Give teachers support against false allegations, report states

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Teachers need more support to deal with false allegations from pupils, according to the Department for Education. Figures from the government have shown the extent to which false allegations against teachers from pupils exist and suggested that nearly half of serious allegations against school teachers turn out to be unsubstantiated, malicious or unfounded. Nick Heaton,… Read more »

Countdown or meltdown…not sure which!

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This blog was meant to go on the website a couple of days before the Chavos ball and didn’t happen. With only a few hours to go my phone was constantly ringing with giddy people who just couldn’t wait for the ball. Girls, girls, girls, just planning that special little number; the ball gown of… Read more »

Learning about the environment ‘is important’

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As well as literacy, children in schools should be taught the importance of looking after the environment, one expert has claimed. The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) suggested that youngsters need to be taught how to conserve energy and adopt eco-friendly practices in everyday life. Andrew Leech, director at the NHIC, said: "It only needs… Read more »

Children struggling in school could benefit from peers

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Young schoolchildren who struggle to pick up vital language and literacy skills may benefit more from higher-skilled peers, a new study has found. Research from the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University, US, found that children placed in low-academic classes failed to improve their skills over one academic year but showed improvements… Read more »

Tourists leave Mexico as Hurricane Rina closes in

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Holidaymakers were forced to flee many of the resorts on Mexico's popular Caribbean coast as Hurricane Rina approached on Wednesday (October 26th). Although the storm has become weaker as it closes in on land, emergency services advised people in vulnerable areas to take cover and fishing communities along the coast of the Yucatan peninsula were… Read more »

Parents to assess schools through Ofsted

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A portal for parents to share their views on their children's education has been launched by Ofsted. Parent View is a new online questionnaire that allows parents and carers to send in feedback about local schools at any time of the year. According to the schooling regulatory body, the initiative will cover 22,000 schools in… Read more »

Boys aged five struggle more at school, report suggests

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One in five schoolboys aged five are below national literacy levels and cannot write their own name, a new study has found. The Department for Education's figures for 2011 show that many five-year-olds are failing to achieve educational goals set out by the curriculum, which include social skills, literacy and numeracy and emotional development. A… Read more »

African-Caribbean boys ‘prefer to maintain reputation than learn’

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African-Caribbean boys are among the worst performing ethnic minority students in British schools, a new report has shown. The Jamaican Teachers' Association has suggested that black schoolboys are sacrificing their education skills in a bid to keep up a reputation of masculinity, BBC News reports. Adolph Cameron, head of the association, said in Jamaica students… Read more »

Tackling illiteracy ‘is Europe’s biggest aim’

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The London Evening Standard's literacy campaign has been hailed as a blueprint for the rest of Europe, according to the EU commissioner for education. Get London Reading is showing a great success in the capital, with 700 volunteers signed up to help the cause so far. Androulla Vassiliou has praised the initiative and has said… Read more »

Activities ‘help a child develop important skills’

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Getting children active is the best way to make them learn literacy and other skills, according to one expert. Creative play enables children to use their imagination and learn about life successfully, Joanne Mallon, a life coach and author has suggested. According to Ms Mallon, active play which uses the hands will significantly increase a… Read more »