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[6 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 7,595 views]
Schools should admit children at two, says Ofsted chief

Baroness Sally Morgan, the chairman of Ofsted, calls for a radical drive to raise standards of early education, including enrolling more children in school-based nurseries

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[6 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 22,370 views]
Inspectors to be sent into Muslim school that orders staff to wear the hijab amid concerns about its quality of teaching

• Ofsted investigating claims Al-Madinah School in Derby has replaced lessons with prayers
• Inspection due later this month brought forward ‘as a matter of urgency’
• Female pupils have to sit at the back of class and give up their place in queues for male classmates, it is claimed

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[12 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 4,683 views]
Start schooling later than age five

Graeme Paton Telegraph
Formal schooling should be delayed until the age of six or seven because early education is causing “profound damage” to children, an influential lobby of almost 130 experts warns.
Traditional lessons should be put on hold for up to two years amid fears that successive governments have promoted a “too much, too soon” culture in schools and nurseries, it is claimed.
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the group of academics, teachers, authors and charity leaders call for a fundamental reassessment of national policies on early education.
It is claimed …

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[17 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 23,448 views]
Nick Clegg: primary school tests for five-year-olds will not create ‘exam sausage factory’

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today denied planned school reforms would turn the education system into an “exam sausage factory”. Mr Clegg was forced on the defensive after announcing proposals which could see five-year-olds tested for the first time and

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[3 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 16,001 views]
Schools urged to do more for children with parents in jail of jailed parents

Richard Garner Independent
Children with a parent in prison are twice as likely to be disruptive in school and face mental health problems later in life, says a report to be

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[8 May 2013 | No Comment | 5,769 views]
School starting age campaigners welcome progress in Northern Ireland

A group of campaigners who want a more flexible approach towards the school starting age in Northern Ireland have welcomed an undertaking by their local Education Minister to consider their case

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[17 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 2,142 views]
Shakespeare to be celebrated in schools with children as young as five

Shakespeare week will mark the Bard’s 450th birthday
Plans for an annual national Shakespeare week – to be launched next year on the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth – will be announced tonight.
The idea is to allow children from the age of five at……

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[4 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 1,805 views]
Teachers to demand maximum 20 hours a week in classroom

Richard Garner Independent April 2013
Teachers are to demand a new contract limiting them to spending just 20 hours a week in the classroom.
The move was agreed at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Liverpool as part of a demand for a 35-hour week for the profession.
Delegates said research had shown the average working week for a primary school teacher was 50.2 hours a week – and that of a secondary school teacher 49.9.
“We’re fed up with arriving at 7.45am and we’re there until 6.30pm,” said Richard Rose, a …

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[18 Mar 2013 | One Comment | 28,515 views]
Teachers to stage most sustained period of strike action in schools for more than two decades

Richard Garner Independent
Schools across the country are likely to be affected by the rolling programme of walkouts, which will begin in summer term
Schools face a summer and autumn of discontent with teachers’ leaders unveiling plans for the most sustained period of strike action in more than 20 years.
The country’s two biggest teachers’ unions – the National Union of Teachers and National Association Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers announced a rolling programme of industrial action region by region which will cover schools throughout England and Wales by the end of the …

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[3 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 2,619 views]
Historians back Gove lessons plan

Express 27th Feb
Plans for a new history curriculum by Education Secretary Michael Gove have been given a ringing endorsement by some of the UK’s leading historians.
Dr David Starkey is one of 15 leading historians who have commended Michael Gove’s plans for a new hIn a letter published in The Times newspaper 15 historians, including David Starkey, Niall Ferguson and the Tory MP Chris Skidmore, commended Mr Gove’s controversial plans to have topics taught in chronological order, saying it has “long been needed” and is a “welcome” idea.
The new curriculum would …

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