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Tories accused of ‘sleight of hand’ on manifesto grammar schools data

Image copyright Getty Images A senior academic has accused the Conservatives of a “sleight of hand” over the justification of its grammar schools policy in its manifesto. Prof Alice Sullivan challenges the party’s statement that selective schools have proportionately more pupils from “ordinary working class families” than non-selective schools. She ...

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Comedy of errors

Image copyright Getty Images Hell hath no fury like a teenager scorned. No, that quote is not from Shakespeare but neither was the exam question about Romeo and Juliet that GCSE English Literature students were asked to answer on Friday morning. Teenagers sitting the OCR board exam today turned to ...

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GCSE exam error: Board accidentally rewrites Shakespeare

One of the country’s biggest exam boards, OCR, has admitted to an error in Friday’s English Literature GCSE exam, taken by around 14,000 teenagers. The mistake related to a question on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in which the family background of a key character, Tybalt, was mixed up. It suggested ...

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Teacher disciplined over ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award

Image copyright Twitter Teachers at a school in Texas are being disciplined after handing out an “award” declaring one student “most likely to become a terrorist”. Lizeth Villanueva, 13, was handed the award by her teacher during a mock ceremony at the school near Houston. A local education official described ...

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Girl, 11, accuses school of war crime in feedback form

Image copyright Twitter/MasonCross An 11-year-old girl’s assertion that her school was guilty of a war crime has gone viral. Her father, Gavin Bell (also known as author Mason Cross), revealed on Twitter that she had gone rogue on a pupil feedback form. She criticised the policy of punishing a whole ...

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Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS

Image copyright Getty Images A new Conservative government would leave schools in England worse off financially than they currently are, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says. The Tories have promised £4bn extra but this equates to a £1bn rise in real terms, the independent think tank says. When growing pupil ...

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Cost of Tories’ free breakfasts ‘could treble’

Image copyright Getty Images Giving a free breakfast to every primary school child in England could cost more than treble the £60m the Tory party set aside for it, academics say. Experts analysing the plans re-costed them at between £180m and £400m, depending on how many pupils take them. A ...

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IPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’

Image caption The study was carried out over two years and involved about 650 pupils Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research of its kind ever carried ...

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Are you ordinary?

Reality Check says: The government defines “ordinary working families” as those that are not eligible for pupil premium but have below average incomes. It believes that accounts for about one third of all pupils in England, but this calculation is a work in progress. Education Secretary Justine Greening on Thursday ...

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Brum in the sun

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Birmingham’s plan to open a campus in Dubai is the latest example of universities expanding with international branches. Vice-chancellor Sir David Eastwood emphasised the university’s international credentials – saying its campus in the Gulf would show its “global mission” and that it was ...

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How to talk to children about terrorist attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack in Manchester involved many children and young people News of a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for parents there is the added dilemma of what to say to their children. Should I shield them from the news? Is it best just ...

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German schools get tough Prince Harry English exam changed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Harry’s speech was described as a tough test for many German students German officials are changing a school English exam which many students and teachers deemed too difficult – partly because it included a poor recording of Prince Harry “mumbling” in a speech. ...

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