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After hours

by Times, June 14, 2005

It is rare for a government policy to meet with the near-universal approval with which yesterday’s announcement of breakfast and after-school clubs was greeted. The proposal for “extended schools” is so patently sensible that it seems amazing in retrospect that nobody ever made it before. Then again, many schools have already introduced clubs, without needing prompting or funding by ministers. According to the Department for Education, there are some 10,000 after-school clubs, and half of all primary schools offer a breakfast club. Knowing that good, affordable and secure child care is available before and after school is a lifeline to many parents, particularly the working poor, who struggle with the costs of child minding.

Blow to academy scheme as school sponsor pulls out

by Guardian, June 14, 2005

Tony Blair's flagship academy programme, designed to raise school standards, is dealt a fresh blow today with the revelation that a private education company poised to take control of the biggest and most ambitious project to date has pulled out because of a parents' revolt at an independent school it owns in the same town

The chilling prospect of 'Kelly hours'

by Telegraph, June 14, 2005

Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, claims that her plan to make state schools open their doors to pupils from 8am to 6pm is "all about choice for parents and children". It is nothing of the sort

'Education Leaves Young Unready for Working Life' - Survey

by Scotsman, June 14, 2005

Two-thirds of people in the 20s think their education could have done more to prepare them for working life, according to Ofsted.
The education watchdog commissioned a poll of 20 to 30-year-olds which found nearly a quarter believed they would have benefited from more work experience at school.

Kelly to Unveil Longer-Hours Plan for Schools

by Scotsman, June 13, 2005

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly will unveil a £680 million plan today that could see schools open from 8am to 6pm.
Under the proposals, designed to help working parents, children will be able to turn up early for breakfast clubs and stay late to play sport.

Disruptive toddlers to be treated as potential criminals

by Times, June 13, 2005

Children as young as three are to be singled out by nursery staff if they display aggressive behaviour or have a family background of criminality, according to a government report.
The study, leaked yesterday, proposed nursery staff should note children of three and four who bullied other children as deemed to be at risk of growing up to be criminals.

UK proposes `dawn to dusk` schools

by Monsters & Critics, June 13, 2005

The British government is proposing that schools provide "dawn to dusk" care for children up to age 14.
Under the program, estimated to cost $1.2 billion, parents in England would be able to leave children at school from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said the program could end the culture of "latch-key kids."

Kelly will make it easier for private schools to receive public funding.

by Independent, June 13, 2005

The Government is planning to make it easier for private schools to "opt in" to the state sector. This would allow more minority faith schools to receive state funding.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, the Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said she had already been approached by Muslim schools to opt in to the state sector. Jewish and Christian groups are also anxious to follow suit.

Queen's awards for education

by BBC, June 11, 2005

Two head teachers who turned their schools around and a champion of higher education have received top awards in the Queen's birthday honours.

A-levels to stay despite diploma plans, says Kelly

by Independent, June 10, 2005

The demise of A-levels as the major qualification for 18-year-olds was signalled for the first time by the Government yesterday.
Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, told a conference of headteachers in London that she hoped the majority of young people would be sitting the specialist diplomas being set up by ministers to run alongside A- levels in future.

More cash for teachers of shortage subjects

by Guardian, June 9, 2005

Graduates are to be offered more generous financial incentives to teach the so-called shortage subjects, such as maths and science, as part of a fresh national drive to fill classroom vacancies.

Kelly pressed on A-level reform

by BBC, June 9, 2005

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly says she hopes the new school diplomas will be taken by most teenagers.

Grammatically incorrect

by Independent, June 9, 2005

Almost 40 per cent of 11-year-olds fail to reach the writing standards set by secondary schools. Is it any wonder, when many teachers would struggle too?

Fat classes to get kids fighting fit

by Manchester, June 8, 2005

Pupils will sit exams in being healthy with the launch today of a new qualification aimed at cutting childhood obesity.

The qualification in "active, healthy living" has been designed specifically to combat sedentary lifestyles and was backed by Olympic relay champion Jason Gardener.

Prince attacks 'voguish' GCSE text message studies

by Guardian, June 8, 2005

The Prince of Wales attacked "short-term, fashionable" trends in education yesterday which he said were threatening the "foundations of civilised existence".

Students 'bribed' by iPod scheme

by BBC, June 8, 2005

Unemployed teenagers are being offered £170 iPods to take part in a course aimed at helping them to find work.

Students and Universities Condemn Visa Increase

by Scotsman, June 8, 2005

University leaders and students joined forces to condemn higher visa charges announced by the Government today.
The Foreign Office announced changes to visas which would mean overseas students have to pay £85 for an entry visa from July 1, up from £36.

Inspiring new schools of thought

by Telegraph, June 8, 2005

All politicians talk about the "opportunity society" in which everyone can fulfil his or her potential. Without a good education system, that is moonshine. Take any social problem - drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy - and pretty soon you find that education is at least part of the answer

Attack begins on school knife culture

by Guardian, June 8, 2005

Sweeping new legal powers to enable headteachers to search pupils suspected of carrying knives and other weapons will be unveiled by the government today amid growing concern about violence in schools.

Tory speaks of struggle to get son into special school

by Independent, June 8, 2005

It could be "easier to get out of Colditz" than to secure a place at a special school, David Cameron, the shadow Education Secretary, said yesterday.

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