Pupils sent wrong school entrance exam results

Image copyright Google Image caption Sir Thomas Rich’s School blamed a “technical error” on some children being sent wrong information Parents have blasted two grammar schools which wrongly told them pupils had passed entrance exams. Families eyeing a coveted place at The Crypt and Sir Thomas Rich’s schools in Gloucester received emails telling them their children had achieved the “qualifying standard”. But they were left “upset and angry” when a

Children with problems or problem children?

Image caption Anxiety is a warning of perceived danger There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious. But how can we tell if the child is just “being naughty” or whether mental

Bristol University students face £100 noisy party fine

Image caption Fines will only be imposed after an investigation by the university Students at the University of Bristol who keep their neighbours awake with noise now face a £100 fine. City residents have complained of parties in shared houses affecting whole streets due to the volume. Under the university’s scheme, each student in a property could be fined if wrongdoing was uncovered. Repeat offenders face fines of up to

Oxford Conservatives Bullingdon Club ban overturned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bullingdon Club dates back centuries Oxford University’s Conservative Association has overturned a ban on members of the Bullingdon Club. The association last week put the dining club, notorious for its riotous drunken antics, on its list of proscribed organisations. But a disciplinary meeting has found the ban to be unconstitutional, student newspaper Cherwell reports. The male-only Bullingdon Club’s past members include David Cameron,

No retrial for ‘sex on plane’ teacher Eleanor Wilson

Image copyright PA Image caption Eleanor Wilson had faced four counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 while in a position of trust A former teacher who was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil in a plane toilet will not face a retrial. Eleanor Wilson, 29, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, denied four counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 while in a position of trust.

Thousands of babies in toxic homes, warns commissioner

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly 16,000 babies are growing up in households where they are at risk of severe harm, a report by England’s Children’s Commissioner is warning. The report says that of 19,640 under-ones identified as being “in need”, 15,820 were still living at home. It also estimates that 8,300 babies are growing up amid the “toxic trio” of drug or alcohol addiction, domestic violence and severe mental ill-health.

The students who fear for their ambitions amid college cuts

These six young people are ambitious and determined. They are an aspiring teacher, a future social worker, a would-be accountant, a budding cardiologist, a wannabe pilot and a veterinary surgeon of tomorrow. But they fear their dreams, and those of young people like them, may be thwarted by further education funding pressures. They are all students at New City College in east London, which is closing the doors to its

Should universities consider ethnicity in admissions?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Harvard is at the centre of competing visions of what is meant by “fair” admissions Harvard University this year turned down more than 95% of those who applied. But what is a “fair” system for deciding who should be rejected and who should be the lucky few to get a place? What should the successful 5% look like? Should it just be those with the

Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each month, thousands of new parents buy stair gates, such as the version seen here – which was not one of the products named by Which? Parents should immediately stop using three market-leading child stair gates, a consumer group has said after carrying out its own safety tests. Which? tested the durability of 10 gates and their tests found that three failed to meet

Arts leaders call for more school funding

Image caption Students presented their findings at the House of Lords The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England’s schools. The major London arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative subjects. Six thousand 11 to 18-year-olds have described how the subjects help build their confidence, in new research. The government