Wog lover, Paki lover. Georgiana Sale, the headteacher at City of Leeds School, has been called them all. Ever since it was reported, wrongly, that her school was to give all its pupils English as a foreign language (Tefl) lessons, her phone has been ringing off the hook.
"People are saying that I should be sacked for spending British taxpayers' money on educating foreigners," she says in a bluff, northern voice. "Somebody said to me: 'Why don't you just send the foreign children away?' As if I have any choice. These children are like family. You can't choose them."
The chatter is rising as more than 100 girls wait for the show to begin. The 11- and 12-year-old pupils of St Marylebone CE School for girls in London are about to get a rather unusual physics lesson. Rather than dry diagrams on a whiteboard and dog-eared handouts, the pupils of this state school watch a stage show that blends smart situation comedy with references to Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams, Alton Towers and a guest appearance generating many aahs from Dancing on Ice star Laura Hamilton.
But in between, a trio of engineers smuggle in Newton's third law of motion, Archimedes's Eureka moment and fluid dynamics. The hall is electrified. Hands shoot up. "Me, me, me," bounces off the walls, as almost every girl vies to be the next to experience centrifugal force.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of education, will this week warn childminders and nurseries that they will need to show more evidence to parents that they are preparing young children for the academic rigours of school.
He will insist that parents be given proof of progress in key areas, and is also expected to usher in new standards for providers of early years education. A source close to Ofsted said Wilshaw believed that there were "serious weaknesses in the information provided to parents, meaning it is difficult to hold providers of early education to account".
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How Anna is attempting to learn Russian through Skype
My first Skype class learning Russian had me discussing sandwiches, so by lesson two my appetite was whet for talk of cream cakes or maybe a fresh fruit salad. But my conversation with Olga has switched from finger food to the revolution.
Despite the latter being of particular relevance at the moment, it's merely coincidental that it comes up in class Olga begins our lesson by giving me an English word and making me guess how to translate it into Russian.
Grants and taxpayer-backed student loans going to fund higher education at a handful of private colleges will balloon to £900m next year, the government has revealed.
I'm in year 13 and I recently completed and submitted my extended project qualification (EPQ). I studied conspiracy theories about the moon landings and gained skills like time management and critical thinking. But I'm not convinced that an EPQ was the best use of my time.
The EPQ is a self-motivated project that carries the same Ucas points as an AS level, and is increasingly popular with students over 30,000 did it in 2013. There are several types of EPQ: you can write a research-based report, put on an event like a fashion show or charity fundraiser, or make something like a piece of art or a game.
London has a proud tradition of embracing its many different cultures and languages. Within neighbourhoods, schools often fulfil the role of "community hubs", engaging families across cultures, supporting newly-arrived families and those with English as an additional language to overcome barriers, and encourage their children to achieve and contribute their skills and talents.
Until recently, this important role was supported via local authorities in the form of the ethnic minority achievement grant, which funded a range of interventions aimed at narrowing achievement gaps amongst ethnic minority and pupils who speak English as an additional language. However, with the devolution of budgets to schools, funding for specialist, extended services and family learning is no longer ring-fenced, and it is very much up to each individual school how much of a "community hub" they wish to be.
White university students at English universities receive significantly higher degree grades than their peers from minority ethnic backgrounds with the same entry qualifications, research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England has revealed.
The report found that 72% of white students who have grades BBB at A-level went on to gain a first or upper second-class degree, compared with only 56% of Asian students and 53% of black students. The figures from the most comprehensive study of its kind raise concerns that universities in England are failing to support black and Asian undergraduates during their student career, despite improved efforts to recruit them.
The government has confirmed it is to introduce a new type of test for four- and five-year-olds at the start of their school career in England but will allow an elite group of primary schools to opt out of the tests if they are confident of meeting tougher targets in later years.
Shaun Dellenty is deputy headtecher at Alfred Salter primary school in Rotherhithe, London. In 2010, he launched the Inclusion for All initiative to tackle homophobic bullying in his school and now hosts in-house training days for external teachers and leaders to learn how to implement similar schemes in their schools. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaunDellenty.
In the very last driving lesson just before my test, I made a couple of monumental errors. They were so bad (might have involved trying to go round a fellow learner who was reversing around a corner), my driving instructor made me pull over and severely reprimanded me by the side of the road. I panicked. Maybe I wasn't ready for the test after all. I hadn't actually driven for that long; what if I failed? My world was going to end in an implosion of embarrassment.
When it came to the test day, I passed. My instructor later told me that there was no doubt in his mind that I would I was definitely ready but I just had a case of the pre-test jitters. He told me that he had given me such a royal telling-off (something he'd never done before) because he was worried I'd let the nerves take hold and that I needed reminding that I could do the test I just needed to approach it like it was an ordinary lesson and not let it get the better of me.
The papers report the leader's shaved undercut and floppy curtains style was introduced as the sole hairstyle choice for male students in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago. The state-sanctioned guideline is now being rolled out across the country.
The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers warned of further industrial action later this year if progress was not made in negotiations with the government, after a day of strikes saw thousands of state schools closed or disrupted in England and Wales.
Christine Blower, the NUT general secretary, said the strike was "a clear demonstration that teachers are thoroughly tired of the intolerable pressures they are being put under by the coalition government.