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The best for your children -- without breaking the bank

by Financial Times, May 21, 2005

I want the best education for my gifted darlings, but haven’t got the cash to pay for top-notch private schools. Any ideas?

Savoy chef's meals are recipe for exam success

by Telegraph, May 20, 2005

A school that appointed a cordon bleu head chef to run its kitchen and provide healthy food claims that its pupils' exam results have shot up and that their behaviour has been transformed as a result.
In the four years since the chef - who was trained at the Savoy Hotel - joined the comprehensive, the percentage gaining five or more good GCSE results has risen from 51 to 71 per cent.

Violence in the Classroom

by Scotsman, May 20, 2005

Tackling unruly behaviour and has long been a major headache for schools.
A controversial TV documentary recently exposed the scale of the problem by filming pupils fighting, smashing chairs and making crude sexual suggestions to a teacher.

Do some prep before entering private school

by Financial Times, May 20, 2005

Across the land, nothing gets parents more anxious than schools. Education costs can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds if you choose to go private, or you could face hiked mortgage payments if you move into an area with good state schools and inflated house prices to match.

18,000 exam papers upgraded

by Telegraph, May 20, 2005

More than 18,000 pupils who took A-levels and GCSEs last year had their marks upgraded after their schools contested them, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) said yesterday.

More than 18,000 school exams marked wrongly

by Independent, May 20, 2005

A dramatic rise in the number of teenagers given the wrong GCSE and A-level grades last summer has been revealed by the Government's exams watchdog.
A total of 18,359 exam scripts were marked wrongly - a rise of 1,467 (9 per cent) on the previous year's figures, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) report shows.

MP takes up fight for school places

by Bucks, May 20, 2005

MP Dominic Grieve will take the unprecedented step today of presenting a petition to Buckinghamshire county councillors.
It is from parents in Gerrards Cross and Denham, and others, calling on the county council to make more places available at grammar schools.

Grammar school admission plan fails

by Bucks, May 20, 2005

A new system to co-ordinate school admissions policies is leading to fewer children from poor families applying to grammar schools and should be scrapped, says a government adviser. Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust educational charity, which campaigns for fairer access to selective schools, said applications from disadvantaged homes to Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, where he funds schemes to broaden access, were at their lowest level in a decade. "A system intended to simplify school admissions and improve choice actually has the opposite effect," he said.

Does classical music make babies smarter?

by BBC, May 19, 2005

As well as classical CDs and DVDs for very young children, this week sees the launch of a programme of concerts for babies - including those in utero.
Does playing classical music to babies make a difference? Opinion is divided; but many experts think that it may stimulate the brain in a way that helps educational and emotional development.

Secondary school facing closure

by BBC, May 19, 2005

A comprehensive school with 558 pupils is set to close in the first phase of a reorganisation in Swansea.

Exam results rise after queries

by BBC, May 19, 2005

More than 18,000 A-level and GCSE exam grades were changed after being queried last year, figures show.

Private academy produces worse results than schools it replaced

by Guardian, May 19, 2005

The project to replace failing inner city schools with privately backed academies has come under renewed scrutiny after an inspector's report revealed the underachievement at one academy.

Spurned child prodigy leapt 50ft to death

by Times, May 19, 2005

A former child prodigy slashed his arms and jumped 50ft to his death after a female student rejected his advances, an inquest was told yesterday.

Call to scrap school entry system

by BBC, May 18, 2005

A government adviser is calling on ministers to scrap a new admissions system which he says has meant less choice for poorer families.

School days chronicled by headmaster

by Watford, May 18, 2005

A Book written to celebrate 300 years of the Watford Grammar Schools was launched on Tuesday, May 10, with suitable pomp and circumstance at the Old Free School in the town centre.

Weak schools shut every eight days

by BBC, May 17, 2005

Failing schools in England are being closed at the rate of one every eight days, official figures reveal.
The Queen's Speech outlined plans for a more streamlined approach to shutting underachieving schools.
But the figures show that struggling schools already are being axed routinely - with 46 shut last year after poor Ofsted reports.

Grammar schools get thumbs up

by Belfast Telegraph, May 17, 2005

New research by the London School of Economics has revealed grammar schools are the best way to improve a person's social and economic status.

Starting over

by Guardian, May 17, 2005

Discipline, respect, standards and parent power: in her first interview since the election, Ruth Kelly sets out her stall for the new term.

City academy to be failed by Ofsted inspectors

by Independent, May 16, 2005

One of the Government's city academies is set to be failed by Ofsted inspectors, putting pressure on ministers to justify the controversial programme which is expensive but has so far failed to deliver significant improvements in results.

We have no idea how many students cheat at GCSE and A-level, says ...

by Telegraph, May 15, 2005

The head of Britain's examinations watchdog has admitted that it is impossible to know how many students cheat in GCSE and A-level examinations.
Ken Boston, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, revealed that he had ordered a review of exam coursework - which makes up one third of the marks in many subjects - to find ways to curb cheats.