Education

Abuse of teachers leading to 'millions' in compensation

Image copyright Getty Images UK teachers were awarded millions of pounds in compensation from schools last year after suffering “appalling treatment”, a union has claimed. The NASUWT teachers’ union said its members had received £14.9m over the past 12 months as a result of attacks, injuries and discrimination at work. One teacher received £10,000 after […]

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Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increasing numbers of children in poverty find it harder to learn, say teachers Poverty is harming children’s capacity to learn and it’s getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers. Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can’t sleep properly, struggle to learn says the […]

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Just 15% of new schools fitted with fire sprinklers

Image copyright PA The government has been accused of a “callous disregard” for pupils’ safety after admitting just 15% of new schools are being built with sprinklers to tackle fires. Schools minister Nick Gibb said 105 of the 673 schools built and open by February were fitted with sprinklers. The government said sprinklers were installed […]

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Unregistered schools given council funding

Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, Ofsted is warning. England’s education watchdog has called for tougher rules on tackling illegal “schools” with risks of poor conditions and a lack of safeguarding. Inspectors suggest 6,000 children are taught in such unregulated settings. But […]

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'I was the only girl in A-level electronics'

Image copyright Unknown Image caption Khadijah Ismail’s unusual A-level choice led to a top apprenticeship As a little girl Khadijah Ismail would spend hours watching aeroplanes through the window of the attic bedroom she shared with her sister near Manchester Airport. She even wrote the airport a letter “on fancy paper and everything”, giving her […]

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Ofsted chief accepted for 'settled status'

Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted’s head of research, who had complained of being “rejected” for “settled status” after Brexit, now says his application has been accepted. Prof Daniel Muijs, a senior figure in England’s education watchdog, is originally from Belgium but has worked in the UK for more than 20 years. His problems with applying […]

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UWE Bristol students 'sought help' before deaths

Image caption The report said eight students had sought help for mental health problems A report into the death of 14 students who had taken their own lives found eight had already sought help for mental health issues. The report, released by the University of the West of England, Bristol, into the deaths were mostly […]

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'Institutes of Technology' to boost skills training

Image copyright Getty Images The government has announced the locations of 12 “Institutes of Technology” in England, intended to provide high-quality skills training. The aim is to offer young people a vocational alternative to universities. Employers will support the institutes, most of which will be based around existing colleges and universities. The dozen include four […]