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Retired teacher who was exposed to asbestos received £210,000 after mesothelioma diagnosis
A retired teacher who spent 11 years working in classrooms containing asbestos secured a personal injury claim for £210,000 after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the NASUWT union...
Teachers warn energy drinks could be causing bad behaviour among students
Teachers are becoming increasingly concerned about caffeine and energy drinks causing bad behaviour among students, the NASUWT union has warned. The teachers’ union is working with national drug...
Growing number of out-of-hours work related emails sent to teachers is 'home invasion', union claims
Almost three quarters of teachers receive work-related emails outside of school hours, a new NASUWT survey on the abuse of technology has found. Nearly 1,500 teachers responded last...
Pupils are arriving at school underfed and poorly clothed due to financial pressures, union survey finds
Financial pressures following years of austerity are causing pupils to arrive in school hungry and struggling to concentrate, a new survey commissioned by the NASUWT teaching union has...
What happened at NUT Conference today? - The delegate's view
As the National Union of Teachers hold their annual conference, Schools Week regular Emma Ann Hardy gives us the lowdown on the days’ motions and happenings. One of my...
NUT delegates back boycott of testing for four and five-year-olds
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ conference have backed a motion that could lead to a boycott of planned testing for four and five-year-olds in England. Ministers...
Cash to implement infant free school meals policy is 'not going where it is needed'
Concerns have been raised after schools with poor rates of free school meal uptake missed out on a share of £8.5m in funding to support the improvement of...
Half of all councils face 'uphill battle' against primary place shortfalls by 2018
Primary school pupils could outnumber places in almost 40 per cent of council areas by September 2016, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. Analysis by LGA of...
HQ of three education organisations including Ark Schools remain closed due to central London fire
The central London offices of three education organisations, including Ark Schools, remain closed this week following an electrical fire under a nearby pavement. Workers at the head offices...
RSC agrees to expansion of Redditch schools, despite MP and parent concerns
A regional schools commissioner has granted permission for neighbouring academies to convert into two-tier schools – despite concerns it would “decimate” the town’s education system. Pank Patel, regional...
No suggestion that tests for reception pupils are ‘traumatic’, say assessment providers
Children’s author Philip Pulman is among 80 signatories to a letter published in the Guardian today urging the government to scrap assessments for four and five year olds,...