Education

Extreme haircut ban school cuts staff

Image caption The Inspiration Trust which runs this school wants to stop teaching design technology and computer science An academy trust is looking at closing its design technology and computer science departments, which will “disadvantage non-academic students”, unions say. Documents seen by the BBC show the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) on getting rid of eight posts. The trust, which hit headlines over its

Royal baby: What’s it like growing up as a third child?

Image copyright PA There will be many things that set the new royal baby’s life apart from others, but something the prince will have in common with lots of us is siblings. With an older brother and sister, his is fifth in line to the throne, but what other effect can being third-born have? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – herself the eldest of three – have extended their

Welsh language row over Anglesey school closures plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The council has said it wants schools of the correct size and in the correct locations led by inspiring head teachers Proposals to close rural schools are being rushed through before new rules come into force that will give them more protection, a Welsh language group has claimed. The closures of Ysgol Corn Hir, Ysgol Bodffordd and Ysgol Henblas in the Llangefni area are

£6m pledge for children of alcoholics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJon Ashworth MP in 2017: ‘Dad would pick me up from school drunk’ The government has announced £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents get support and advice. Plans include fast access to mental health services for children – and programmes to treat parents’ addiction. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents. The NSPCC says there has

Two-child benefit cap lawful, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child benefit cap. Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But on Friday, a judge ruled that limiting some benefits to the first two children in a family was lawful. However, Mr Justice Ouseley’s ruling also

School denies charging pupils for water in heatwave

Image copyright Google Image caption Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims it was charging children for water A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water. Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims that children could not get water without paying

Poorest families ‘going without food or power’

Hundreds of thousands of the poorest families in Britain are going without basic necessities, according to two separate surveys. Citizens Advice said as many as 140,000 households are going without power, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters. And the Living Wage Foundation – which campaigns for fair pay – said many of the poorest parents are skipping meals. However the government said workers are now earning

Should twins be taught separately?

Image copyright Getty Images Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not. A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically. And this is the case for both identical and non-identical twins. It says there should be no strict rules on separating twins, and it should be left to

‘My teacher saved me from suicide’

Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn’t been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And now, aged 26 and a trainee teacher herself, she is determined to help today’s pupils. “I would have kept doing

Narrow vocabulary ‘hits pupils’ grades’

Image copyright PA Image caption Many teachers blame the problem on youngsters not reading enough for pleasure Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school. According to academics, four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning. Many