My students get every bit of me and I would never want to give less. But it’s unfair that my own children suffer so I’ve decided to quit
Imagine the scene. I’m racing down the motorway, pedal to the metal, desperately trying to get to my daughter’s school. I’m running half an hour late for one of the most important events in the school calendar: parents’ evening. When I finally arrive, I pat myself down to try and look presentable, before scrambling into a seat next to my husband. I mouth “sorry” as I join the meeting, which is already in full flow.
In recent months I have been absent from countless events – from my children’s football matches to their school plays. The reason is ironic: it’s because I am a teacher. I struggle to find time to spend with my family because of the 12-hour days I am expected to work. My students get every bit of me and I would never want to give any less – but it seems unfair that my own children have to suffer.Continue reading...
They may often conjure up images of greying sports kits and fraying plimsolls, but PE lessons are to get a radical hi-tech makeover as part of a drive to get sports science on to the curriculum.
The Met are investigating a suspected case of arson as end-of-term student ritual caused a fire that spread to power lines
Year 11 pupils burning their exercise books on the last day of school inadvertently knocked out the power to 135,000 buildings in Essex, it is claimed.
Buildings were evacuated, traffic lights stopped working and phone signals went down across south Essex after Tuesday’s fire on Hacton Lane, Upminster, spread to power lines across the river Ingrebourne.Continue reading...
Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel took two children to India last year despite Catholic primary school in Preston refusing to sanction absence
A couple who took their children out of school without permission to visit their sick grandfather overseas have been fined by a magistrates court in Preston.
Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel had planned to challenge the fine imposed by Lancashire county council, arguing that their children’s school should have regarded the trip as an exceptional circumstance, which is allowed under rules on unauthorised absence introduced in 2013.Continue reading...
In our Students Express series you have the chance to exhibit work and share ideas with readers. Over the last few months you’ve been submitting your end of year artwork. Here are some of our favourites
Study finds several trusts have recorded worse results than those seen nationally for deprived children, casting doubt on government policy
The government’s policy of using academy sponsors to revive struggling schools in England has been called into doubt by analysis showing that some large chains of schools were hindering the education of disadvantaged pupils.
While some academy trusts – chains of sponsored schools grouped under single management – have had outstanding success in improving the results of children from deprived backgrounds, several of the 34 trusts surveyed showed significantly worse results than those seen nationally.Continue reading...
The government’s Orwellian-style monitoring of international students makes me feel like an imposter – a slick devil likely to game the system
The Home Office has repeatedly said it wants to tackle visa abuse by “bogus colleges” while attracting the “best and brightest” students to UK universities. As an American student with a degree from an Ivy League university, on a PhD course at a Russell Group university, I can say that it feels like the Home Office also wants to niggle with me just enough to remind me that I am not really (quite) welcome in this country.
At 21, Korvi Rakshand had to turn away from a little girl who asked for his help, that led him to start his country’s most innovative education NGO
It was a day playing with plastic bottles that changed Korvi Rakshand’s life. Named one of 10 inspirational Bangladeshis last year, Rakshand was born to a wealthy family. But he turned his back on money and for the past eight years has been running an NGO in one of Dhaka’s biggest slums.
He talks freely about the moment that changed everything for him. While travelling around the country at the age of 21, Rakshand met a group of children who were collecting bottles to sell and ended up spending the day with them.Continue reading...
Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel ignored headteacher’s refusal of their authorised absence request so their sons could visit their grandfather during term time
A couple who took their children out of school without permission to visit their sick grandfather in India are being taken to court this week as part of the government’s continuing crackdown on term-time absence.
Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel had put in a request to their two sons’ primary school for an authorised absence to make the trip last December when the children’s grandfather was undergoing surgery. It was the first time the Patels, from Preston, Lancashire, had made such a request, and their children – Omar, 11, and Eiad, eight – have had no previous unauthorised absences, but their school, the English Martyrs Catholic primary in Preston, refused permission.
If you didn’t take the traditional A-level route at sixth form, you can still go to university. Here’s what admission tutors are looking for
A recent report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, found that although some 38% of students achieved top grades for their level three BTec (three distinctions), a student gaining CDD at A-level was still more likely to go to university.
It’s likely this is because many BTec students take their newly gained practical skills and portfolio of work straight to the workplace. But university admissions staff say the vocational route is just as valid as A-levels when it comes to university applications, and students shouldn’t be put off. So what do they look for in BTec students, and what advice do current university students who studied a BTec have for applicants?Continue reading...