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Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded.England's schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding, after concerns were raised about falling standards.It said 256 lost their top-level rating as a result.In 2011, inspectors were stopped from carrying out routine inspections of these top-rated schools.The move, during Michael Gove's
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Secondary teachers ‘want more flexible working patterns’

[ad_1] Image caption Jennifer Hart: 'When I come in, I'm ready to go' Secondary school leaders are being urged do more to accommodate teachers who want to work part-time or flexibly.A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research says there is an "unmet demand" from secondary teachers wanting to reduce or alter their hours. It estimates that one in six teachers would like to reduce their hours - one
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Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two-thirds of students support universities being able to warn parents if students have a mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests.There have been concerns about student suicides and the survey indicated worsening levels of anxiety on campus.Only 14% reported "life satisfaction", in this study of 14,000 UK students.And most thought even though students were independent adults, universities should in an emergency be allowed to disclose
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Trade war: How reliant are US colleges on Chinese students?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increasing numbers of Chinese students attend US colleges The United States is the number one destination for Chinese students seeking to study abroad.They make up one-third of the total international body in the US and pay significant sums to study at top institutions. However, there is growing pressure in the US to place restrictions on foreign students, particularly Chinese, amid tensions between the
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Stateless in Africa: Why 700,000 have their ‘dreams ended’

[ad_1] Sixteen-year-old Peter should be preparing for his future by taking his final exams.However, he is one of the 700,000 stateless citizens in Africa, which means he won't be able to finish his schooling.Peter is part of a small Shona community in Kenya, whose Zimbabwean ancestors travelled to Nairobi as missionaries in the 60s. That means he is neither a citizen of Kenya or Zimbabwe.Christine Njeri from BBC What's New?
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Education: Wales NHS bill will rise without PE lessons

[ad_1] Image copyright DGLimages/Getty Images Image caption The curriculum will be rolled out from September 2022 for children currently in Year 3 and below The Welsh NHS bill will "go through the roof" without regular PE in schools, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has said.Due to be introduced in 2022, the draft curriculum does not specify a set amount of physical activity every week.The former Paralympic gold medallist, who sits in the
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What’s the right age to quit maths?

[ad_1] Image copyright Imgorthand Unlike in many other countries, young people in the US must take maths until they leave school. Now arts students in New York are staging a rebellion over it. So what is the right time to quit studying maths?Does a young Jennifer Aniston need to understand geometry? Should the next Nicki Minaj have to study calculus? Some of the students at LaGuardia, the high school that
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P1 assessments to continue with ‘important modifications’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government insists the assessments are not high-stakes tests Standardised assessments for P1 pupils should be allowed to continue if "important modifications" are made, an independent review has concluded.Education Secretary John Swinney announced a review of the tests after MSPs voted urging him to "halt" them.This followed concerns about how the assessments are put into practice and how useful the data they produce
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Picking feet: Worst thing an exam invigilator did?

[ad_1] Image copyright kosziv For students in an exam room already under pressure, the last thing they want is to be stressed by an invigilator.But according to some experiences shared on social media, invigilators can be a big distraction.Exams might need invigilators - they have to check that no-one is cheating and who else is going to sprint like their life depends on it to pick up that pencil you