spending it on teaching

Ofsted issues warning about low education standards in East Midlands

Education standards in the East Midlands are distinctly second division, warns Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw highlighted figures showing the East Midlands as the worst performing region in the country on a range of key indicators. He warned that the low standards are expositing the educational fault line dividing the...

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