UKEdNews 6 January 2017 from @UKEdNewsDesk

Friday 6th January 2017

Daily news briefing from the UKEdNewsdesk, initially published on the UKEdChat App.

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Schools warned about cyber scammers who demand thousands in ransom from headteachers

Schools have been warned about scammers who ask for the headteachers address, then send over a virus and demands thousands of pounds in ransom.

Action Fraud, the UK’s cybercrime and fraud reporting centre, has issued an alert to warn teachers of the dangers posed by cold-callers posing as officials from the “Department of Education”.

Read article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/06/schools-warned-cyber-scammers-demand-thousands-ransom-headteachers/


Primary school headmistress to fine parents whose children are late, sparking angry backlash

A primary school headmistress has announced she will fine parents whose children are late for classes, sparking a furious backlash.

Catherine Stalham, head of Winter Gardens Academy in Essex, has defended her policy in the face of staunch opposition from local families who say it is “ridiculous”.

Read article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/06/primary-school-headmistress-fine-parentswhose-children-late/


Education Secretary urged to intervene to protect anonymity of Trojan Horse whistleblowers

The Education Secretary has been urged to intervene in the Trojan Horse case to protect anonymity of whistleblowers who exposed the scandal.

Justine Greening has been accused of presiding over a “shambolic process” and creating a “horrible mess” which may deter future teachers from speaking out against wrongdoing.

Read article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/06/education-secretary-urged-intervene-protect-anonymity-trojan/


Call to hand power to schools and tackle vested interests in education

SCHOOLS should be given powers over all decisions about how they are run, and the role of quangos such as Education Scotland diminished, according to radical proposals from an education think tank.

The Commission on School Reform’s proposals would mean a drastic reduction in the powers of local authorities to run education, and empower headteachers, while giving parents and even senior pupils a say in the day-to-day running of schools.

Read article at: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/15005890.Call_to_hand_power_to_schools_and_tackle_vested_interests_in_education/


Schools to be pushed to breaking point by levy, say education groups

Small schools whose budgets are already under severe pressure could be pushed beyond breaking point by the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy, school and local government leaders are warning.

The levy, to be introduced in April, requires all businesses – including schools – with a wage bill over £3m a year, to contribute 0.5% of their wage bill to fund new apprenticeships.

Read article at: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jan/06/schools-breaking-point-apprenticeship-levy


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