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Creationism fears over move to empower Scottish headteachers
GIVING more power to headteachers will increase the risk of pupils being exposed to young earth Creationism and the views of religious extremists, secularist campaigners have warned.
The National Secular Society (NSS) also attacked the existence of Catholic and other faith-based schools calling for children “of all faiths and none” to be educated together.
Poll finds majority of schoolchildren want sex education
Three-quarters of children between the ages of 11 and 15 believe they would be safer if they had age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) in school, according to a survey by a leading children’s charity.
Seven in 10 of the children who took part in the poll, which was commissioned by Barnardo’s and carried out by YouGov, said the government should ensure that all pupils have SRE lessons, and 14% said they had not received any SRE lessons in school at all.
Scottish think tank slam free nursery system as ‘unfair’
A think-tank has renewed calls for an end to “birthday discrimination” in entitlement to free nursery education. Reform Scotland said the current system for government-funded pre-school provision was “unacceptable and unfair” as some children are entitled to less early-years education than others.
Supersize lessons: Maths class of 46 pupils revealed as one of the largest in Britain
A maths class of 46 pupils has been revealed as one of the largest in Britain, as figures show the number of secondary school children in England taught in classes of over 36 has trebled in the past five years.
Teacher who shouted and swore at a pupil with autism is struck off
A teacher who shouted and swore at a pupil with autism and pulled the chair from under him before dragging him from the classroom has been struck off.
A Fitness to Practise Committee of the Education Workforce Council (EWC) heard how John Leslie Mildenhall was teaching the 13-year-old at Pen-y-Cwm School in Ebbw Vale in 2014 when the incidents happened.
House of Lords blocks controversial reforms that allow ‘marketisation’ of universities
A controversial government bill to reform higher education and make it easier for private companies to sell university degrees has been blocked in its first stages by the House of Lords.
Heads warn MPs of ‘extremely bleak’ funding problems
Hundreds of head teachers in West Sussex have written to MPs warning that the government’s funding shake-up has failed to tackle “extremely bleak” budget shortfalls.
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38557843
Half of young people have so many ’emotional problems’ they cannot focus at school, study finds
Half of young people have so many emotional problems they cannot focus at school, a study has found.
Some 48 per cent of youngsters said that they experienced problems during their school years that prevented them from concentrating on their academic work.
Childcare funding ‘will create 9,000 places’
housands of childcare places for pre-school children in England will be created under a £50m scheme, the government has announced.
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38568847
How Mandarin can unlock our children’s potential in an increasingly connected world
With over one billion speakers worldwide, the global significance of Mandarin Chinese cannot be denied. But with the continued growth of English as a lingua franca of business, travel and international relations, do we really need more young people in the UK to learn it?
Headteacher kept seven foot long boa constrictor in his office without checking safety risk, Ofsted report reveals
A headteacher kept a seven foot long boa constrictor and tarantulas in his office without checking if they posed a risk to children, an Ofsted report revealed.
School governance consultation ‘excluded’ many parents
A consultation on possible changes to how schools are governed “excluded many parents”, according to an organisation representing parent teacher councils.
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38563112