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Absent without leave?

3 April 2014

New figures show a slight rise in school absence with local authorities issuing thousands more penalty notices. And while persistent absenteeism is down, vulnerable groups are still more likely to fall into this category. Pete Henshaw looks at the stats.


Scotland’s universities under fire over access

3 April 2014

Scottish universities are the “worst on access in the UK”, a student leader said, after figures showed two of the country’s most prestigious universities admitted fewer undergraduates from deprived backgrounds.


Teachers threaten further walk-outs as weekly talks continue

3 April 2014

As the weekly meetings continue between DfE officials and the education unions, Michael Gove writes to the general secretaries outlining three areas in which he is willing to take forward their suggestions. However, with his policies remaining firmly off


Pressure mounts to allow inspection of academy chains

3 April 2014

Michael Gove’s “reluctance” to allow Ofsted to inspect academy chains is unsurprising given the inspectorate’s damning report into schools within the E-ACT Multi-Academy Trust, it was said this week.











Poll reveals LGBT discrimination

3 April 2014

Two-thirds of teachers have witnessed homophobic harassment, while half have been personally discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, a poll has found.



Seven reasons why we face exam reforms ‘turmoil’

27 March 2014

School leaders have launched an attack on the new national curriculum, labelling it 'nebulous' and lacks rigour. At the same time, they have warned that delays and poor planning in seven key areas are obstructing preparations for the examination reforms.



MPs demand SRE advice is updated for modern era

27 March 2014

Government guidelines on sex and relationships education (SRE) needs to be up-dated “for the modern” era to include mention of sexting and pornography, according to a report from MPs.







At a glance headlines: March 27, 2014

27 March 2014

Fund for School Games volunteers is unveiled, a new First World War online resource is launched and a new video to help teachers and students learn basic sign language are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for March 27, 2014.


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