Education

Religious extremists 'trying to pervert education'

Image copyright Getty Images Religious extremists are using schools to narrow children’s horizons and “pervert education”, England’s chief inspector of schools has warned. Amanda Spielman said some community leaders see schools as vehicles to “indoctrinate impressionable minds” – with extremist ideology in some cases. Ofsted inspectors are increasingly coming into contact with such extremists, she […]

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Why schools need to talk about periods

Image copyright Getty Images A 22-year-old who has a menstrual condition wants better education about periods in schools. Alice Smith has endometriosis and is leading a campaign to get “menstrual wellbeing” on to the school curriculum. “We need to start breaking down the taboos about what is normal and what is not normal,” says Alice. […]

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Teacher retention: Government 'failing to get a grip'

Image copyright JAKE RUSBY Image caption Jake Rusby left after just three years “Lesson planning, marking, carrying out assessments, parents evenings – there was always something to do. “I felt very much under pressure to move children on in their learning, to meet their targets,” says Jake Rusby, who left teaching after three years. “I […]

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'I was 12 when I married a 35-year-old'

Image copyright Camfed Image caption Girls who are forced into early marriage are unlikely ever to return to education All too often girls in countries across sub-Saharan Africa can be married off an early age, trapping them in a cycle that is almost impossible to escape. They can be held by poverty, sexual and domestic […]

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No register for home-schooled children in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Parents who home-school children will not have to put them on a compulsory register, despite calls for one to be created after a child died in 2011. Councils will instead have to create a database to identify children not on a school register under plans to revamp home education. Education Secretary […]

Education

Heads warn of 'chronic' funding shortages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Schools have been protesting about budget shortages Head teachers from 5,500 schools across England have signed a joint letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond warning of “chronic” funding shortages. It comes as a primary school in west London says it is considering cutting hours because of money problems. The heads […]