Education

Heads want pay code after £500,000 academy boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Schools have faced budget shortages – and heads want clearer rules on top pay Head teachers say the pay levels of all school staff in England, including academy bosses, should be in a fairer framework to stop “fat cat” pay gaps. The chief executive of the Harris Federation was […]

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UK raises overseas education aid by 50%

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK is promising funding to keep 880,000 children in school in poorer countries The UK is increasing its support for a global education fund for developing countries by 50% to £75m per year. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt is making the announcement at a global conference in Senegal, […]

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Religious extremists 'trying to pervert education'

Image copyright Getty Images Religious extremists are using schools to narrow children’s horizons and “pervert education”, England’s chief inspector of schools has warned. Amanda Spielman said some community leaders see schools as vehicles to “indoctrinate impressionable minds” – with extremist ideology in some cases. Ofsted inspectors are increasingly coming into contact with such extremists, she […]

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Teacher retention: Government 'failing to get a grip'

Image copyright JAKE RUSBY Image caption Jake Rusby left after just three years “Lesson planning, marking, carrying out assessments, parents evenings – there was always something to do. “I felt very much under pressure to move children on in their learning, to meet their targets,” says Jake Rusby, who left teaching after three years. “I […]

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Heads warn of 'chronic' funding shortages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Schools have been protesting about budget shortages Head teachers from 5,500 schools across England have signed a joint letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond warning of “chronic” funding shortages. It comes as a primary school in west London says it is considering cutting hours because of money problems. The heads […]

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'Class divide' in university entry exams

Image copyright PA Image caption About a fifth of university places are awarded on the basis of vocational exams Half of white working-class students going to university in England have applied with vocational qualifications as well as A-levels, a think tank says. And in the North East, the Social Market Foundation says, 35% of them […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day: A Nazi in the family

Image copyright Derek Niemann Image caption Karl Niemann tending his garden Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the six million Jews murdered during World War Two and the millions of people killed in Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides. This week I accompanied British author Derek Niemann to a meeting in London, where he […]