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Tor Bridge High scoops SLCN award

29 March 2017

A mental health café, pupil-led assemblies, expert staff and a whole-school approach to speech, language and communication needs have resulted in a national award for a Plymouth secondary school.






Draco lizard inspires STEM award winners

22 March 2017

Three students who took inspiration from flying animals, including the draco lizard, to answer a STEM design challenge have won a prestigious national prize.


Maths teachers lament changes to Nationals

22 March 2017

Maths teachers have been “demoralised” by the latest changes to National 4 and 5 qualifications and pupils are finding them harder to pass, experts have told education secretary John Swinney.






Ofsted review to investigate narrowing of the curriculum

15 March 2017

Unveiling the first major investigation of her tenure, chief inspector Amanda Spielman warns of a ‘corrosive pattern’ of behaviour due to the conflict between league tables and the curriculum. Dorothy Lepkowska reports



Ofsted reliability study is welcome – but limited

15 March 2017

Ofsted’s first attempt at testing the reliability of inspection outcomes has yielded seemingly positive results. However, with notable limitations to the research, calls for an independent investigation into the reliability and validity of Ofsted judgements have become louder. Pete Henshaw reports


Spring Budget: ‘A dereliction of duty’

15 March 2017

As schools continue to warn about the huge funding pressures they face, the Spring Budget last week offered no relief, instead diverting funding to support new selective free schools. Pete Henshaw reports




Students head to Russian Space school

15 March 2017

It is not every day that teenagers get the chance to dock a Russian spacecraft – but that’s what a group of students from two Oxfordshire schools did last month.


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