Education

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
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‘I was the only girl in A-level electronics’

[ad_1] Image copyright Unknown Image caption Khadijah Ismail's unusual A-level choice led to a top apprenticeship As a little girl Khadijah Ismail would spend hours watching aeroplanes through the window of the attic bedroom she shared with her sister near Manchester Airport. She even wrote the airport a letter "on fancy paper and everything", giving her address and asking them to send more planes past her house. The eldest of
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Wealthy families are biggest winners from school appeals

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Appeals can be made over school places by families who missed out on a first preference Families in affluent areas of England are much more likely to succeed in getting a school place on appeal, according to research.The Education Policy Institute has examined what happened to 86,000 families who did not get their first-choice secondary school place.About one in seven of those initially
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Student reunited with mother after 12 years

[ad_1] Would you be able to leave your child at school knowing you would not see them again for more than a decade?That is the stark choice facing some parents in Nepal’s most remote villages who want a better future for their children. The story of one group of teenagers travelling to meet their parents for the first time in 12 years has been turned into the award-winning documentary, Children
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‘We’re artists that happen to be women’

[ad_1] "Women need to start coming up now and showing what we've got to offer."That is the advice of one Cardiff Metropolitan University art student.It comes as the National Museum Wales admitted its collections "embed historical injustice", after research showed men dominated its recent exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions between 2016 and 2018 featured the work of 83 women compared with 273 men.National Museum of Wales director general David Anderson said he