Parents find out about primary school places

Image copyright Thinkstock Families in England will find out on Tuesday whether their children have got into their preferred primary schools. Last year about one in 10 families missed out on their first choice – but 98% got one of their top three places. Primary schools have added 636,000 extra places since 2010 to meet […]

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The ‘untold misery’ of special needs shortfalls

Image copyright Getty Images Large funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are causing “untold misery” for thousands of families, a teaching union says. National Education Union analysis found spending was not keeping pace with rapidly increasing demand in nearly all (93%) of England’s local councils. It said between 2015 and 2018, the number […]

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Just 15% of new schools fitted with fire sprinklers

Image copyright PA The government has been accused of a “callous disregard” for pupils’ safety after admitting just 15% of new schools are being built with sprinklers to tackle fires. Schools minister Nick Gibb said 105 of the 673 schools built and open by February were fitted with sprinklers. The government said sprinklers were installed […]

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Unregistered schools given council funding

Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, Ofsted is warning. England’s education watchdog has called for tougher rules on tackling illegal “schools” with risks of poor conditions and a lack of safeguarding. Inspectors suggest 6,000 children are taught in such unregulated settings. But […]

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‘I was the only girl in A-level electronics’

Image copyright Khadijah Ismail Image caption Khadijah Ismail’s unusual A-level choice led to a top apprenticeship As a little girl Khadijah Ismail would spend hours watching aeroplanes through the window of the attic bedroom she shared with her sister near Manchester Airport. She even wrote the airport a letter “on fancy paper and everything”, giving […]

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