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[16 Jan 2020 | No Comment | 881 views]
Primary school begins fining parents

Primary school begins fining parents who are late to pick up children from the school gates. Almost 223,000 penalty fines were issued to parents for taking children on term time holidays in 2017-18.

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[19 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 312 views]

Teachers threaten to strike in pay and discipline dispute with Welsh Government
Union says Welsh government has failed to act since pay and conditions were devolved last year
ByAbbie WightwickEducation Editor
walesonline
16:35, 19 NOV 2019
NEWS
The union apologised to parents for the strike action
Teachers at Tonyrefail School went on strike over redundancies earlier this year – one of a number of strikes taken by NASUWT members in recent years. (Image: Rob Browne)
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[14 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 1,540 views]
Student strike

My views are that if they wish to protest do it on a Saturday so not interfering with school/college time.
Sadly their action reflects on all students many from 5 years upwards are working through their school in the community to make a difference, so let us ask all MPs to meet with their schools and bring forward to Parliament the outcomes in a correct and legal debate in the House.
Not an example for a respected and senior country to set to the world just another attempt by Unions …

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[6 Jul 2018 | No Comment | 1,098 views]

‘I want to be clear right now – this is not okay. Special educational needs pupils are not someone else’s problem’
Eleanor Busby Education Correspondent Independent
The education secretary has spoken out against the practice of “off-rolling”, which sees schools exclude children with special educational needs through the back door – often in order to improve their league table position.
Damian Hinds made the intervention after hearing what he said were “many stories” of schools using informal exclusions to get rid of pupils with educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and prevent them from …

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[1 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 1,366 views]
Sign Language for Deaf Children

‘This is a fantastic step in the right direction. The government has listened carefully to the powerful, passionate case made by deaf children’
Eleanor Busby Education Correspondent Independent

The call for British Sign Language to be taught in schools was debated in the Commons earlier this year
The call for British Sign Language to be taught in schools was debated in the Commons earlier this year ( Getty )
The government is “open to considering” a new GCSE in British Sign Language following a campaign.
The National Deaf Children’s Society has hailed the …

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[6 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 1,179 views]
Inset Day at End of Long Summer Holiday good or difficut

I was hoping to speak to any parents of school-age children who are irritated by the practise of schools adding inset days to the end of the summer holidays, creating child care problems.
I would treat any comments in complete confidence unless parents are happy to be quoted by name.
I would be grateful if any parent who is happy to chat could email me asap with a number on which I can reach them, or call me direct on 0203 615 3017 or 07836 673 924.
Many thanks, Jonathan …

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[4 May 2017 | No Comment | 843 views]
The Duke of Edinburgh retires

What an amazing man to have continued working for so many years the PTAs thank him for his support and commitment to the Parent movement . HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was a champion of Parent Teacher Associations for a number of years and was Patron of The National Confederation of PTA’s on our anniversary celebration he hosted a reception in Buckingham Palace and many parents from school PTAs across England & Wales were invited.

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 594 views]
Tax’ for children who bring in their own packed lunch

Sandwich tax’ supposedly goes towards cleaning and supervision in dining halls
School leaders said it was a sign of the ‘hard financial times’ their institution’s face
Department for Education called it ‘unacceptable’ and urged people to complain
By Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail
A growing number of state schools are charging pupils to eat their own packed lunch in the canteen, teachers warn
The so-called ‘sandwich tax’ costs parents up to £2 a day – which supposedly goes towards cleaning and supervision in dining halls.
School leaders said it was a sign of the ‘hard …

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[19 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 729 views]
Survey found 73 grammars favour children eligible for free school meals

By Eleanor Harding for the Daily Mail
Analysis has revealed 21 schools set places for pupils from low-income families.
Further 43 give some degree of priority in their over-subscription criteria

But some schools were doing ‘absolutely nothing’ to help the poor
Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted she will defy opposition to push through her plans for a new generation of grammar schools. Almost half of grammar schools now prioritise poor pupils in admissions and some reserve up to a quarter of places for the least privileged, new research shows.
A survey carried out by …

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[9 Sep 2016 | One Comment | 913 views]

9th September 2016
Theresa May will set aside decades of cross-party consensus in education policy by ending the ban on the creation of new grammar schools and attempt to head off critics by proposing measures intended to prevent poorer children losing out.
Change in rule permits established schools to become grammars, new Catholic schools to open and faith schools to choose pupils based on religion
The prime minister will end days of speculation by confirming that her government will reverse the “arbitrary” ban on the creation of new grammar schools that has been …

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