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Pupils 'casualties' of inclusion

by BBC, June 8, 2005

Mary Warnock, architect of the special needs education system, is to publish a damning report on how it operates.

Bestseller to encourage school science

by DeHavilland, June 8, 2005

Author Bill Bryson is giving schools free copies of his best-selling guide to science as part of a government-backed scheme to improve interest in the subject.

Lessons 'causing poor behaviour'

by BBC, June 6, 2005

A "rigid" school curriculum is putting pupils off study and causing them to behave badly, a teachers' leader says.

Bullies 'taking phone pictures'

by BBC, June 6, 2005

One in five young people has been bullied by mobile phone or via the internet, a study suggests.

Universal childcare and pre-school education urged

by Financial Times, June 6, 2005

A comprehensive child care and pre-school education strategy, plus free personal care for the elderly, are called for today by one of the think-tanks closest to Downing Street.

Computer says 'fail': now machines mark student essays

by Telegraph, June 5, 2005

Computers are being used to mark university students' essays in a trial that could transform the examination system

Why Wales won't be following Kelly's phonics reading plan

by icWales, June 5, 2005

Wales will not follow England in holding a major review into how children are taught to read, officials confirmed last night.
Education Secretary Ruth Kelly yesterday appointed an education expert to conduct the review in England, which will consider whether primary school pupils over the border should be taught to read using a controversial method known as "phonics".

Youngest pupils face extra year at primary school

by Guardian, June 5, 2005

Children born in the summer who struggle at school should be allowed to stay on an extra year at primary level to catch up and delay the stressful transition to secondary education, a senior government adviser has warned.

Shoes rule Adam out of GCSE exam

by BBC, June 4, 2005

A schoolboy missed his English literature GCSE exam after being sent home to change out of trainers.
Adam Gervaux, from Strood in Kent, was asked to change into shoes minutes before the exam because he was breaking the school uniform dress code.

Pupils waste two years studying wrong book

by icLiverpool, June 3, 2005

An investigation has been launched at a Wirral private school after pupils spent two years studying the wrong book for a crucial GCSE exam.
The mistake at Birkenhead HMC Independent School only came to light when fifth-formers there opened their English Literature exam papers.

Schools told to go back to basics for reading

by Times, June 3, 2005

A full-scale review of the way in which reading is taught in England’s primary schools is to be announced today by the Government.
With one fifth of 11-year-olds unable to read properly, ministers have asked Jim Rose, a former director of inspection at Ofsted, to examine how more traditional reading methods may help to raise standards in the classroom. The inquiry comes after the success of the “synthetic phonics” approach in Scotland, which teaches children to blend the sound and shapes of individual letters for the first four months of schooling, instead of recognising whole words.

Pupils Devastated after Studying Wrong Book for Exam

by Scotsman, June 3, 2005

Pupils at a private school were left “devastated” after studying the wrong book for an English Literature GCSE, the school said today.
Boys at £2,500-a-term Birkenhead School, in Merseyside, spent months studying the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice And Men.

Primary reading lessons reviewed

by BBC, June 3, 2005

Literacy teaching in England's primary schools is to be reviewed following a critical report on standards by MPs

Students 'struggling with maths'

by BBC, June 2, 2005

More than half of all 16 to 18-year-olds in education have trouble with maths, a survey suggests.
The Times Higher Education Supplement spoke to 10,000 teenagers in England and Wales, of whom 57.5% said they did not have numerical skills.

Degree devaluation, from Lucky Jim to Average Joe

by Guardian, June 2, 2005

What's the point of university? After three summers of continual examination from GCSE through AS to A level, it's the question being asked by more and more school leavers. Why, they ask, is another three years of study in a mediocre mass-learning institution better for them than going off to work? It is a question also being asked, it seems, by employers, since the pay gap between graduates and non-graduates is disappearing faster than a pint of lager in the college bar.

'Find sanctuary to plan ahead'

by Watford, June 1, 2005

A Report into the leadership of schools has been produced by a local headteacher.
Entitled Far from the Madding Crowd?, the report has been sent to 23,000 heads across the country.
The author, headteacher at Northwood Preparatory School, Dr Trevor Lee, wrote it to address the question of how heads can find sanctuary to prepare for the future while coping with the daily pressures of running schools.
The report suggests that heads should think about the long-term future of their schools and share ideas with other school leaders

Boost for campaign to segregate black boys

by Times, June 1, 2005

The chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality stepped up his campaign to segregate black schoolboys to raise their academic achievement.
Trevor Phillips brought the American academic who pioneered the technique to London for a one-day seminar hosted by Baroness Howells of St Davids, one of Britain’s few black peers.

Burgers Could Be Banned from Schools, Says Kelly

by Scotsman, June 1, 2005

Burgers and sausages could be banned from schools under moves to stop canteens serving up “cheap slop”, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said today.
The minister said schools would have “no excuses” for providing poor quality meals to children as the Government’s £280 million reforms begin to take effect.

'Low morale' in school kitchens

by BBC, June 1, 2005

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced a £280m overhaul of school catering.
Delegates at a school meals conference in London told the BBC News education reporter Alison Smith why they thought standards had fallen.

We can't afford to lose languages

by Telegraph, June 1, 2005

If current trends continue, it won't be long before modern languages are taught in only a tiny handful of universities. Falling numbers are forcing vice-chancellors to close what are seen as unprofitable departments.

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