Education

Migrants have raised school standards in London, says Gove

Image copyright PA Image caption Michael Gove says refugee families can be the most motivated for their children’s education Immigration has been a key reason behind London’s high achievement in school standards, the former education secretary Michael Gove has said. Addressing an international education conference, Mr Gove highlighted the importance of immigrant and refugee families […]

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Sandbach school funding protest by parents

Image copyright Jonathan White Image caption Parents are angry at the proposed changes which they claim will leave their children worse off Hundreds of parents have taken part in a protest march against what they claim are “unfair” school funding plans. The government has announced a new national formula for schools to address “inconsistent” funding […]

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Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people need to be able to identify reliable information, says the OECD Schools should teach young people about how to identify “fake news”, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education director. Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such “global competencies” in the next round […]

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'Shocking' cut

Image copyright Rendell School Leicestershire schools are among the lowest funded in England – and yet almost half of them will lose under the new formula. Worst-hit is Rendell School in Loughborough, serving an area which is among the poorest 30% in England. Almost two-thirds of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. It is a […]

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Head teacher retains powerlifting title

Image copyright Lynda Banks Image caption Lynda Banks took up powerlifting three years ago A primary school head teacher has retained a British powerlifting championship title for the third year running. Lynda Banks, 51, competes in the sports’ Masters 2 class, which is open to 50 to 59-year-old competitors. The head of Inverness’ Smithton Primary […]

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Illegal low pay for 20,000 nursery staff – claim

Image copyright Getty Images Up to 20,000 nursery workers are illegally being paid below the minimum wage in England, analysis of government data by a childcare charity suggests. Department for Education data shows 10% of nursery staff earn less than £7.20 an hour the minimum for over-25s. The Family and Childcare Trust says the government […]

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Record levels of poverty in working families

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most child poverty now is in families with a working parent More than two-thirds of children in poverty in the UK are in working families, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. This is more than ever before in figures going back 20 years – up from […]