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Integrated school to use transfer tests

Image copyright Google MAPSImage caption The all-ability post-primary school has been open since 1997 An integrated school in County Down wants to use academic selection tests to admit some of its pupils. Strangford Integrated College currently admits 35% of Year 8 pupils to a “grammar stream”. They use evidence of academic ability for this, including […]

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Schools admit informally excluding pupils

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Informal exclusions are unlawful A dozen schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have admitted informally excluding pupils at some stage last year, the BBC has learned. BBC News asked more than 1,000 secondary schools whether they informally excluded children last year, using Freedom of Information requests. And six schools […]

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Expensive designer coats ban at Merseyside school

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Several brands including Canada Goose are covered by the ban A school in Merseyside has banned pupils from wearing expensive designer coats in a bid to stop “poverty-shaming” among its students. In a letter to parents, Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead said pupils would not be allowed to wear branded […]

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‘Offensive’ student T-shirts are ‘hate speech’

Image copyright Getty Images A students’ union officer who leaked photos showing students wearing “offensive” T-shirts says what was written on them was “hate speech”. Members of a Lancaster University sports club were pictured wearing outfits with slogans which referenced child abuse and rape. The officer says she leaked the photos because an investigation by […]

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School delay call for summer-born pupils in Wales

Image copyright evgenyatamanenko/Getty Images Parents are calling for more flexibility over when summer-born children can start primary school in Wales. Campaigners say they should be allowed to start reception classes later than aged four to give them time to develop and catch up with their peers. They want ministers to issue councils with stronger guidance […]

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Help for trauma in childhood ‘fragmented’

Image copyright Getty Images Early intervention to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse or neglect is “fragmented and variable” across England, MPs warn. The Science and Technology Committee says more help in the formative years can help stave off mental health problems in later life. The committee is urging the […]

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‘Schools should have consistent policy on phones’

Image copyright Children’s Commissioner’s OfficeImage caption Anne Longfield urges schools to be bold about phone use Pupils in schools where smartphones are banned like being free of the associated pressures, says England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. Ms Longfield said schools across England should have a consistent approach to the use of mobile phones. She told […]

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‘Controversial’ ideas to be given outlet

Image copyright Pic by John CairnsImage caption Prof Jeff McMahan said there is a need for more open discussion Academics who are frightened to explore controversial topics, in case it provokes a backlash, will soon have a safer route to publish such work. An international group of university researchers is planning a new journal which […]