Monthly Archives: December 2014

Faith and free schools ‘breed social and racial segregation,’ warns leading campaigner

Segregation between different classes and ethnicities in Britain is worsening due to increasing numbers of faith schools and the opening of free schools, a leading campaigner on social equality has warned.









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Plan to take lettuce to Mars could put life on red planet by 2018

Lettuce could be the first life to land on Mars if a team of students succeeds in their plan to grow salad on the planet in 2018.









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Abolish GCSEs or face talent crisis, warns head of CBI

GCSEs should be scrapped if the UK is going to properly nurture the business leaders of tomorrow, and an overhaul to the EU is needed for companies to thrive, according to an influential business leader.









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£1m of public money spent on 21 free schools that have never opened

More than £1m of public money has been spent on free schools that have failed to open, new figures revealed last night.









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Headteachers warn of job losses as schools face budget crisis

Schools will have to sack teachers, increase class sizes and drop subjects from the curriculum in the new year because of a squeeze on budgets, head teachers are warning. They predict a “perfect storm”, not of their making.









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Majority of new free schools were not full at launch

Four out of five free schools that opened this year have failed to fill all their places, according to data acquired via Freedom of Information requests.









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Iraq abuse whistleblower Nick Mercer: ‘Schools must teach speaking truth to power’

Children should be given lessons in human rights to give them the courage to blow the whistle on abuses they witness as adults, according to an ex-Army lawyer who went public with his concerns about the mistreatment of Iraqis.









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Schools ‘not getting resources for Roma’

Schools are struggling to find the finances and resources to educate Gypsy and Roma children because fear of discrimination means many of their parents are not revealing their true ethnicity, hampering efforts to provide extra funding, inspectors have said. The finding comes as official figures show the number of Gypsy and Roma pupils in UK schools have increased from 16,735 to 19,030 in the past year, after work restrictions were lifted for Romanians within the EU.









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Pupils with special educational needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

Parents who have children with special educational needs (SEN) believe that mainstream schools are failing to help them reach their full potential, according to a report published today. A survey of 1,000 parents by the charity Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, found mainstream schools are failing children with learning disabilities – with 81 per cent of parents saying they are not confident their child’s school is helping them do their best.









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New careers college set to fill skills gap

It has a marine simulator which can reproduce at the touch of a button a replica of ports around the world that any ship’s navigator will sail into. It can also conjure up a range of weather conditions from calm to stormy as you stand at the helm of your ship – giving you the impression of listing when you are, in fact, on terra firma.









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