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Tories’ 30-hour free childcare plan fails to target poor families, says expert

The government’s plan to provide 30 hours’ free childcare has been criticised by a leading global education expert for failing to target the most disadvantaged families whose children stand to gain the most. Andreas Schleicher, education director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), welcomed the doubling of […]

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May ‘drops’ plans to axe free meals for infants from Queen’s Speech

Prime minister Theresa May has axed controversial plans to scrap free lunches for primary pupils and instead offer free breakfasts, according to reports today. Several newspapers claim the plans – which would need legislation – will not be included in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow. It follows a major fall-out over […]

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Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure

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 for fun has risen, […]

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Proportion of children missing out on first choice secondary school highest since start of decade

The proportion of children missing out on a place at their top choice of secondary school has risen to the highest level since the start of the decade. Some 16.5% of 11-year-olds across the country – about one in six – did not get their first preference this year, up from 15.9% in […]

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£1.3m to expand school computer coding clubs in Wales

Schools are to be given £1.3m to set up clubs to teach computer coding. The investment over five years is part of the Welsh Government’s £100m to raise school standards over the assembly term. Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said she wanted all pupils to have the opportunity to learn about […]

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Exam stress rising? No, pupils are just better at seeking help

Across the country at the moment, young people are engaging in a practice that will give them nightmares for decades. Nope, not fidget spinners or Snapchat filters: those give only adults nightmares. The real answer is exams. It’s almost 20 years since my maths GCSE and yet the bad dreams […]

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Justine Greening stays as education secretary in May reshuffle

Justine Greening will remain as education secretary in Theresa May’s new minority government. After a turbulent weekend during which the prime minister scrambled to put together a minority government, Greening has retained the position she was first appointed to in July last year. Greening held her seat by only 1,554 votes […]

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Lessons from Camilla: whatever happened to teaching children good manners?

When I met Sir Harold Acton, the famous aesthete, I was bowled over by his manners. Whenever we entered a room at Villa La Pietra, his Florence palazzo, he held the door open for me. Not so strange, perhaps – except I was 11 at the time. I later read […]

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OCR exam board admits Psychology test paper ‘mistake’

An exam board has apologised for “poorly wording” an A Level Psychology test question weeks after making an error in a GCSE paper. Students saw a question asking them to “calculate the mean percentage of words”, normally seen in a Maths exam. Exam board OCR has since apologised and said […]

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Why don’t young people vote? Because school teaches us nothing about politics

I didn’t really know what right- and leftwing meant until I got to university. I’d passed a history AS-level and had taken that Political Compass quiz which shows you where you stand on the spectrum (I placed somewhere on the left, close to Gandhi – which I was pleased with), but […]

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