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Heads 'disappointed' by Autumn Statement funding omission
Head teachers say it is "disappointing" that Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement failed to address funding pressures faced by many schools and colleges across England. The chancellor did, however, confirm a £50m pot of money to support the expansion of grammar schools. He said the government's education policies had "expanded opportunity". But head teachers said capital investment in g...
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Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site
Bletchley Park, the site of secret code-deciphering projects during World War Two, could become the centre for a new generation of codemakers and codebreakers. There are plans for a training college to teach cybersecurity skills to 16-19 year olds at the Buckinghamshire site. Former home secretary Lord Reid said it had become vital to build up the "talent pool" for cyber-defence. The college, i...
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Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted
Chaotic careers education in England's schools could jeopardise the UK's future economic prosperity, says education watchdog Ofsted. Lack of an "overarching government strategy" means a generation is leaving school unready for work, it argues. The UK's post-Brexit success depends on harnessing "home-grown talent", says chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. The government said its strategy was "t...
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Parents in Spain go on homework strike
Thousands of parents in Spain are going on strike against state schools this weekend over the large amount of homework given to their children. Students from 12,000 schools nationwide will be told not to do their weekend homework for the month of November. The Spanish Alliance of Parents' Associations (CEAPA), which called the strike, argues that homework is detrimental to children. Spain was h...
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Inventor Sir James Dyson sets up college to tackle skills shortage
Inventor Sir James Dyson is to open his own institute to train engineers, who he says are badly needed if UK companies are to remain competitive. The Dyson Institute of Technology, opening in autumn 2017, will create home-grown talent, says Sir James. He says he has been complaining to ministers for many years about skills shortages in engineering. And Universities Minister Jo Johnson had chall...
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Thousands of smaller schools 'financially not viable'
Thousands of smaller primaries and secondaries in England are becoming financially unviable, heads say. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says one-form entry primaries and secondaries with 600 pupils or fewer will "fall off a cliff" financially unless new funds are found. The government says it has been protecting school budgets. Independent experts say they face real-terms c...
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Domestic violence 'biggest factor' for social services children
Domestic violence and poor mental health are the biggest issues facing children on the books of social services in England, new figures show. Almost half of children deemed to be in need of council support by the end of March this year were victims of domestic violence. And poor mental health was an issue in more than a third of cases, according to Department for Education statistics. The NSPCC...
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Theatre applies to be first to open free school
A theatre is applying to be the first in England to open a free school, with the aim of specialising in the arts. Northampton's Royal and Derngate theatre announced its plans at an event celebrating a decade since its re-opening. It will respond to concerns in creative industries over the "marginalisation" of the arts in schools. Chief executive Martin Sutherland said the proposed free school w...
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New teacher found for tiny island school
A new teacher has been found for a school with nine pupils on a tiny Hebridean island after a social media appeal generated worldwide interest. Residents of the Isle of Muck set up a dedicated Facebook page to attract applicants after the former teacher left for family reasons. Nearly 60 people applied and now a permanent teacher has been appointed. The successful applicant, Laura Marriner, wil...
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Academy funding must be transparent, says MP
The transparency of academy spending must be improved, says the chairman of the parliamentary Education Committee. Neil Carmichael MP said there was "growing concern" about the value for public money among England's academies. He also criticised the Department for Education for not giving his committee the necessary information, ahead of a hearing about finances on Tuesday. His comments came af...
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