Children in schools that have converted into academies do not perform significantly better than pupils in similar schools that choose to remain under local authority control, research suggests.
Universities and colleges will be forced to vet external speakers for “extremist” views as part of a renewed crackdown on radicalisation, ministers have indicated.
Facebook helps students learn complex subjects – like science – and should possibly be used as a serious learning tool, a first-of-its-kind study has suggested.
Cracking jokes about her family and recalling her home in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai had a weekend unlike many other teenagers’ as she continued to captivate audiences across America with a series of lectures in her latest tour of the country.
Nicky Morgan says secondary schools will be classed as coasting if they fail to ensure that 60% of pupils get five good GCSE grades
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has defined “coasting schools” as those that fail to ensure 60% of pupils get five good GCSE grades, leaving the schools liable for intervention.
Morgan has delivered the definition a month after the term was introduced in the Queen’s speech, alongside a warning that she wants to “shine a light on complacency”.Continue reading...
Funds given to schools to narrow attainment gap is being cancelled out in some cases by cuts in other funding, National Audit Office finds
Extra funding given to schools to support the nation’s poorest children and narrow the attainment gap is being undermined by budget cuts that are beginning to bite in even the most disadvantaged schools, according to a report.
The government pays the pupil premium directly to schools as extra funding for children aged five to 16 from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with the aim of improving their academic performance.Continue reading...
Counter-Terrorism Act, which also applies to NHS trusts, schools and further education institutions, comes into force
Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.
The requirement was imposed by this year’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, and Home Office ministers have pointed out that the wide-ranging powers come into force in the week that David Cameron demanded “a full spectrum response” to the killing of as many as 30 British tourists in Tunisia.Continue reading...
Justices to hear case on race in admission policy for the second time after white woman sues over rejected application to Austin campus
The US supreme court on Monday agreed to wade back into a years-long legal battle over the use of race in the undergraduate admissions process at the University of Texas, setting the stage for a seminal challenge to affirmative action in higher education.
In a one-line order on the last day of an eventful session, the justices said they would return to the case involving Abigail Fisher, a white student from Texas, who was denied admission by the university’s Austin campus in 2008 under its race-conscious admissions policy. After her rejection, Fisher and her lawyers sued the university for discrimination.Continue reading...
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