Education

Language lesson gap means poorest miss out, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Children from poorer backgrounds in England are increasingly likely to miss out on learning a foreign language, suggests a report. Some teachers blame new tougher GCSEs for putting lower ability pupils off language learning. There is also a perception that languages are less important since the vote to leave the European […]

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School offers children week off in term time

Image copyright WoodlandsImage caption Simon Cox: “We’re trying to work with our families” A secondary school is offering parents the chance to take their children out of school for one week in July next year for an “enrichment week”. Woodlands School in Basildon says this will allow parents of pupils in Years 7, 8 and […]

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Stamford Hill school with sex ed ban ‘inadequate’

Image caption Pupils at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School are not allowed to study animal or human reproduction A Jewish girls school that bans sex education and redacts book chapters has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. The latest report for Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School said leaders did not prepare pupils well for life in […]

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Narcissists ‘irritating but successful’

Image copyright Getty Images Narcissists might be irritating attention seekers – but they are also annoyingly likely to be successful, according to researchers. Even though their personality traits might seem negative, psychologists say their sense of superiority gives them a “mental toughness” not to give up. An international team of researchers says narcissists tend to […]

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University student suicide rates revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Suicide rates for higher education students have been revealed for the first time. The Office of National Statistics figures show 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales. This is lower than for the general population of similar ages, but does not include […]

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Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The researchers say cyan could be added or taken away to prevent or encourage sleep The colour cyan – between green and blue – is a hidden factor in encouraging or preventing sleep, according to biologists. University of Manchester researchers say higher levels of cyan keep people awake, while reducing […]

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Ofsted chief says poor white communities lack ‘aspiration and drive’

Image copyright OfstedImage caption Ms Spielman was speaking to an education festival at Wellington school in Berkshire White working-class communities can lack the “aspiration and drive” of many migrant groups, England’s chief schools inspector has told a conference. Amanda Spielman said a long-overdue debate was under way about why white working-class pupils fall behind. “We […]