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Child poverty: Pale and hungry pupils 'fill pockets with school food'

Image copyright Getty Images Malnourished pupils with grey skin are “filling their pockets” with food from school canteens in poor areas due to poverty, head teachers say. The heads, from various parts of England and Wales, described how some of their poorest pupils looked thinner, had poor teeth and a grey pallor. One head said: […]

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When the kids hear

Image copyright Getty Images It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows? What happens at home really does affect children’s long-term mental health and development. But it is not only the relationship between […]

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Special needs cash shortfall 'leaves thousands of pupils unplaced'

Image copyright Getty Images A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places, a teachers’ leader has warned. National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney said official statistics showed 4,050 special needs pupils were without a place in 2017 in England. He said it was a disgrace […]

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Is there a north-south divide in England's schools?

Image copyright Getty Images Children in the north of England are finishing school with poorer grades and are less likely to go on to further education. That was the conclusion of a report from the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield. It’s one in a line of reports pointing to the deep discrepancies that exist between England’s […]

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Lives in their hands

Image copyright PA Image caption Foch and Haig meet again: Eric Becourt-Foch and Lord Astor remembered their military ancestors In the commemorations of World War One there have been many stories from the descendants of those caught up in momentous and awful events. These personal accounts, remembering the faces in grainy photographs and names on […]

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Schools cutting posts amid 'funding catastrophe'

Image copyright Getty Images The crisis of school funding in England is turning into a catastrophe, the largest teaching union has said. Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Education Union, said schools were not absorbing budget cuts, instead many were cutting posts and increasing class sizes. He highlighted research with his union suggesting many […]

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Ofsted school hijab ban stance challenged by teachers' union

Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman risks splitting communities by backing head teachers who may wish to ban the hijab, says a teaching union leader. National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney said she overstepped her remit in February when she backed an east London head who tried to stop pupils wearing the […]

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'Unjustifiably high salaries' paid by some academies

Image copyright Getty Images Some academy trusts in England stand accused of paying senior staff ”unjustifiably” high salaries while front-line schools are starved of funds. MPs on the Public Accounts Committee highlighted how 102 academy trusts paid some trustees over £150,000 a year. And in two-thirds of cases where the government had challenged this, it […]

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Term-time holiday rules stop children taking dance exams

Image copyright Getty Images Rules designed to stop families in England taking term-time holidays are also preventing some children taking external dance, drama and music exams in school hours, says an exam body. The Royal Academy of Dance says schools too often refuse pupils permission to attend its exams even if they will be away […]

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Mum's tough love lesson divides parents

Image copyright Cierra Britanny Forney Image caption Cierra Brittany Forney with her son Anthony (right), daughter and youngest son What should you do if your child has become a bit, let’s say, accustomed to the finer things in life? It’s an issue that one mum in Georgia, US tried to resolve when she realised her […]

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The world's toughest place to study?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Even in the wreckage of Eastern Ghouta, there are students who refuse to stop studying In the rubble of Syria’s long war, there are all kinds of images of destruction and despair. But despite all the odds, in the depths of the siege of Eastern Ghouta, there are young […]