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[5 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 4,200 views]
Revealed: The real shortage of school places

Richard Garner , Megan Byrne , Avinash Tharoor Independent
Sunday 30 June 2013
Rise in birth rate in the UK has put primary schools under pressure to meet demand
Thousands of parents have not yet found a state primary school for their children for the start of the new school year in September. A survey completed by 59 of the 150 local councils in England revealed that more than 3,600 parents were still on their books as having not yet accepted a state school place. A handful, just over 100, had not …

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[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 8,267 views]
Children lose out after primary schools fail to keep up with soaring demand for pupil places

Richard Garner Independent
Education Department blamed as libraries and play areas are turned into makeshift classrooms
Primary schools have had to sacrifice music rooms, libraries and even outdoor play space to cram in extra classrooms to cope with a massive shortage of places, MPs warn today.
Even poorly-performing schools face having to expand to take in extra pupils, the influential Commons public accounts committee reveals in a hard-hitting report.
It accuses the Department for Education of failing to identify the rising demand for school places in time. As a result, a total of 256,000 …

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[22 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,194 views]
Revealed: Big rise in number of children in classes of more than 30 pupils

Richard Garner
Friday, 21 June 2013
Education Department figures reveal a 50% jump in larger classes for five- to seven-year-olds
The number of five-to seven-year-olds taught in classes of more than 30 pupils has risen by 50 per cent in the past year, new figures from the Department for Education reveal.
They show that 71,935 children are taught alongside 30 other pupils – compared with just 47,290 a year ago and 28,875 four years ago, prompting claims from teachers that ministers are failing to address an acute shortage of school places.
Outlawing classes of …

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[8 May 2013 | No Comment | 5,784 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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[1 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 1,648 views]
Defiant Head Teachers Ramp up the Cold War with more School Closurers

Tony Halpin Times
January 23 2013
Thousands of head teachers defied Michael Gove and closed their schools yesterday despite a warning from the Education Secretary that they

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[4 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 1,840 views]
A School with a Difference?

A former investment banker is spearheading a controversial plan to open the UK’s first free school dedicated to mixed-ability teaching,

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[10 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,954 views]
Teachers defend ‘essential’ six-week summer holiday

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Telegraph
10 Apr 2012
A six-week summer holiday for schools is “essential” to give hard-pressed teachers

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[6 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments | 5,863 views]
Teachers’ strikes could start as early as summer term

Richard Garner Independent
Friday 06 April 2012
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference will tomorrow be urged to back a move for widespread regional action across England and Wales following a one-day by London teachers last month.
The union is incensed at the Government’s decision to increase pension contributions and the retirement age while holding down teachers’ pay.
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT, said: “It is absolutely clear that teachers don’t accept the changes that the Government are making.
“For the first time since the 1930’s teachers will …

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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 2,165 views]
School meals drive ‘short-sighted’

ALISON KERSHAW INDEPENDENT
Poorer parents are being let down by some “short-sighted” schools that are encouraging them to sign up for free dinners to gain extra Government funding, campaigners suggested today.
The School Food Trust (SFT) is raising concerns that some schools in England are asking eligible parents to sign up for dinners they do not intend to take in order to boost the amount of money they can get under the new pupil premium. SFT chief executive Judy Hargadon warned that schools are being “short-sighted” and said the Government was …

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[26 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,780 views]
School Lotteries Hitting the Middle Class

By Steven Swinford, and Peter Hutchison Telegraph 25 Feb 2011
Schools in more than a third of council areas are selecting low-ability students or using lotteries in an attempt to break the middle-class hold on the most sought-after places.
On Tuesday parents of almost 540,000 children in England will find out which secondary school their son or daughter will go to in September
The number of authorities where such admission policies are used has increased sharply as competition for the best schools has intensified, a survey by The Daily Telegraph has found.
The …

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