Thursday, 20 Jun 2019

Academy rejects call for parent governors

An academy chain which has already scrapped all its parent governors, says it has no intention of reinstating them, despite the education secretary saying schools should have them. Justine Greening told MPs on Wednesday that she was ditching plans to allow academy chains to operate without any parent governors. She said academy chains should not […]

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National phonics check ‘too basic’

Children can pass the phonics test with just a basic knowledge of the government’s preferred system for learning to read, research suggests. Six-year-olds have to read aloud 20 real words and 20 made-up words in the check, testing their ability to sound out words using the phonics system. It is meant to test knowledge of […]

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Grammar schools benefit rich, says OECD

Grammar schools are likely to benefit wealthy families without raising overall standards, says the OECD’s head of education. Andreas Schleicher said international evidence suggested that selection was not linked to improving schools. He said bright pupils in England were not getting enough opportunities, but grammar school tests were not reliable. “Any kind of one-off test […]

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Teenage hormones ‘turn pupils off school for three years’

Adolescence and boredom can turn pupils off learning for three years in early secondary school, suggests a study. The overwhelming majority of pupils start secondary school with “initial enthusiasm” but this wanes during the first two years, figures suggest. The proportion who “feel good about school” falls 10 percentage points to 84% between ages seven […]

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Councils call for greater powers to tackle illegal schools

Councils are calling for powers to enter houses and other premises, such as illegal schools, where home-educated children are being taught. The Local Government Association says its ability to check if children withdrawn from schools in England and Wales are suitably educated is limited. Currently, council officers can enter a premises only if they have […]

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Saracens Rugby Club to open one of 77 new free schools

They are among a total of 77 new approved state-funded schools, run by academy trusts, community groups, parents and teachers, say ministers. It is the biggest wave of free schools this parliament and continues progress towards the goal of 500 more by 2020. The NUT said the news could not hide the fact “education policy […]

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Plan to raise number of IIT intakes to 1 lakh by 2020

New Delhi: If things go according to plan, the prestigious IITs may admit up to one lakhstudents by 2020. The IIT council will consider a proposal according to which 30,000 additional non-residentstudents will be allowed to study in these institutes in the next three years. According to sources, in the meeting of the IIT council, […]

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Students from Kota institute top NEET

Kota: After claiming the top three positions in JEE-Advanced- 2016 examination, students from Kota coaching institutions have yet again managed to secure the first three ranks in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses. Het Shah (18) from Gujarat scored 685 out of 720 marks to grab the All […]

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