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Mother told to keep her autistic son at home during inspection
A secondary school in Wiltshire that allegedly asked the mother of an autistic pupil to keep her son at home during an Ofsted inspection could face another visit...
UCAS to include EU universities
Students won’t see a profusion of EU universities appearing on the UCAS university application database this year, despite being included for the first time. The Universities and Colleges...
Teacher wins battle to publish observation notes
A teacher has successfully published Ofsted’s observation notes of a lesson following a lengthy battle between the inspectorate, the Information Commissioner, and the National Archives. Harry Fletcher-Wood, a...
Cleverest classrooms have neutral walls with just a ‘splash of colour’
Paint your classroom walls taupe, grey or white with just a “splash of occasional colour” and learning will improve, new research by the University of Salford suggests. The...
New reports call for moral values to be put at the heart of education
Teachers need more help to stop moral character being squeezed out of children’s education, reports have suggested. Two new reports, published today by the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee...
How to use TAs more effectively
School leaders are being urged to review the roles of teaching assistants (TAs) to ensure they are not being used as substitute teachers for low-attaining pupils. They should...
Exclusive: ‘God designed the solar system,’ says worksheet
Durham Free School: homework was ‘isolated incident’ Morgan announces on Wednesday that school will close Durham Free School will close at the end of this term – and...
Coalition schools eat up extra portion of free school meals cash
The Department for Education has defended its decision to give almost three-quarters of an additional £16.3 million for universal infant free meals (UIFSM) to schools in the constituencies...
School leaders back compulsory sex education as bill heads for second reading
More than nine in ten school leaders agree that sex and relationships education (SRE) should start in primary school – but many do not feel teachers would be...
Number of girls not in education, employment or training rises by 6,000 in 12 months
  The number of 16 to 17-year-old girls not in education, employment or training (Neet) has risen by 6,000 in the last three months of last year compared...
Price does not impact exam choice as report shows schools switch to Pearson
Pearson is increasing its hold on the market in choice by schools for qualifications, a report by Ofqual released today shows. In the report by the exam regulator,...