Education (UK)

Teacher at £12k-a-year school took month off to 'care for' fake girlfriend

A teacher at a £12k-a-year school quit after suspicions were raised that he took a month off to "care for" a fake girlfriend.<p>In autumn 2015, Matthew Watts, who worked at Fosse Bank School in Sevenoaks, Kent, took three days off at short notice, and then took off the whole month from November 5 to …

Education

Fettes College pupil expelled from £30,000-a-year school after turning up to chapel service on ecstasy

A pupil at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools has been expelled after turning up at a Sunday chapel service on ecstasy.<p>The 16-year-old was rushed to hospital from Fettes College in Edinburgh after teachers noticed he was acting in an agitated manner.<p>The student, who had only joined …

Education

Schoolgirls aged 12 get highest IQ score possible

Two 12-year-old Welsh schoolgirls have achieved the maximum score possible in a Mensa IQ test, putting them in the top 1% of the population.<p>Lydia …

Education

School trousers or skirts for all: ‘Children should experience equality’

As John Lewis removes girls’ and boys’ labels from children’s clothing, gender neutral uniform is already sweeping through schools<p>For headteacher Jamie Barry, introducing a gender-neutral school uniform policy at his Bristol primary school was just basic common sense. “Why would we define our …

Gender

School mourns death of second pupil

<b>A 13-year-old boy, described as a "promising young pupil", has died after being found unconscious at home.</b><p>The St Matthew's Academy pupil was discovered in Barrie Terrace in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, on Sunday at about 19:00.<p>Police said they were not treating his death as suspicious.<p>The boy is the …

Education

It’s a no-brainer to stop using predicted grades in the university admissions lottery

Teachers’ predicted grades are notoriously inaccurate – so let’s use A-level results instead to end the crazy telephone lottery of clearing<p>In the future we will laugh at things we currently take for granted. How we all carry around big slabs of glass as phones and then act surprised when we smash …

Education

Primary School Pupils Getting Less Than Two Hours Science A Week, Study Finds

Many UK primary schools are teaching science for the equivalent of less than two hours a week, according to a study.<p>The report argues that the subject is not being given enough priority or time by most of the nation’s primaries.<p>The study, commissioned by Wellcome, calculates that primaries dedicate …

Education

'Apprenticeships for the over-60s are impractical and insulting’

As someone who has campaigned for apprenticeships for my whole working life, I can’t get over our minister of state for apprenticeships and skills, …

Education

REVEALED: the hardest school to get in to in Merseyside

More than three fifths of parents who applied for a place in one of Liverpool most popular schools missed out on their first choice.<p>Just 38% of the …

Education

A very modern marriage: super-union leaders plan to ratchet up school cuts fight

Interview: Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, leaders of the combined National Education Union, are looking for politicians to ‘do some big work with us’<p>Kevin Courtney has Mary Bousted on speed dial. Being a self-confessed technophobe, she hasn’t done the same, even though she calls him rather often. …

Education

School accused of body-shaming after kicking pupil out of class for being 'too busty' for dress code

A school has been accused of "body-shaming" after a pupil claimed she was kicked out of class for being too "busty" for her outfit.<p>Kelsey Anderson, …

Education

Domestic abuse: Focus more on children, says Ofsted

<b>"For kids, it is daunting. They come into a refuge, move schools and move again, and move schools again."</b><p>A survivor of domestic abuse explains how children's schooling can be disrupted when a family has to move homes because of domestic violence.<p>Now the watchdog, Ofsted, is calling for greater …

Slavery

New online payments for school meals will mean the loss of almost 100 jobs in Carmarthenshire

Almost 100 jobs are to be lost in schools across Carmarthenshire with the introduction of a new online payment system for meals.<p>The scheme will be …

Education

Free school that opened a year ago set to merge with controversial Norfolk academy

An under-subscribed free school that opened last year is set to be merged with an academy that last week hit the headlines for its controversial …

Education

Children to get taste of Parkour and fencing as primary school expands sports offer

PUPILS at Wibsey Primary School are being given a chance to engage in a wider range of sports, including Parkour and fencing.<p>The school has teamed up …

Education

Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books

A remarkable experiment under way in west Kabul is defying the threat of Isis to deliver radical education to hundreds of young Afghans. Its lessons are vital<p>In the spring of 2002, I went to Afghanistan to write about the refugees returning home from Pakistan over the Khyber Pass after years of …

Opinion

Stockton schools win praise three years after being told 'must do better' by Oftsed

91% of secondary pupils are taught in a 'good' or 'outstanding' school :: It comes three years after an Ofsted call for action

Education

Last-gasp talks see six-day strike called off at Badock's Wood Primary School in Bristol

Teachers have called off a six-day strike at their primary school after an agreement was reached following last-gasp talks.<p>Twelve members of the …

Education

Tes Little Book of Grammar | Tes

Grammar can be a little daunting for all of us, especially when faced with getting it right or wrong in front of a class of watchful students. So, …

Grammar

How can universities help international students feel at home?

Brexit and harsher visa rules are making overseas students feel unwelcome. It’s up to universities to help them settle in<p>There’s never been a more important time for UK universities to nurture their international student population. With the number of applications from EU students falling after …

Students

School reportedly sends number of pupils home in row over uniform

A number of pupils are reported to have been sent home from a Stockton school over a uniform dispute.<p>North Shore Academy, in Stockton, says a large …

Education

Seven Edinburgh Academy pupils suspended for aggressive behaviour

SEVEN pupils have been suspended at one of the Capital’s top fee paying schools amid claims of students fighting on the school grounds.<p>Edinburgh …

Education

Turkey's new school year: Jihad in, evolution out

<b>Turkey's schools have begun the new academic year with a controversial curriculum that leaves out the theory of evolution and brings in the concept of jihad.</b><p>For Turkey's Islamist-rooted government, the idea is for a new "education of values".<p>Critics have denounced new textbooks as "sexist" and …

Education

Students given 'patronising' Paddington Bear-style wristbands to help them get home after nights out

Thousands of new univerity students have been handed Paddington Bear-style wristbands with their address on to help them get home after …

Education

Up to a quarter of secondary schools break the law by failing to teach religious education, survey finds

Up to a quarter of secondary schools are breaking the law by failing to teach religious education, a new survey has shown, as one expert said the subject can be seen as an "easy loss" amid financial pressure.<p>A survey published by the Religious Education Council and the National Association of …

Education

Should we send young offenders to boarding school?

Placing at-risk children in custody doesn’t work. They need the same educational support as their richer peers<p>Not long ago, driving through a Warwickshire town looking for a residential school, of a kind, I drove past a group of pupils walking in a crocodile. The uniforms caught my attention – the …

Opinion

‘Supply teaching is harder than I expected, but it’s still better than teaching full-time’

I left teaching in 2011 after a difficult time in my life. I was a head of department in a school that I didn’t fit into. I’ve often likened being a …

Teaching

The Economy's Impact On Part Time Study

Today's report from London Economics sheds further light on the plight of aspiring part-time students in the UK.<p>The report, entitled, '<i>How is the demand for part-time higher education affected by changing economic conditions?</i>' has been commissioned by academic partners London South Bank University …

Education

One in four students risking career by excessive drinking

A study of 9,000 students and graduates found a strong link between young people who drink excessively and those who do not have clear career …

UK News

How strict is too strict at school?

We asked experts, after a Great Yarmouth academy said pupils must smile – and thank teachers after lessons. Tell us what you think below<p>An academy in Great Yarmouth has revised its behaviour guidelines after parents complained they were too strict. A rulebook circulated to staff had said teachers …

Education