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Philip Pullman decries 'terrible state' of children's education in the arts

His Dark Materials author disparages obsession with league tables and calls for theatre visits to be made part of curriculum<p>Children’s education in the arts is in a “terrible state” thanks to an obsession with exams and league tables, the award-winning novelist Philip Pullman has said.<p>The author of …

Girl, 9, applies for Cambridge University's Professor of Lego post

First application for new Professor of Lego post made by nine-year-old girl<p>A super keen nine-year-old girl has applied for the role of Professor of Lego at Cambridge University - before the job was even advertised.<p>The youngster put herself forward citing her experience building Lego and offered her …

These elementary school kids are freaking out over a math game called Fact Dash

"But no, it's Fact Dash going on," she added, in the video.<p>That's not hyperbole. Watch this video of elementary students competing head-to-head in a math competition that happens everyday at the end of school.<p>What looks like utter chaos is a carefully crafted game created by Principal …

This crocodile math problem had Scottish students in tears

LONDON — How quick can a crocodile swim upstream to catch a zebra?<p>Very few of us will ever know the answer, it seems, as the maths problem was one of …

'Show us that you care': a student's view on what makes a perfect teacher

Ofsted has its own ideas about outstanding lessons, but what young people love about teachers is quite different<p>The perfect teacher. In Ofsted’s eyes, that probably means exemplary lesson plans and 30 immaculately marked books with targets for improvement. But, as a 16-year-old, I’m not sure I …

Why 5+5+5 doesn’t always make 15: Maths exam question divides the internet

A Year 3 pupil was marked down for the solution written out for 5x3<p>Working out the answer to 5x3 may seem simple enough but the solution one student gave has sparked an online debate.<p>The maths question, which asks pupils to work out 5x3 using the repeated addition strategy, was posted on …

Pupils 'shamed online over bad handwriting'

Children are getting online abuse because of poor handwriting, an expert has warned<p>Children's handwriting has deteriorated to such an extent in recent years that pupils are being subjected to online abuse and bullying, a leading expert has warned.<p>It has also been claimed that a significant …

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When are the school Christmas holidays and term dates 2016/2017?

School term dates 2016-2017<p>School holidays come and go in the blink of an eye. One moment you are looking forward to the half term break, the next, the children are back at school and Christmas is looming on the not too distant horizon.<p>Keeping track of when your children are expected to be in …

Obsession with 'literacy' stifling writing talent, says Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has said a drive to improve literacy is strangling a generation of storytellers<p>He is one of the country's foremost writers, whose fantastical novels enthral children and adults alike.<p>But Michael Morpugo has warned that the Government's obsession with improving "literacy" threatens …

Geri Halliwell: Former Spice Girl launches her own free school

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell – now Geri Horner – has her sights set on a new form of empowerment – education.<p>The singer, who married F1 boss …

Fact or fiction? The reasons teachers choose the job – and quit

Are they just in it for the holidays? Is behaviour behind the ongoing teaching exodus? We unpick the misconceptions<p>What makes people become teachers? And why do so many of them quit? Amid ongoing concern about teacher shortages, a new report explores these questions. The survey of more than 1,000 …

Teaching Grammar a Few Craft Moves at a Time

As teachers, we’re always thinking of ways to make grammar less scary for students. Most students would say that grammar is a set of rules, so we …

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How to ... turn your classroom into a haunted house

Deck out your classroom for a spooktacular Halloween with pumpkin lanterns, scary sudoku and ghostly faces<p>It’s Halloween again, the only time in the teaching calendar when it’s perfectly acceptable to come into school dressed as Dracula and plaster your classroom with spiders, ghosts and pumpkins. …

Spain to teach bullfighting in schools

Spain’s education ministry has drawn up plans to create courses in bullfighting as an option in state schools<p>Spain’s education ministry has drawn up plans to create courses in bullfighting as an optional subject in state schools.<p>For the first time, bullfighting, as well as other subjects related to …

Inside the school where punishment is banned

Despite its 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted, Kilgarth School in Birkenhead is now adopting a radical new approach to discipline. Joseph Lee finds out why<p>The boys all arrive in taxis, but it’s a rare touch of luxury in a school surrounded by deprivation. If you attend Kilgarth School in Birkenhead, …