Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools

Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded. England’s schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding, after concerns were raised about falling standards. It said 256 lost their top-level rating as a result. In […]

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Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Two-thirds of students support universities being able to warn parents if students have a mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests. There have been concerns about student suicides and the survey indicated worsening levels of anxiety on campus. Only 14% reported “life satisfaction”, in this study of 14,000 UK students. And […]

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Prom parties: Maesteg school gets 200 dresses donated

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPupils felt uneasy about attending their school prom without a gown Three years ago Maesteg Comprehensive School held its first “prom” party for its year 11 students to celebrate finishing their GCSEs. Head teacher Helen Jones thought the new tradition imported from America was “fantastic” – but […]

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Give 16-year-olds more choice – employers

Image caption There have been warnings of skills shortages and the need to improve training Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say. The new Technical levels, or T-levels as they will be known, will be introduced from 2020. The Confederation of British Industry says the […]

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