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Term-time holiday fines 'need common sense approach'

<b>A "common sense approach" should be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays, the Local Government Association says.</b><p>Strict new rules on term-time holidays - including fines - were introduced two years ago to crack down on absence.<p>But the LGA says the system is …

Playtime is crucial for a child's development – cut it at your peril

More schools are shortening the day by cutting break and lunchtimes, with worrying implications for young people’s wellbeing and learning<p>We’ve all been there. The thundering steps across the tarmac. The nervous glance over your shoulder. The hand reaching for you with a shout of “You’re it!” …

Teaching

Let parents trigger heads' sacking, says free school group

<b>Parents should be able to trigger the sacking of weak head teachers, says a charity that sets up free schools.</b><p>The New Schools Network wants parents to have a legal right to force intervention in failing schools.<p>Other measures could include ordering a school to become an academy, outside local …

Benefits of after school clubs & activities

Activities after school don’t just keep restless kids busy or entertained. They can also offer great developmental benefits that will help them …

Schoolchildren need a more inclusive introduction to sport

Children starting primary school this September are likely to be part of the most inactive generation in history, and the first who can expect to live shorter lives than their parents. We must act now to change this.<p>The Active Inspiration campaign is tackling this problem head on, working with 40 …

Education

Schools should be 'fined' if pupils fail get C at English and maths GCSEs, think-tank says

Schools should be “fined” if their pupils fail to get at least a C grade in English and maths at GCSE, an influential think-tank says.<p>The cash would …

David Cameron to give all schools chance to become academies free of local authorities

All schools will be given the chance to become academies free of local authority control, David Cameron will pledge to mark 100 days since the …

The Universe Is Definitely Dying - But It's Going To Take A While

An international team of astronomers have confirmed that the energy in the Universe today is only about half of what it was two billion years ago – the Universe is slowly dying.<p>But before you start prepping for the end with a run at the canned goods section of your grocery store, you should know …

Universe

School truancies lead to rise in prosecution of parents

<b>The number of parents taken to court in England because of children skipping school rose sharply last year, official figures show.</b><p>In 2014, 16,430 people were prosecuted for failing to ensure their children went to school, an increase of more than 3,000 - or 25% - on 2013.<p>Ministry of Justice …

Pupil-premium impact 'will take time', says spending body

<b>Money allocated to schools for poorer pupils is yet to make an impact, the spending watchdog has said in a report.</b><p>The National Audit Office (NAO) said although the pupil premium had "potential", there was still "more to do" by schools and government.<p>The government says it wants every child to …

'Coasting schools' face tough exam targets

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/education/1177000/1177067_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524775042_0eb38daca8c41cb52665bdbddc958be0<p><b>Schools in England will face tougher exam targets, under plans announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.</b><p>Those falling below the targets, …

M2.0 and M2.6 solar flares with full halo CME

Sunday, 21 June 2015 - 06:50 UTC<p>A double peaked long duration solar flare (M2.0 and M2.6) took place around sunspot region 2371 early this morning …

Ofsted purges 1,200 'not good enough' inspectors

<b>Ofsted is ditching 1,200 school and college inspectors after assessing them as not good enough to judge schools.</b><p>The move by England's education inspectorate is part of its plan to improve quality and consistency, and bring inspections in-house.<p>Ofsted had been using about 3,000 additional …

The Guardian view on religious education in schools: don’t trash it, transform it

Religious education is now an appendix to the school curriculum: a survival from earlier times which seems to have lost whatever use it once had, but which sometimes bursts out in painful and dangerous infections. The present legal settlement dates from 1944, and a time when it seemed self-evident, …

Religion

Spacecraft that landed on comet finally wakes up

BERLIN (AP) — To scientists' relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth …

Space

Hashtag is 'children's word of year'

<b>Hashtag has been declared "children's word of the year" by the Oxford University Press.</b><p>OUP analysed more than 120,421 short stories by children aged between five and 13 years old, submitted to the BBC's 500 Words competition.<p>According to the OUP, new technology is increasingly at the centre of the …

Queen's Speech: 'Coasting' schools improvement plan

<b>A more rapid intervention for underperforming schools in England is expected to be announced in the government's legislative plans.</b><p>The Queen's Speech will set out how standards can be raised in so-called "coasting schools".<p>The Conservatives have also promised to double the free childcare for …

Nicky Morgan: Coasting schools 'face intervention'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/education/1167000/1167681_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524775042_29a095fd1fb8f3a33c98383aabbdf288<p><b>Coasting schools will face quicker government intervention, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.</b><p>Under new plans, ministers could force …

Schools feeding and clothing pupils, say heads

<b>Head teachers are warning that schools are having to act like "mini-welfare states" in having to provide food, spare uniform and even to wash clothes and provide showers for some pupils.</b><p>The National Association of Head Teachers says such welfare support is costing £43.5m from school budgets.<p>Heads' …

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We teach our students how to behave by what we allow, what we stop, what we ognore and what we reinforce.<p>See more<p>The Secret Life of Teachers<p>On Year 3 …

Teacher’s Guide: Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy

Social media and text messages have blurred the lines between students’ school lives and private lives. While most schools take clear steps to …

Tories to announce resits for pupils who fail end of primary school exams

Children who fail exams at the end of primary school will have to resit them the following year, in an effort to ensure pupils are “secondary ready”, the Conservatives are to announce as part their general election campaign push on education.<p>The resits would apply to about 100,000 11- or …

Elections

Buzz Aldrin excites conspiracy theorists when he tells Reddit he saw a ‘UFO’ on Apollo 11 flight

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Conspiracies

At Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft reemerging into the light

It’s almost showtime, Ceres.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the dwarf planet after spending about a month approaching from the mysterious little world’s dark side, officials atJet Propulsion Laboratorysaid Friday.<p>"They are on the ground," Dawn's deputy principal …

Astronomy