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[9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 1,587 views]
Exam Boards under Pressure

By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor
07 Jan 2016
Exam boards have come under pressure to cancel exams on the day of a Jewish festival, which falls in the middle of the exams season, following a decision to bring forward tests to fit in with Ramadan.
“Each year the timetable is reviewed to ensure it meets the current needs of students, schools and colleges. This review includes a consultation and considers comments from a wide range of stakeholders including schools, colleges and religious groups. However, each year there are only minimal changes.”
Joint Council for …

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[6 Dec 2015 | No Comment | 3,150 views]

By Quentin Letts for the Daily Mail
Unmissable: The acting may not be spot-on, but nothing beats a children’s nativity play
Christmas has its modern rituals, some lovelier than others. There are the emotive telly adverts for John Lewis and there are the drunken office parties. Modern Christmas means Slade on Radio 2, mince pies on the canteen counter, town centre fairy lights being lit by minor soap stars.
But surely the most memorable, moving of Christmas customs in recent decades has been the primary school nativity play. I don’t recall us holding …

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[13 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 1,788 views]
Hackers now targeting all websites – protect your website quickly before it is too late

Don’t let hackers try to steal your website and hold your business or personal site to ransom. Make sure you back up your site now

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[29 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 3,407 views]
Sexist Language in Schools

School teachers are being urged to take sexist language as seriously as racist language, according to guidelines to be released to schools on Tuesday.
Phrases such as “man-up” will no longer be acceptable in a bid to counter sexist stereotypes.
The guidelines are based on a government-backed report from the Institute of Physics, which seeks to bridge the gender gap between science-based subjects in schools. The new “gender policies” are currently being trialled at a selection of schools in England before being rolled out.
Clare Thomson, from the Institute of Physics which was …

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[17 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 1,566 views]
Delayed school opening after 10 years of planning

You cold not make this up after 10 years of planning and with the foundation laid Dorset County Council Commissioning Manager – Premises writes to parents to say New Damers School on Poundbury Dorchester will now not open till Spring 2017 , not much chance of that I think. Did he not seal contractors into a price for the job overall and would he not have checked if it had increased 3 years obviously not and now has lost them and has to start all over again . One …

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[17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,429 views]
School to us all 5 INSET Days in one week

Telegraph 17th July 2015
A school will take all five inset days in the same week so parents can save money by taking their children away on holiday during term time.
Headteacher Catherine Barnett came up with the back-to-back training days for staff to help parents save up to £500 on their family holidays.
It breaks with tradition where schools are allowed to have five staffing training days – known as inset days – a year but normally spread them out.
Parents at 485-pupil Eveswell Primary School in Newport, South Wales, were told five …

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[11 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 3,400 views]
£60 fine for habitual lateness

daily Mail
Thousands of parents to be hit by £60 school fines if their children are repeatedly late for class
• Councils have issued warnings to parents to be punctual or face penalty
• Fines double to £120 if not paid within 21 days or parents face prosecution
• Almost 500 schools in Hampshire will implement rule from this September
• Council will impose fines if a child is late more than 10 times in one term
Thousands of parents are set to be hit by £60 fines if their children are repeatedly late to school
Schools are to fine parents …

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[6 Jun 2015 | One Comment | 1,387 views]
Time to stop homework

End homework it has got totally out of hand children are often in school from 8 am till late afternoon we then expect them to do homework often at secondary level 2 hours a night longer at weekend and then when they get a holiday they are set project ruining any quality family time they have. In the past we have criticized the Japanese for the stress they put their children under and the high rate of teenage suicide we in UK now equal them.
By 11 children are in …

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[7 May 2015 | No Comment | 928 views]

If you have received a letter from your child’s school telling you fines will be imposed if you child is late on a number of occasions Julie Henry would like to discuss with you for an article in the Sunday Times . Julie asks you please include name and phone number, in case I she has to get back to you .
The piece is running in this weekend’s Sunday Times.
07768 122 169
[email protected]

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