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'Pinball kids experience too much change in care'

Image copyright Children’s Commissioner’s office Image caption Anne Longfield says too many children are being “pinged” around the care system Thousands of “pinball kids” are being moved around the care system with too much instability, the children’s commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield says nearly 2,400 children changed home, school and social worker during […]

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Head teacher banned for helping pupils cheat in SATs

Image caption Head teacher Karen Parker “bribed” pupils to sit their tests, the panel heard A head teacher has been banned from the profession indefinitely after helping pupils cheat in their SATs. Karen Parker, 55, “bribed pupils” and set off a fire alarm during exams at Robert Bruce Middle School in Kempston, Bedfordshire, a disciplinary […]

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Black applicants 'face more university fraud claims'

Image copyright Getty Creative Image caption Around 9% of students applying to universities are black Black students are more likely to have their university applications flagged for potential fraud or errors than any other ethnic group, according to data from the Ucas admissions service. Of the 5,160 forms flagged between 2013 and 2017, 52% were […]

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Twins in school: To separate or not to separate?

Image caption Twins: Is separation in school a good idea? Should twins be taught separately or kept together? Recent research says the decision on whether to separate twins should not be dictated by school policy but should be left to the families themselves. Here are the views of three mothers. Melissa, mum to seven-year-old twins, […]

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Grammar school tests: How do children cope?

England’s grammar schools are back on the agenda following a recent government announcement of £50 million for more places for disadvantaged pupils at selective schools. But the odds are still stacked against children who choose to sit the test, with up to four applicants for each place at some schools. How selection impacts on education […]

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Hotter years 'mean lower exam results'

Image copyright Getty Images In years with hotter weather pupils are likely to perform less well in exams, says a major study from researchers at Harvard and other US universities. There is a “significant” link between higher temperatures and lower school achievement, say economic researchers. An analysis of test scores of 10 million US secondary […]

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Free schools boost for England's worst-performing areas

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s free school programme is being redirected towards the worst-performing areas of England, particularly the North East. Ministers are targeting the next wave of about 35 new schools in the bottom third of lowest-performing areas. It comes after criticism that the free school programme has focused on the wealthier South […]

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First colleges to teach new vocational T-levels named

Image copyright Getty Images The first schools and colleges to teach new technical qualifications called T-levels have been announced. From 2020, they will offer teenagers in England courses in construction, digital, and education and childcare. Each course will include a three-month work placement and are intended as vocational alternatives to A-levels. Prime Minister Theresa May […]

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First colleges to teach new vocational T-levels to be named

Image copyright PA New T-level qualifications will help the UK “complete globally,” Prime Minister Theresa May has said. The first 52 colleges to teach the courses, intended as vocational alternatives to traditional A-levels, will be announced on Sunday. From 2020, they will teach courses in construction, digital, and education and childcare. A further 22 courses […]