Education

Seven unlikely jobs heads do besides running schools

Image caption Head teacher Jim Nicholson teaches woodland skills to pupils They’re the most senior person on the staff and usually the best paid but head teachers increasingly find themselves doing tasks you wouldn’t necessarily associate with the role – from catering manager, to odd-job person, to emergency social worker. To an extent, heads have […]

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Excluded pupils’ results ‘to be part of league tables’

Image copyright Getty Images Schools in England will have to stay accountable for pupils they exclude, a government-backed review has said. It could mean school league table rankings having to include the exam results of pupils who have been excluded and moved elsewhere. The intention is to stop so-called “off-rolling”, where schools remove difficult or […]

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Beat your exam stress by running for success

Image caption Adriana says running is a stress relief Students are being urged to swap their revision notes for trainers this exam season to help with stress. As exams are approaching, England Athletics is launching its first #RunAndRevise scheme, which aims to encourage pupils to take a break from revision and support their mental health […]

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Teaching guidance on LGBT relationships too unclear, say heads

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Demonstrators outside Birmingham primary schools wanted an end to LGBT lessons Head teachers have challenged ministers to deliver better support for schools facing criticism from parents over lessons on same-sex relationships. The move follows weeks of protests outside schools in Birmingham. Head Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson told the National Association of Head […]

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Hinds asks heads how to solve special-needs budget squeeze

Image copyright Getty Images Schools are facing “knock-on pressure” as demand for special-needs support rises, England’s Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has admitted to head teachers. Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference, Mr Hinds asked for their advice on changes to special-needs funding. NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman called the current picture […]

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Obesity: How to help your child eat healthily

Image copyright Getty Images Across the UK, record numbers of children are obese – but one city appears to have bucked the trend. Figures presented at an obesity conference suggest Leeds has managed to reduce child obesity rates by 6.4% over recent years. A key part of the city’s strategy for tackling obesity was a […]

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Universities told to tackle race attainment gap

Image caption Sociology student Amna Atteeq says positive role models are crucial Universities must “accelerate efforts” to close a gap in degree attainment between white and black, Asian and minority ethnic students, a study says. Universities UK and the National Union of Students highlight a 13% gap between the chances of white and BAME students […]

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Warwick University students in exam mix-up

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Thousands of students at Warwick University are thought to have been affected Students will have to take exams up to six weeks earlier than expected after mistakes in a timetable. A provisional schedule for University of Warwick undergraduates was withdrawn in March due to inaccuracies. Students say just 6% of […]