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Free Schools - For or Against?
The Government legislated free schools in the Academies Act 2010 and since announcing the plans for the all-ability state-funded schools, several teaching unions have voiced their concerns about where the money is coming from.

28 February 2011

Confusion over future building projects
New research shows widespread confusion among education workers over where to access information for future building projects.

24 February 2011

Children's education harmed by poverty
Poverty in Britain is affecting the education of 1.6 million youngsters raised in families with both income and material deprivation.

23 February 2011

Behind the scenes at the Tamil Academy
England's schools are frequently criticised for their lack of dedication to teaching languages. Campaigns like Speak to the Future emphasise the importance of improving Britain's ranking, but in today's multicultural society it is increasingly important that children from immigrant families have access to support, not only in English, but also in their native language.

22 February 2011

Dream teachers answer the toughest questions
Not every school can boast teachers with such familiar names as David Starkey, Rolf Harris, Alistair Campbell, Simon Callow or Tinchy Strider, but TV chef Jamie Oliver has them all on the rota for his new Dream School project.

18 February 2011

Schools warned of child abuse in Devon
Devon and Cornwall Police have written to thousands of parents of children at secondary schools in Torbay and Teignbridge in Devon to inform them of a major investigation into child exploitation and abuse.

17 February 2011

PM accused of youth betrayal over scrapping of EMA
The latest unemployment figures have revealed that the number of young people out of work jumped by 44,000 in the final three months of 2010, to just under 2.5 million.

16 February 2011

NUT launches new Reading4Pleasure resource
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has launched a new online resource aimed at helping teachers keep pupils motivated to read both in and outside school. The Reading4Pleasure site is part of the union's call to schools to move away from reading tests where, the union says, pupils answer mundane questions or only read extracts rather than an entire novel. The union's work is based on reports by the OECD and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which show links between higher attainment and reading for pleasure. The reports also concluded that nearly 40% of children don't read outside the classroom.

15 February 2011

Esther Rantzen introduces new Community Awards
TV presenter, ChildLine founder and campaigner Esther Rantzen is one of the ambassadors for the Community Education Awards. She is well aware that children have a great deal of interest in fundraising and helping their communities and says these projects encourage them to be part of something bigger, working within their schools and with their teachers:

14 February 2011

High Court rules against DfE over BSF cancellation
A judge has said Michael Gove is guilty of "an abuse of power" over his scrapping of parts of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Mr Justice Holman said the Education Secretary failed to seek proper consultation or give valid reasons for stopping individual BSF projects, and that even in the current economic climate there was no public interest or justification for his decisions.

11 February 2011

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