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by Wirral News, November 30, 2010

A preparatory school in south Liverpool has cause for double celebration.Following its best ever results in secondary school entrance examinations it is again the only Merseyside prep school to figure in the Times Parent Power top 50 list, improving its standing from 34 last year to 22 in 2010. The Times guide looks at academic attainment in schools across the UK recognising the best performers in both the independent and state sector.
Liam Stoddart, 11, from Huyton’s Sylvester Primary School, and Nathan Rimmer, 16, from Wirral Grammar school for boys in Bebington have become official “Young Ambassadors” – for FilmClub, an education charity.They are two of 35 talented school children selected from hundreds of youngsters to represent the organisation at film industry events

Bangor Grammar School head in prep schools warning

by BBC, November 30, 2010

The principal of Bangor Grammar School has warned that other schools may face the same problems that forced it to plan the closure of its prep school.

Stephen Connolly said the decision to close Connor House next June had been forced by falling enrolment.

He said the school had tried to deal with the issue as quickly as possible and was sorry if parents thought the decision had been badly handled.

Top girls school becomes an academy

by Chelmsford Weekly News, November 30, 2010

CHELMSFORD County High School for Girls will be an academy from next year.

The top performing grammar school will be independent of local authority control and be funded by central government from January 1.

The move has followed months of consultation with staff, parents, students, local schools and the local authority.

It is the first school in Chelmsford to become an academy.

Higher tuition fees but only if you are English

by Telegraph, November 30, 2010

The Welsh Assembly government announced that it would heavily subsidise the degree courses of about 90,000 students each year, even if they studied at universities in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
It means that Welsh students will pay about £3,200 a year to attend university, while the English will be charged up to £9,000 under Coalition reforms. English students taking courses at Welsh universities will still have to pay full fees.

Nick Clegg urges students to see 'true picture' on fees

by BBC, November 30, 2010

Nick Clegg has urged students to reflect on the "true picture" about government plans to raise tuition fees.

Ahead of expected protests, the deputy PM said graduates in England on lower incomes would be better off than now.

It was "crucial" people realised there would be no up front fees and repayments would begin at £21,000.

What's it like inside a university occupation?

by BBC, November 30, 2010

Students in University College London are into the seventh day of their occupation, part of the biggest wave of campus unrest for years.

The walls of the large room being occupied are covered in banners, slogans and messages of support.

Philosopher Noam Chomsky has sent his regards from the United States. Billy Bragg, whose albums are older than many of his audience, has put in an appearance.

Hundreds Of Schools Shut As Snow Blankets UK

by Yahoo News, November 30, 2010

Almost every corner of the UK woke up to between 2cm and 10cm of snow this morning, with the East Coast worst hit by flurries and sub-zero temperatures.

The freezing conditions that have paralysed much of Scotland and the North East spread overnight to the Midlands before moving on towards the South East and London.

More schools opt for academy status

by The Westmorland Gazette, November 29, 2010

Classified as Academies.

CHANGE is sweeping across the region’s secondary schools with the anouncement that three more schools are in the process of becoming academies.

Governors at Queen Katherine School in Kendal have voted unanimously to start the application process to become an academy school.

Kirkbie Kendal School governors are meeting to discuss whether to proceed with an application and Lancaster Royal Grammar School announced the school would change at the beginning of February next year.

Cambridge University students refuse to abandon sit-in

by BBC, November 29, 2010

Dozens of students have refused to end a sit-in at Cambridge University organised to protest about the rise in tuition fees.

They are trying to persuade the university to oppose the rise.

On Tuesday 1,000 people are expected at another march in the city, as Look East's Anna Todd reports.

Maths and physics ´will be impacted´ by new teacher training reforms

by SFS Group, November 29, 2010

Maths and physics will be impacted by new teacher training reforms which bar university students from funding for their teaching courses unless they have a 2:2 degree, an expert says.

In maths and physics, there is a higher number of teachers with third class degrees compared to other subjects and the new restrictions will hit those areas significantly, according to a representative from the Institute of Education.

Shopping vouchers for walking to school

by Telegraph, November 29, 2010

Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, will unveil the walk-for-rewards initiative as part of the Coalition's white paper on public health on Tuesday.
It will contain a raft of measures aimed at "nudging" people to take better care of themselves, after Mr Lansley concluded that "radical action" was needed to improve the nation's health.
Under the scheme, pupils will be issued with electronic swipe cards that they use to touch receivers on lampposts between their home and school, in much the same way that Oystercards work on the capital's transport network.

Ofsted still finds badly behaved pupils and dull lessons at city academy

by The Star, November 29, 2010

A FAILING Sheffield academy is still struggling to improve with poor pupil behaviour and mundane lessons holding back progress.

Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor was placed in special measures by inspectors in July last year and has since received four follow-up checks.

The latest found inadequate progress since the previous visit - although progress overall since the summer of 2009 remains satisfactory.

Bluebirds back school pupils

by Wales On Line, November 29, 2010

A SECONDARY school has scored an innovative partnership with Cardiff City Football Club to help engage students in learning.

The Bluebirds have netted Mary Immaculate High School in Wenvoe free match tickets to reward top performers and students showing the best commitment.

Club captain Mark Hudson last week strengthened ties by visiting the school for a question and answer session with five students from each year group.

The defender spent more than an hour answering questions on a range of hot topics, including recent defeats against arch-rivals Swansea and Nottingham Forest.

Nearly half of schools 'failing' pupils with less than 2 hours' PE

by Scotsman, November 29, 2010

Nearly half of Scotland's primary schools are still not meeting the target of two hours of PE a week, according to new statistics published by the Scottish Government.
The figures show children at 55 per cent of primary schools are receiving two hours of PE a week compared to just five per cent in 2004-05.

The Scottish Government claimed the figures showed progress was being made on the target.

Ex-pupil suing council over exam failure

by Press and Journal, November 29, 2010

A BARRA teenager is suing the island’s high school for £50,000 after she failed her Higher English exam.

Marion McLeod, 17, has accused Western Isles Council chiefs of failing to ensure her class at Castlebay Community School was properly prepared for the exam, after just two pupils passed from a class of 11.

The teenager, who passed the three other Highers she sat, claims that failing the exam has damaged her long-term earning potential

She is now working as a fitness instructor at a hotel at Fort William, having been turned down for college courses.

Her lawyers have placed the council on notice that they intend to sue for £50,000.

Parents’ free school plan in place of Ryeish

by Get Wokingham, November 29, 2010

Parents unhappy at the closure of a Wokingham school are discussing the possibility of taking their children’s secondary education into their own hands.

Mums and dads of children who would have studied at the now-closed Ryeish Green School have put forward plans proposing the opening of a new secondary Free School in the local area.

Families say the closure of Ryeish Green this summer has resulted in the lack of a secondary school for youngsters living in Shinfield, Spencers Wood, Arborfield, Farley Hill and Swallowfield, with many now travelling to Woodley, Earley or Wokingham to attend classes.

Cornwall snow closes roads and schools

by BBC, November 29, 2010

Traffic is grid-locked and schools are closed in parts of Cornwall after reports of blizzard conditions in the west of the county.

The Met Office has issued a flash warning of severe weather with 5cm (2in) of snow expected in places.

Trevu Road in Camborne is closed in both directions between the B3303 South Terrace junction and the Fore Street junction, because of snow.

North Yorkshire schools close after heavy snow

by BBC, November 29, 2010

Dozens of schools across North Yorkshire have closed, as the region continues to be affected by widespread snow and ice.

More than 60 schools were shut on Monday, with conditions on many roads described as hazardous.

Two train services between York and London were cancelled on Monday, and the Northern Rail service between Whitby and Middlesbrough was suspended.

A severe weather warning issued for Yorkshire and Humber remains in place.

Revealed: The schools where English is a foreign language for 80% of pupils

by Daily Mail, November 28, 2010

Children who speak English as their first language are in a minority in a rapidly growing number of schools, figures reveal.
The surge has been most pronounced in London, where in some boroughs youngsters with a different mother tongue make up nearly 80 per cent of primary pupils.
However it is not confined to the capital. In Birmingham, Bradford and Leicester more than 40 per cent of pupils across all primary schools do not count English as their first language. Nationally, English is a foreign tongue to nearly one in six youngsters in primary schools.

Student occupations expected to increase

by Guardian, November 28, 2010

Sit-ins at sites including Oxford, Manchester and Edinburgh gather pace ahead of next national day of action.

Linked by Twitter, mobiles and old-fashioned printed flyers, 15 student occupations continued over the weekend and are set to grow before the national day of action on Tuesday

Part of the Bodleian library at Oxford, a major lecture theatre at Manchester and Appleton Tower at Edinburgh are among sites taken over for good-natured and inventive protests against the planned university fees rise and education cuts.

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