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More than 600,000 pupils in England taught by unqualified teachers, says Labour

Labour has accused Theresa May’s government of allowing more than 600,000 pupils to be taught by unqualified teachers. After a pledge by Jeremy Corbyn to stamp out the practice, the party has analysed official figures to calculate that 613,000 pupils in state-funded schools in England have been taught by adults […]

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Academy funding falling for secondary pupils

Academies in England received less last year per pupil in secondary schools than four years earlier, according to official figures. The median income per secondary pupil in academies for 2015-16 was £5,714, down from £6,340 in 2011-12, not taking into account inflation. Head teachers have been campaigning about funding shortages. […]

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Over 100 schools now have headteachers in their 20s, data shows

Britain’s headteachers are the youngest they have ever been, as figures show that over 100 schools have appointed school leaders in their 20s. The number of heads under the age of 35 has grown by three quarters since 2010, according to figures from the Department for Education (DfE) Since 2010, […]

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One in three primary school leavers can’t swim, report warns, amid rise in drownings

One in three primary school leavers cannot swim one length of a pool, a report has found, amid concern that a lack of lessons is leading to rise in young people drowning. Official data shows forty people aged 19 and under drowned in the UK last year, representing an increase of […]

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Half of pupils expelled from school ‘mentally ill’

Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider […]

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Secret Teacher: in a stressful year, it’s the children who have kept me going

When I started teaching at my school it had a notorious reputation – parents refused to send their children here. Over time, things have changed. We’ve transformed into a place where parents want their children to learn. We have a waiting list. But with this has come increased pressure and […]

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Single textbook approved for maths mastery teaching

The government has approved just one textbook as part of its £41 million maths mastery programme – falling short of expectations that more than three would be available for schools. Schools are able to claim match-funding up to £2,000 to purchase textbooks under the scheme, which is an attempt to […]

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Number of children expelled from English schools hits 35 a day

The number of permanent exclusions from schools in England has gone up, with the equivalent of 35 children being expelled every school day, according to government figures. Almost, 6,700 children were permanently excluded from all primary, secondary and special schools in 2015/16, meaning the rate of expulsions has risen every […]

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Post-16 maths to get government cash boost

Maths education for 16- to 19-year-olds in England will gain a £16m boost over two years, ministers have announced. It comes as a government commissioned maths review found too many teenagers dropped maths after GCSE, harming their job prospects and the wider economy. The cash, from existing budgets, will help […]

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Students find new English GCSE ‘torturous’ and may be deterred from continuing the subject, teaching unions warn

Teachers are voicing concerns over the long-term impact of  “torturous” new English GCSEs, amid fears that there will be a downturn in student uptake at A-Level. Pupils have not enjoyed the “narrowed” curriculum, teaching unions claim, because the curriculum for English Language and Literature is now 100 per cent exam-based. Speaking […]

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