Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hundreds set to start the year in new free schools

It is perhaps the legacy of Michael Gove, the former secretary of state for education, to the schooling system – Mark Two.









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Independent schools increasingly move towards the more traditional ‘international’ GCSE

Four out of five independent schools ditched GCSEs in at least one subject area in favour of the more traditional international version of the exam, according to figures released today.









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Exclusive: Nearly 2,000 families still without school places for their children

More than 1,700 parents are still without a school place for their children – just days before the start of the new school year.









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11-year-olds show improvement in basic literacy but 21% still haven’t mastered ‘three Rs’

More than 100,000 11-year-olds still cannot master the “three Rs”, despite an improvement in national curriculum test results this year.









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‘No proof’ free schools improve performance

There is no evidence that Government investment in new education structures such as academies and free schools has had any impact on pupil performance, according to a major study.









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Parents pay half a million in housing premium for state school education

Poorer children are being priced out of the best state schools because wealthier parents are paying a property ‘premium’ of up to half a million pounds for houses in school catchment areas.









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Sex education for seven-year-olds, pledge Lib Dems

Sex education would start from the age of seven and would form part of secondary education curriculum in every state-funded school in England, under a plan that will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto.









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Sex education should start aged seven, say Liberal Democrats

Sex education would start from the age of seven and would form part of secondary education curriculum in every state-funded school in England, under a plan that will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto.









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Exclusive: Computer and television screens are blighting family life, warns children’s tsar

British parents are among those in Europe most likely to neglect their children, according to the Government’s childhood tsar.









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Exclusive: Screens are blighting family life, warns children’s tsar Reg Bailey

British parents are among those in Europe most likely to neglect their children, according to the Government’s childhood tsar.









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