Scotland to introduce national primary school tests to ‘close gap between rich and poor pupils’

National testing is to be introduced in Scottish primary schools for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to close the gap between rich and poor pupils, Nicola Sturgeon has said as she laid out her long term plans for the future of the country.

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Teaching primary school children philosophy improves English and maths skills, says study

Teaching philosophy to primary school children can improve their English and maths skills, according to a pilot study highlighting the value of training pupils to have inquiring minds.

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General Election 2015: Failing primary school children face more resits under Tory plans

Any child who fails English and maths tests at 11 will be forced to repeat them in secondary school, under Conservative plans to improve literacy and numeracy.

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Controversial plan to test new primary school pupils infuriates teachers

A controversial form of testing for four- and five-year-olds – to be trialled in September before being rolled out nationally next year – is designed to give teachers an indication of what their pupils can manage when they start compulsory schooling.

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Baseline tests for new primary school students ‘dragoons children,’ say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped

A campaign to scrap new baseline tests for four- and five-year-olds to be taken in the first few weeks of their starting in reception class has been launched.

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Free school meals: Lib Dems promise to expand policy to all primary school pupils in next parliament

All primary school children will receive free school meals if the Liberal Democrats have a role in the next government, the schools minister David Laws pledges today.

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Number of primary school children taking part in arts activities has dropped by a third since the last election, Labour claims

A significant drop in the number of primary school children taking part in dance, music and drama is highlighted in a report by Labour today.

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Funding boost for primary school PE

Extra funding is to be made available to double the number of PE specialists working in primary schools in England, says the Department for Education.
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Primary school places appeals: Parents are faced with ‘meaningless’ process, warns Labour

Thousands of parents will miss out on their first choice of primary school this week, with families in the worst affected areas facing a “virtually meaningless” appeals process. Parents will not know whether their four-year-olds will be go to their preferred school until Wednesday, when 600,000 children will be allocated their primary school places.

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Crisis in primary places as one in seven children fail to win admission to their first choice school

Teachers’ leaders warned of a crisis in primary school places on a day when thousands of parents had to face up to the disappointment of not getting their child into their first-choice school.

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