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Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’

Image caption Nearly 50,000 teaching days were lost in Wales in 2016 due to stress, figures showed Low numbers of teachers being recruited in Wales is “bordering on crisis” levels, a union has said. Welsh Government figures showed the target for trainee teacher intake in secondary schools and for PGCEs ...

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Pisa test scores ‘risk’ to Wales economy warning

Image copyright PA Image caption Wales came lowest of the UK nations in the last set of Pisa rankings Wales is in danger of missing out economically unless it improves its performance in global education tests, a former government advisor has said. Prof David Reynolds warned ministers would miss their ...

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Schools go green to support Grenfell fire victims

Image copyright Other Image caption Children from four schools released balloons in memory of those who died Pupils in schools in London and other parts of England are wearing green to show support for those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. The campaign is asking pupils and staff to ...

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Heads worried tuition fee pledge for teachers dropped

Image caption The tuition fee relief was intended to attract more people into teaching Head teachers in England are concerned that the promise of university tuition fee relief for teachers may be axed. The Conservative manifesto said teachers would not repay tuition fees while they remained in teaching – to ...

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Number of families made homeless rises by 17%

Image copyright Getty Images The number of families finding themselves homeless over the past year has risen by nearly a fifth on five years ago, official data shows. Government figures show 59,090 households were accepted as homeless by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017. This is 17% ...

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Magna Academy seeks disciplinarian to lead ‘behaviour correction unit’

Image copyright Google A “strong disciplinarian” is wanted by a school to dole out “tough love” to unruly students. Magna Academy in Poole wants to recruit a Director of Isolations and Detentions to work in a “purpose-built behaviour correction unit”. A spokesman said the unit allows the school to continue ...

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Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest

Image caption The pupils said they hoped their protest would bring about a change in uniform policy Some 30 boys have worn skirts to school in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts. The pupils from ISCA Academy in Exeter apparently asked permission to modify their ...

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system

Image copyright Getty Images Several leading universities have failed to score highly in a new ranking of degree teaching standards. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching. Gold went to 59 and silver to 116. The lowest ...

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Plan for more grammar schools abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England is not included in the government’s plans for legislation. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all ...

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Early years places ‘must reach poorest’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Early years education brings significant benefits many years later, says the OECD Young people who went through pre-school education are much more likely to do well in international Pisa tests when they are teenagers, says the OECD. But the international think tank says to maximise ...

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Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure

Image copyright Getty Images Children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom, National Literacy Trust research suggests. Those who like writing outside class are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age. While the proportion of children writing ...

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Heads warn parents of ‘cash-starved schools’

Image copyright iStock Image caption Heads are writing to parents warning them of deepening funding problems for schools Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about “cash-starved” schools to almost two million families. As the government prepares to set out its ...

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