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Schools in England dump 1 in 12 pupils before GCSEs to avoid harming exam results

by The Sun, April 18, 2019

ONE IN 12 pupils in England are quietly dumped by their schools before their GCSEs so they do not drag the exam results down, a shocking study today reveals.

Some heads are booting out the equivalent of an entire class full of kids over the course of their five years in secondary school.

‘As exams loom, don’t forget the power of kindness’

by TES, April 18, 2019

As families all over the country grit their collective teeth in preparation for the final run-up to GCSE and A-level season, the increased stress facing our young people plays on many of our minds.

Five ways to minimise Sats stress

by TES, April 18, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced this week that the party would scrap Sats if they came to power.

Most teachers and parents agree that they should go, and even Sean Harford, national director of Ofsted, recently tweeted that they’re a very blunt instrument for measuring children’s capabilities.

Schools paying teachers out of fund for poor students

by Telegraph, April 18, 2019

Schools are spending money set aside for their poorest pupils to pay teacher salaries, a survey has found.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of secondary school head teachers and 22 per cent of primary heads admitted using their pupil premium fund to "plug gaps" in their budget, according to a poll of teachers.

Of these, most said they used the extra funds - which are designated for boosting the attainment of children from deprived backgrounds - to pay for teachers and teaching assistants.

University can change homeless people's lives, but they need support to get there

by Guardian, April 18, 2019

When Lucy Davis left school at 12, falling into addiction and ultimately homelessness, the last thing she thought she’d be doing at 30 was going to university. But now she’s planning to start a fine art degree in September.

Davis is one of five students – all homeless and mostly recovering from addiction – who have applied to university after enrolling in a new pre-university access module at the University of Chichester. The module is designed to empower vulnerable people with the confidence and skills to apply for degree courses.

UK universities must break their silence around harassment and bullying

by Guardian, April 18, 2019

The revelation that UK universities have spent around £87m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in the past two years has again highlighted concerns that such secretive clauses are being used to conceal the extent of harassment and bullying at higher education institutions.

UK universities pay out £90m on staff 'gagging orders' in past two years
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Dozens of academics told BBC News they were “harassed” out of their jobs and forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) by their university after making complaints. Although the BBC admits it does not know how many of these gagging clauses relate to sexual misconduct or other kinds of harassment or bullying, the findings highlight a wider lack of transparency in the way universities handle all kinds of misconduct and discrimination.

Nearly 50,000 children disappear from schools without explanation, study finds

by Independent, April 18, 2019

Nearly 50,000 children disappear from schools without explanation, a major study from a think tank has found.

Zero-tolerance approaches to bad behaviour in schools are ‘inhumane’, teachers say

by Independent, April 17, 2019

Zero-tolerance approaches to discipline in schools are “inhumane” and using isolation booths for extended periods have a “detrimental” effect on children’s mental health, teachers have warned.

Behaviour management policies in schools, which have been branded “draconian”, should Zero-tolerance approaches to discipline in schools are “inhumane” and using isolation booths for extended periods have a “detrimental” effect on children’s mental health, teachers have warned.

Universities are about social mobility. This needs to be recognised

by Guardian Education , April 17, 2019

This week has been a welcome reprieve from Brexit, both for the public and politicians alike. With parliament in Easter recess, we have been able to look beyond the divisions, acrimony, backroom deals and blame, and instead get back into our communities and talk to local people.

Children as young as nine are talking about suicide in class, teachers' survey reveals

by Telegraph, April 17, 2019

Children as young as nine are talking about suicide in class, a teachers’ survey has revealed as they warn that mental health issues are on the rise.

Four in five teachers said they have seen a rise in pupils experiencing mental health problems, according to a poll conducted by the National Education Union (NEU).

News Let councils regulate ‘draconian’ school behaviour policies, says NEU

by Schools Week, April 17, 2019

The rise of “draconian” and “inhumane” behaviour approaches is damaging the mental health and education of pupils, the National Education Union has said, after its members voted in favour of council oversight of behaviour policies in all schools.

At the union’s annual conference in Liverpool this morning, delegates voted to instruct NEU leaders to campaign for local authorities to have oversight of and involvement in the development of behaviour policies “for all the academies/schools in their districts”.

The Times view on abolishing SATs: Failing the Test

by The Times, April 17, 2019

Whenever a politician raises a cheer from an audience be wary of what he or she might have pledged. Jeremy Corbyn was greeted with rapture in Liverpool yesterday by the National Education Union (NEU) when he said that a Labour government would abolish standard attainment tests (SATs) that children sit in their final year of primary school. The cheers were a clue because abolition would be a profound mistake.

‘We need Sats. Ditching them would be a mistake’

by TES, April 17, 2019

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time of year. The weather is changing and the sun is starting to shine after what feels like an eternity. It’s quite possibly my favourite time of year.

But it also brings some frustrations. Like clockwork, every spring, we hear the same arguments about the horrors exams inflict on children, and how they must be abolished – 2019 has been no different.

How to support pupils with adverse childhood experiences

by TES, April 17, 2019

Almost half of children in the UK have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) and one in 10 have experienced four or more.

ACEs are traumatic experiences that occur before the age of 18 and are remembered by survivors throughout the rest of their lives. Such experiences include emotional, sexual and physical abuse, and being raised in a household where there is alcohol misuse, mental illness, domestic violence, parental separation, drug addiction or familial imprisonment.

End academisation of schools, NEU says

by Edexec, April 17, 2019

The National Education Union has agreed at this week’s annual conference that academisation isn’t working
This week’s NEU annual conference has seen members discuss a range of matters affecting the education sector – academisation being one of them.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, commented that the union is in agreement that academisation doesn’t work and believes the process should be reversed.

“After nine years of the academy programme, there is still no evidence to suggest that turning a school into an academy raises standards of education or brings any benefit whatsoever,” he said.

The State of Education: Workload is out of control and driving people out of profession

by FE news, April 16, 2019

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Workload in schools remains a significant problem, posing a major threat to schools’ effectiveness and pupils’ learning and is driving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

“The workload problem is across the workforce, affecting leaders, teachers and support staff. There is no greater challenge in the teacher recruitment and retention crisis than that of reducing workload and improving the nature of teachers’ work, and the high stakes, low quality accountability system is a huge barrier to achieving this.

What you need to know about primary school offer day

by EDP24, April 16, 2019

Thousands of children across Norfolk are preparing to find out where they will be starting school in September.

Norfolk County Council is set to release its primary school place offers on Tuesday for the 2019/20 academic year, letting families know whether they have been successful in securing a space at one of their preferred schools.

Three hours' sleep and surviving on Diet Coke – one teacher’s 'unbearable' workload

by TES, April 16, 2019

A Year 6 teacher has spoken out about the burden of her workload and the knock-on effect on her sleep and mental health.

Speaking to journalists at the NEU teaching union’s annual conference in Liverpool, Helen Reeder (pictured) was among teachers helping to promote new research which shows workload is “out of control and driving people out of profession.”

School assistant loses job over petition against LGBT teaching

by Guardian, April 16, 2019

A Christian secondary school assistant has been dismissed after she posted an online petition against LGBT issues being taught at her son’s primary school.

Kristie Higgs, 43, was removed from her post as a pastoral assistant at a Gloucestershire academy after a disciplinary panel found she had discriminated against its gay, lesbian and transgender pupils.

Reforms mean primaries 'unrecognisably' better, says Gibb

by TES, April 16, 2019

Reforms to primary education such as a new curriculum, the phonics check and maths mastery lessons have improved schools and made them “unrecognisable” to how they were a generation ago, a minister has said.

School standards minister Nick Gibb makes the claim on primary school offer day, when families will find out which primary school has offered their child a place in September.