Education

Ban painful restraint techniques on children, say charities

[ad_1] Ministers are under growing pressure to ban the painful headlocks, wrist and arm twists that can be used to control children's behaviour in youth prisons.The national inquiry into child sexual abuse (Iicsa) recently concluded "pain compliance" measures were child abuse and should be outlawed.And the Equalities and Human Rights Commission ruled last week that such methods should not be used on children.The government said restraint was used only as
Education

Legal bid in Birmingham grammar schools entrance row

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Maps Image caption The changes will come into effect at six free grammar schools including King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys Parents with children at grammar schools where entrance criteria has changed are raising funds for a lawyer to look into the lowering of pass marks, and boosting intake among city and disadvantaged children.The King Edward state grammar schools in Birmingham say they want
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Councillors make case for extra school funds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More than 1,000 councillors in England have written to the education secretary urging the government to give schools billions of pounds in extra funding.The letter to Damian Hinds calls for an end to spending cuts and for adequate funding for special needs (Send).A report last year by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said total spending per pupil in England had fallen by 8% in real
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Cardiff dad wants unisex baby change facility law

[ad_1] Image copyright Tony Esposti Image caption Tony, Joanne and Joseff Esposti on a family trip to see the Lions rugby team play in New Zealand Changing his son on a wheelie bin lid and in a car boot has led one father to call for baby changing facilities in public places to be accessible for both men and women.Tony Esposti wants the Welsh Assembly to make all new and
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Search for descendants of first children in care 150 years on

[ad_1] Image copyright Action for Children Image caption The first two children taken in by National Children's Homes - Fred (left) and George This grainy photo of two raggedly-dressed boys, Fred and George, shows two of the first children to be admitted to a children's home in England 150 years ago.The house in Church Street, Lambeth, was the first incarnation of the National Children's Home and Orphanage, set up by
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Plans for new register for home-educated children

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government is consulting on plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home.Under the plan, it would be parents' responsibility to register their child if they were not attending a state school or registered private school.Ministers say a register would help councils to intervene when standards are poor or if children are at risk.The education department estimates
Education

Starbucks to pay staff tuition fees

[ad_1] Starbucks is offering to pay tuition fees for UK staff wanting to get a degree from a US university.The coffee chain is to provide the cost of university as an employee incentive in the UK, for courses taught online by Arizona State University.A similar scheme in the US has enrolled 18,000 staff - and the UK will begin with an initial 100 places, with the promise to expand if
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LGBT lesson row head teachers ‘feel alone’ and unsupported

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is in the books that Parkfield parents are protesting about? Head teachers involved in a row over primary school LGBT rights classes say they "feel alone" and unsupported.Parents, mostly of Muslim faith, have protested outside Parkfield Community School in Birmingham arguing their children should not learn about same-sex relationships.More than 85 heads met with Department for Education (DfE) officials and