Education

Teachers back prospect of national strike over pay

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s two biggest teaching unions have moved closer to national strikes over pay, backing ballots on action if substantial rises are not agreed. The National Education Union (NEU) agreed a motion for a strike ballot, while the Nasuwt backed calls for a rolling programme of industrial action. If ballots go […]

Education

Is there a north-south divide in England's schools?

Image copyright Getty Images Children in the north of England are finishing school with poorer grades and are less likely to go on to further education. That was the conclusion of a report from the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield. It’s one in a line of reports pointing to the deep discrepancies that exist between England’s […]

Education

Lives in their hands

Image copyright PA Image caption Foch and Haig meet again: Eric Becourt-Foch and Lord Astor remembered their military ancestors In the commemorations of World War One there have been many stories from the descendants of those caught up in momentous and awful events. These personal accounts, remembering the faces in grainy photographs and names on […]

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Schools cutting posts amid 'funding catastrophe'

Image copyright Getty Images The crisis of school funding in England is turning into a catastrophe, the largest teaching union has said. Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Education Union, said schools were not absorbing budget cuts, instead many were cutting posts and increasing class sizes. He highlighted research with his union suggesting many […]

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'Unjustifiably high salaries' paid by some academies

Image copyright Getty Images Some academy trusts in England stand accused of paying ”unjustifiably” high salaries to trustees and depriving “the front line of vital funds.” MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) highlighted how 102 academy trusts paid some senior staff over £150,000 a year. And in two-thirds of cases where the government had […]

Education

Mum's tough love lesson divides parents

Image copyright Cierra Britanny Forney Image caption Cierra Brittany Forney with her son Anthony (R), daughter and youngest son What should you do if your child has become a bit, let’s say, accustomed to the finer things in life? It’s an issue that one mum in Georgia, US, tried to resolve when she realised her […]