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Easter Sats revision classes ‘a growing trend’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There's a growing trend of primary schools running Easter holiday revision classes for formal tests, known as Sats, a teachers' union says.The NASUWT union says "cramming sessions" are becoming more common in schools ahead of the tests sat in May.It says children should not be in school over the holidays, but should be spending time with their families.Ministers say the tests are an important way
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More female teachers report upskirting, says union

[ad_1] Image caption Gina Martin campaigned after becoming a victim of upskirting at a gig in London in 2017 Schools must do more to protect female teachers following an "enormous growth" in the number of reports of upskirting, a teachers' union says.The NASUWT union says it was aware of cases of upskirting - where pictures are taken without permission under a skirt - involving pupils aged 14, with "some as
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ENA: The elite French school that trains presidents

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ENA in Strasbourg is an incubator for France's top talent For France's intellectual crème de la crème a place at the elite Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) is coveted above all others.The school has long selected and trained leaders, including former presidents François Hollande and Jacques Chirac, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and foreign presidents.Many try repeatedly to pass ENA's notoriously tough entrance exams, so
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Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

[ad_1] Many teachers are experiencing violence and abuse from pupils, a survey of teachers suggests.Nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers say they face violence once a week, the poll of nearly 5,000 members of the NASUWT teachers' union finds.Four in 10 (42%) have been threatened verbally. "Verbal abuse is now part of the daily working landscape for a primary teacher," one teacher said. The Department for Education said such violence
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Teachers ‘paying for resources out of own money’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images One in five teachers is using their own money to buy classroom resources once a week, a survey by the NASUWT suggests. And 45% of the 4,386 members of the teachers' union surveyed said they had bought essentials such as food or clothing for pupils in the last year.The survey comes as about 7,000 head teachers in England wrote to parents before the Easter holidays
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Teachers: Unions criticise minimum wage internship

[ad_1] Image caption Stranmillis University College told BBC News NI that the internships were primarily support roles under the guidance of senior staff, and not teaching posts. Two teaching unions have strongly criticised a minimum wage internship for teachers run by Stranmillis University College.The college is currently offering two "graduate internships" at Dundonald Primary School in Belfast.They are paid at a rate of £7.70 per hour.The posts are for recently
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Warning over pupils moving between schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There are warnings that some of the 55,000 "unexplained" moves by pupils between schools in England over five years, could include schools wanting to remove difficult children.The Education Policy Institute has looked at cases where pupils have changed school without moving home.Almost a quarter of these moves have taken place in 330 secondary schools.David Laws, chairman of the think tank, said it raised concerns "whether
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Pupils shut in isolation rooms for hours, teachers say

[ad_1] Image caption Isolation booths are used in hundreds of schools in England Children are being held in isolation rooms for as long as six hours a day for minor infringements of behaviour policies, a teachers' conference heard.National Education Union delegates described how isolation booths were filled with children with special needs and those with difficult home lives.They said children turning round in class, or speaking to canteen staff, could
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Open University: Photos issued to mark 50th anniversary

[ad_1] Image copyright The Open University Image caption The OU's late-night TV programmes became cult viewing for students and insomniacs The Open University, the UK's largest educational institution, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.It was set up to bring degree-level learning to people who had not had the chance to go to a traditional campus, and pioneered long-distance study.The university teamed up with the BBC to produce course programmes, famously shown
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LGBT lessons ‘should be compulsory in primary schools’

[ad_1] Image caption Parents protested about LGBT+ education at some Birmingham primary schools Teachers are calling for LGBT+ relationships education to be made compulsory in UK primary schools.The demand, at the National Education Union conference in Liverpool, comes after protests at several primaries in Birmingham over an equality programme. The protesters said the programme, No Outsiders, clashed with their religious beliefs.Delegate Deborah Gwynn said primary school pupils would have family