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'I'm scared to go to school': More children than ever seek counselling for online bullying

by Telegraph, November 14, 2016

The number of children needing counselling for online bullying has increased by 88 per cent in five years.

The NSPCC's Childline service counselled 4,541 children this year, which was 13 per cent more than the previous year.

Children as young as seven told Childline how they were scared to go to school after being bullied.

Outrage as children as young as three are taught about racial prejudice and human rights at school

by Daily Mail, November 14, 2016

.New social education program is teaching preschoolers about race
.It is aimed at educators at childcare centres and primary schools
.It has been downloaded more than 11,000 times over the past month
.The program has been criticised for targeting children at a young age

A new social education program focusing on 'tackling racial prejudice' is being criticised for targeting three-year-old children.
The Australian Human Rights Commission program offers teachers in childcare centres, preschools and primary schools materials such as laminated mats and paints in different skin tones and responses to racial questions children may pose, including 'Why did Ned call me an A**?', according to The Herald Sun.

Three in five children not taught about money

by Moneywise, November 14, 2016

Fewer than half of children aged seven to 17 are learning about financial education at school, despite it now being part of the national curriculum, according to new research from the Money Advice Service (MAS).

It also found that a third of 16- and 17-year-olds had never put money into a bank account, 39% didn’t have a current account at all, and 59% didn’t know how to read a pay slip.

Top authors call for school libraries to be protected

by BBC, November 14, 2016

The children's laureate and eight well-known children's authors are calling on the education secretary to ensure school libraries are preserved.
Goth Girl author Chris Riddell says in a letter to Justine Greening that many lack investment and need funding via a central government grant.
Supported by eight former children's laureates, Riddell is asking Ms Greening to set out required standards.
The government said it was up to schools to spend as they saw fit.

Children in Swindon failed by schools 'at every level'

by BBC, November 14, 2016

Children in Swindon are being failed by schools "at every level", according to education inspectors.
In a letter to Swindon Borough Council, head teachers and local MPs, Ofsted's Bradley Simmons said the town's schools were a "cause for serious concern".
He said immediate action was needed and urged "all involved" to unite so pupils could get the "education they deserve".
The council said the criticism was misplaced, and work was continuing to improve standards where necessary.

Teaching assistant sacked for objecting to 9/11 footage rejects compensation

by Guardian, November 14, 2016

Suriyah Bi to take case to court after being fired by Heartlands Academy in Birmingham for raising concerns

A teaching assistant who was sacked for objecting to young children being shown graphic footage of the 9/11 attacks has turned down a compensation offer from the school and has vowed to fight the case in court.

Suriyah Bi, 24, an Oxford University graduate, was dismissed from the Heartlands Academy in Birmingham, when she raised concerns about the footage of people jumping to their deaths.

English baccalaureate 'creates problems for motivation and behaviour'

by Guardian, November 14, 2016

The performance measure stifles pupils by forcing them to take subjects they do not enjoy, according to NUT survey

The government’s English baccalaureate is stifling pupils by forcing them to take subjects they do not enjoy, in some cases creating problems for motivation and behaviour, according to a survey of schools funded by the National Union of Teachers.

The survey of 1,800 NUT members, carried out by researchers at King’s College London, found a large majority blamed the Ebacc – which is a school performance measure – for narrowing the range of subjects being taught for GCSE examinations, with creative and vocational subjects being squeezed out.

My pupils are young UK Muslims – and they're scared about Trump

by Guardian, November 14, 2016

My school works hard to create a culture of acceptance, so the US election has raised difficult questions. All we can do is promote tolerance

I started talking about the US election at school in September, particularly in assemblies, because children were asking about it. They were worried about the things they were hearing. My primary school is in the Saltley area of Birmingham and 98% of our children follow the Islamic faith.

Children should be able to go to grammar schools at different ages says Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson

by Kent On Line, November 13, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

A Kent MP says children wanting places at new grammar schools should be able to access them at different ages.

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson (Conservative) said he was uncertain that deciding at the age of 11 who should go to grammar schools was right.

The MP, who said he had failed the 11-plus himself, told Paul On Politics that he wanted to see children able to go to grammars at different ages.

“I am not sure that having examination at 10 is the right answer. I am a great believer in grammar schools but would like to see children at the age or 11, 12 or 13 as they mature be able to transfer do grammar schools,” he said.

Britain's middle classes aren't so white anymore as the number of ethnic minority students at top universities doubles in 20 years

by Daily Mail, November 13, 2016

.The number of ethnic minorities at the top universities has doubled
.They are in front of white academics when it comes to getting the top jobs
.There are more ethnic minorities in the top class compared to white people

The number of ethnic minorities studying at top universities in the UK has doubled in the last 20 years, a new report has revealed.
The study, created by the Policy Exchange think tank, highlights how Britain's ethnic minorities are in front of white academics when it comes to getting the top jobs.
It suggested that there are now more people from ethnic backgrounds in the top social class, being categorised as 'managerial' and 'professional'.

Majority of headteachers say parents have abused their school and staff online

by Independent, November 13, 2016

Some 15 per cent of headteachers surveyed said they had been a direct victim of cyberbullying in the past year

School headteachers are being subject to online abuse from parents, new research reveals, with one in two admitting to being a direct victim of cyberbullying over the past year.

A survey of more than 1,100 school leaders found more than half – 56 per cent – had seen negative or offensive comments on social media from parents.

What will Brexit mean for Britain’s world-class universities?

by Guardian, November 13, 2016

Academics fear a threat to research, funding and overseas recruitment

Like many Britons, John Martin, who holds professorships in advanced medicine at University College London (UCL) and Yale in the United States, was asleep when the referendum result began to emerge during the early hours of 24 June 2016. “My wife had been following the count on her iPhone,” he remembers. “When the Newcastle result was declared, she woke me up with, ‘this looks bad’.”

Letters: home-schooling has many benefits, especially for bullied children

by Guardian, November 13, 2016

Parents are right to take action, especially for the sake of vulnerable youngsters

Sonia Sodha goes too far in her article “Is the state sometimes wiser than parents?” (Comment). She proposes banning home education and suggests “some may be getting an adequate education – we just don’t know”. But we do know because there has been plenty of research showing that such education is largely very effective.

The government’s own research has shown that every year at least 10,000 children get worse results at GCSE just because they are summer born. These young people are also less likely to go to university and more likely to be bullied at school.

Can a new drive change the fortunes of schools in one of Britain’s most deprived areas?

by Guardian, November 13, 2016

After failing generations of children, a Merseyside school is confident its non-selective, grammar-type regime will stop the rot

Yhe headteacher at Prescot school in Knowsley, Judy Walker, looked on as pupils in a maths class gleefully high-fived each other after correctly answering tricky questions. “It might not sound like much to you,” Walker says, “but to celebrate success, openly, publicly? This is a huge change.

“That joy of learning had gone. Children were embarrassed to achieve, they wouldn’t come to an awards ceremony or take a certificate. It wasn’t cool.” Walker catches herself, and giggles. “Sorry, ‘cool’ is so old, I’m not down with the kids. But they now want too achieve,” she adds. “Their parents want them to achieve, and they are pushing and pushing.”

Independent schools should ignore league tables and focus on their strengths

by Telegraph, November 12, 2016

An enlightened couple recently asked me to find a creative school for their clever daughter.

They were fed up with their metropolitan school in China seating parents at events precisely according to their child’s academic ranking - the lowest performing shaming the whole family on the last seat in the back row.

Their daughter now loves everything about her Dorset prep school - from eggs hatched by school chickens to the inspiring teaching. Academic results are strong, but not published.

10% of secondaries failing to help kids reach their potential, says damning report

by Mirror, November 12, 2016

Tim Farron says Government is letting pupils own

One in 10 secondary schools is failing to help pupils reach their potential, Government figures show.

The 10.7% are “coasting” – where fewer than 60% of pupils get five good GCSEs and below-average numbers make the expected progress.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This is a damning indictment of the Government and their record in education .

“How can they let all these children down and allow so many schools to coast?

"All Tories seem to care about is tinkering with the system.

"They should let teachers teach.”

Head defends assembly apologies plan for disruptive pupils

by BBC, November 12, 2016

The principal of a Dorset academy which is planning to require poorly behaved pupils to apologise to classmates in assembly has defended the policy.
Richard Tutt, head of Magna Academy in Poole, told the BBC the technique would only be used in cases where pupils are on the verge of permanent exclusion.
It was part of a much wider system, he said, where pupils are rewarded with points which they can use to buy items.

Nursery funding: Information Commissioner rejects DfE case

by BBC, November 12, 2016

The Department for Education has been told to re-think a decision not to publish key research it used to set new funding levels for free nursery places.
The Information Commissioner has given it 35 days to issue a fresh response to a challenge for the research to be made public.
The government had argued that research carried out by accountants Deloitte was not in its possession to publish.

Transfer test: Thousands of P7 pupils to sit exams

by BBC, November 12, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Thousands of primary seven children sit the first transfer test on Saturday.
The annual tests are not run by the Department of Education (DE) but are used by the vast majority of grammar schools to admit pupils.
About 7,700 entrants are taking the first Association of Quality Education (AQE) test on 12 November.

AQE and GL Assessment tests, run by the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), take place on five successive Saturdays until mid-December.

Councils must be allowed to intervene in suspected illegal schools, government adviser warns

by Independent, November 12, 2016

Ofsted inspectors have warned of a growing number of illegal and unregistered schools in motion which pose a risk to vulnerable children

Councils must be granted powers to intervene in suspected illegal schools in order to protect vulnerable children, a government adviser has said.

Alan Wood, who is tasked with reviewing the future of local government in education from next year, said radical changes were needed in order to safeguard pupils outside mainstream schools who could be learning in unsafe environments.

Speaking to TES, he said the issue of illegal schools, as well as unregistered schools, was one that was “growing and will not go away unless it’s dealt with”.

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