Education

Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

[ad_1] Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early 2020. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond's announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges. Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, called the latest move "fantastic news". Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "No-one should be held back from reaching their potential". Free sanitary products for
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North Yorkshire head eliminates school exclusions

[ad_1] Image copyright North Yorkshire County Council Image caption Colin Scott said he won't give up on any of his pupils at Risedale Sports and Community College A secondary school head teacher has stopped all exclusions, saying he does not want to give up on pupils, despite its performance falling as a result. Risedale Sports and Community College, in Catterick, North Yorkshire, gave out 85 fixed-term exclusions in 2015-16 but
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‘How I made fathers in Senegal carry babies on their backs’

[ad_1] Image copyright Marta Moreiras Image caption Birama, a civil engineer, and his baby Ndeye Marta Moreiras and the subjects of her portraits - fathers carrying babies on their backs - were surprised by the attention they attracted as she took their photographs on the streets of Senegal's capital Dakar."People were clapping - sometimes it was a bit hard to take the picture because we were having such a large
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Parents find out about primary school places

[ad_1] Image copyright Thinkstock Families in England will find out on Tuesday whether their children have got into their preferred primary schools.Last year about one in 10 families missed out on their first choice - but 98% got one of their top three places.Primary schools have added 636,000 extra places since 2010 to meet rising numbers - but that demographic bulge is now moving on to secondary.Head teachers' leader Paul
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The ‘untold misery’ of special needs shortfalls

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Large funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are causing "untold misery" for thousands of families, a teaching union says.National Education Union analysis found spending was not keeping pace with rapidly increasing demand in nearly all (93%) of England's local councils.It said between 2015 and 2018, the number of special needs care plans grew 33%, while funding rose only 6%.The government says it is
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‘I was put in a school isolation booth more than 240 times’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 200 pupils spent at least five straight days in isolation booths in schools in England last year A girl who tried to kill herself after spending months in an isolation booth at school has said she felt "alone, trapped and no-one seemed to care".The teenager, who has autism, had no direct teaching and ate her lunch in the room, away from
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Abuse of teachers leading to ‘millions’ in compensation

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK teachers were awarded millions of pounds in compensation from schools last year after suffering "appalling treatment", a union has claimed.The NASUWT teachers' union said its members had received £14.9m over the past 12 months as a result of attacks, injuries and discrimination at work.One teacher received £10,000 after being racially abused more than a dozen times in 18 months, the NASUWT said.The Department for
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Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increasing numbers of children in poverty find it harder to learn, say teachers Poverty is harming children's capacity to learn and it's getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers. Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can't sleep properly, struggle to learn says the National Education Union (NEU). "I try to teach my phonics group as I am
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Just 15% of new schools fitted with fire sprinklers

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government has been accused of a "callous disregard" for pupils' safety after admitting just 15% of new schools are being built with sprinklers to tackle fires.Schools minister Nick Gibb said 105 of the 673 schools built and open by February were fitted with sprinklers.The government said sprinklers were installed when "considered necessary".But the Fire Brigades Union said the government was showing "utter complacency" on fire
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Ruskin College: Row over tutor Dr Lee Humber’s suspension

[ad_1] Image caption Dr Lee Humber claims he is being victimised by Ruskin College An Oxford college campus is in upheaval after a tutor was suspended under mysterious circumstances.Dr Lee Humber was told to stay away from Ruskin College shortly after he helped to organise a vote of no confidence against its principal.He told the BBC he was being "victimised" and the uncertainty was causing stress to his students.The college