Feeling the squeeze

Image caption The NUT conference is being held in Cardiff There is no more familiar cry from a teaching union conference than “Stop Education Cuts Now”. So often has it been heard from your typical tub-thumping delegate, that it has begun to sound a little like white noise. But this year, as teacher delegates met in Manchester and Cardiff for their annual conferences, something had changed. As more information has

Teacher disciplined over ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award

Image copyright Twitter Teachers at a school in Texas are being disciplined after handing out an “award” declaring one student “most likely to become a terrorist”. Lizeth Villanueva, 13, was handed the award by her teacher during a mock ceremony at the school near Houston. A local education official described the incident as “a poor attempt at poking fun.” But the student’s mother told a local news channel: “It doesn’t

Comedy of errors

Image copyright Getty Images Hell hath no fury like a teenager scorned. No, that quote is not from Shakespeare but neither was the exam question about Romeo and Juliet that GCSE English Literature students were asked to answer on Friday morning. Teenagers sitting the OCR board exam today turned to a question worth a significant number of marks only to see a glaring error. “How does Shakespeare present the ways

Girl, 11, accuses school of war crime in feedback form

Image copyright Twitter/MasonCross An 11-year-old girl’s assertion that her school was guilty of a war crime has gone viral. Her father, Gavin Bell (also known as author Mason Cross), revealed on Twitter that she had gone rogue on a pupil feedback form. She criticised the policy of punishing a whole class for one person’s bad behaviour – by citing the Geneva Conventions. “Not sure if I should ground her or

English GCSE exam error admitted by board

One of the country’s biggest exam boards, OCR, has admitted to an error in Friday’s English Literature GCSE exam, taken by around 14,000 teenagers. The mistake related to a question on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in which the family background of a key character, Tybalt, was mixed up. The question suggested he is a Montague when in fact he is a Capulet. The board apologised and said no candidates would

Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS

Image copyright Getty Images A new Conservative government would leave schools in England worse off financially than they currently are, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says. The Tories have promised £4bn extra but this equates to a £1bn rise in real terms, the independent think tank says. When growing pupil numbers are taken into account, investment per pupil will fall 2.8% by 2022, the IFS says. Labour has pledged to

Cost of Tories’ free breakfasts ‘could treble’

Image copyright Getty Images Giving a free breakfast to every primary school child in England could cost more than treble the £60m the Tory party set aside for it, academics say. Experts analysing the plans re-costed them at between £180m and £400m, depending on how many pupils take them. A Conservative Party spokesman said the original £60m costing of its universal offer was based on a 25% take-up rate. Researchers

Nigerian wins award for tutor ap

Image copyright James Oatway Image caption Tuteria will take 15 to 30% commission for each paid lesson A tutoring app developed by a 27-year-old Nigerian has won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, a platform that links qualified tutors to students in their area and within their budget. He developed the platform based on the experiences he had as a tutor.

IPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’

Image caption The study was carried out over two years and involved about 650 pupils Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research of its kind ever carried out in Northern Ireland. The study – Mobile Devices in Early Learning – was carried out over two years and

Are you ordinary?

Reality Check says: The government defines “ordinary working families” as those that are not eligible for pupil premium but have below average incomes. It believes that accounts for about one third of all pupils in England, but this calculation is a work in progress. Education Secretary Justine Greening on Thursday kicked off a consultation on plans for grammar schools in England, saying that they must do more to help “ordinary