Warnings on exclusion levels in Norfolk | James

More than 140 children are not getting a school education after exclusions hit a record high in Norfolk, it has emerged. Council figures show 290 pupils were barred in 2015-16, with numbers set to remain the same in 2016-17. The BBC has been told many of the 140 Norfolk children not in schools are being […]

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New York governor says progress in Hungary university talks | James

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, says his talks with Hungarian authorities over a threatened university are making “good progress”. The Central European University in Budapest has become the centre of a symbolic, international stand-off. The university says Hungary’s government has been trying to force its closure and undermine academic freedom. The university has accreditation in […]

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Pisa test scores ‘risk’ to Wales economy warning | James

Wales is in danger of missing out economically unless it improves its performance in global education tests, a former government advisor has said. Prof David Reynolds warned ministers would miss their targets for the Pisa tests unless teacher training improved. Industrialists made investment decisions based on this “most important test”, he told BBC Wales. The […]

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Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’ | James

Low numbers of teachers being recruited in Wales is “bordering on crisis” levels, a union has said. Welsh Government figures showed the target for trainee teacher intake in secondary schools and for PGCEs had both been missed in 2015-16. Owen Hathway, Wales policy officer for the NUT, said the pressures and stresses of the job […]

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Grenfell Tower: Pupils share ‘happy memories’ of lost friends | James

Children across the UK dressed up for the #GreenForGrenfell day – organised to raise money for the Grenfell Tower Appeal. It was a particularly emotional day for one school in particular- Avondale Park Primary School’s playground is in the shadow of the burnt-out tower block. It lost pupils, teachers and families in the tragedy. Pupils […]

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Schools go green to support Grenfell fire victims | James

Pupils in schools in London and other parts of England are wearing green to show support for those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. The campaign is asking pupils and staff to give £1 to charity in exchange for wearing something green for the day. The idea arose when students at Fulham Cross Girls’ […]

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Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania? | James

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. The Global Learning XPrize is a challenge to teams around the world to develop software and apps for tablets that could help youngsters […]

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