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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,854 views]
Delay school starting age until at least six, academic says

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Telegraph
11 Jul 2014
A Cambridge University psychologist says children in Britain are starting school too early, suggesting those who delay formal education until six or seven get better results
Children in the UK start school too early, says David Whitebread, from Cambridge University. Photo: Getty Images
The school starting age should be delayed until six or seven because early exposure to formal education is damaging children’s reading skills, a Cambridge academic has warned.
David Whitebread said pushing children into school reception classes from the age of four placed …

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[15 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Gove: Ideologically committed, utterly zealous, and hated | 1,499 views]
Gove: Ideologically committed, utterly zealous, and hated

Michael Gove was described by a headteachers’ leader yesterday as “radical and sincere” in his vision for education, but with prescriptions that were often “too hard to swallow”.

Mr Gove was certainly the most ideologically committed and zealous Education Secretary I have ever come across. (He is the 15th I have reported upon since starting to write about education.).  He was also the most hated by teachers’ leaders.
In his four years in office, he has managed to transform vast swathes of the education system. Some of his earlier reforms have already …

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[10 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 8,417 views]
Gove strikes a blow for British values

Daily Mail
10 June 2014
This was the day the Cabinet spat over hostile media briefings paled into insignificance, as the true nature and scale of the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal emerged in horrifying detail.
What has this country come to, when children at supposedly secular British state schools are indoctrinated into a ‘narrow, faith-based ideology’ inspired by an extremist interpretation of Islam?
How have we reached a point where non-Muslim pupils can be excluded from publicly-funded school trips to Saudi Arabia… or where taxpayers’ money is hijacked to set up an Islamist …

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[7 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 7,028 views]
Gove to ‘dock parents’ benefits for condoning truancy’

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is to announce a new crackdown on problem parents who fail to “face up to their responsibilities” by ensuring children attend school on time
By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
07 Jun 2014
Parents will be punished for failing to ensure children turn up to school “ready to learn and showing respect for their teacher” under plans to be outlined by Michael Gove.
The Education Secretary will say today that hard-line measures are needed to crackdown on parents who fail to “face up to their responsibilities”.
Full details of the reform …

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[7 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 2,291 views]
Gove May Be Moved From Education

BBC 7/6/14
Education Secretary Michael Gove has apologised to David Cameron over a row with Home Secretary Theresa May, whose special adviser Fiona Cunningham has resigned, Downing Street has said.
The two had clashed over ways to tackle extremism after reports of a hardline Muslim plot in some Birmingham schools.
Mr Cameron had vowed to “sort out” the row, and asked Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood to investigate.
Mr Gove also apologised to Home Office counter terror chief Charles Farr.
The dispute emerged when those close to Mr Gove briefed the Times newspaper about his …

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[23 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 18,755 views]
Surge in admissions lotteries threatens children’s right to place at local school

Parentsoutloud say this was ever thus it nothing new look back on this site and you can read posts on school place lotteries some years ago…

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[7 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 8,155 views]
Save Childhood Movement launches ‘Too Much, Too Soon’ Campaign

Movement calls for a stop to all developmentally inappropriate policy making in early education
A collaboration of 127 early years experts and concerned supporters has united in signing an

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[23 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 5,609 views]
Schools celebrate success in GCSE league table of exam results

SECONDARY schools are celebrating after all of them in south and west Dorset saw an increase in the number of pupils…

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[30 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 24,400 views]
Minister’s call to ban smacking angers family groups: Campaigners say there are times when parents need to smack  their child

Maggie Atkinson say pets and adult continue to receive better protection. Children’s Commissioner says parents should face criminal action.

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[30 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 8,676 views]
Scrap the sibling rule, says regulator in bid to reduce burden on over-subscribed schools

• Office of the Schools Adjudicator warned some parents suffer disadvantages
• Their children are being squeezed out of classes by lots of siblings
By SARAH HARRIS
PUBLISHED: 23:40, 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 00:44, 30 November 2013
Popular schools should consider scrapping priority for younger brothers and sisters because it is unfair to local families, it was suggested yesterday.
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) warned that some parents suffer ‘disadvantages’ because their children are being squeezed out of classes by lots of siblings.
They fail to gain places at nearby over-subscribed schools as families with …

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