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ENA: The elite French school that trains presidents

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ENA in Strasbourg is an incubator for France's top talent For France's intellectual crème de la crème a place at the elite Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) is coveted above all others.The school has long selected and trained leaders, including former presidents François Hollande and Jacques Chirac, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and foreign presidents.Many try repeatedly to pass ENA's notoriously tough entrance exams, so
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Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

[ad_1] Many teachers are experiencing violence and abuse from pupils, a survey of teachers suggests.Nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers say they face violence once a week, the poll of nearly 5,000 members of the NASUWT teachers' union finds.Four in 10 (42%) have been threatened verbally. "Verbal abuse is now part of the daily working landscape for a primary teacher," one teacher said. The Department for Education said such violence
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Teachers: Unions criticise minimum wage internship

[ad_1] Image caption Stranmillis University College told BBC News NI that the internships were primarily support roles under the guidance of senior staff, and not teaching posts. Two teaching unions have strongly criticised a minimum wage internship for teachers run by Stranmillis University College.The college is currently offering two "graduate internships" at Dundonald Primary School in Belfast.They are paid at a rate of £7.70 per hour.The posts are for recently
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Warning over pupils moving between schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There are warnings that some of the 55,000 "unexplained" moves by pupils between schools in England over five years, could include schools wanting to remove difficult children.The Education Policy Institute has looked at cases where pupils have changed school without moving home.Almost a quarter of these moves have taken place in 330 secondary schools.David Laws, chairman of the think tank, said it raised concerns "whether
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Pupils shut in isolation rooms for hours, teachers say

[ad_1] Image caption Isolation booths are used in hundreds of schools in England Children are being held in isolation rooms for as long as six hours a day for minor infringements of behaviour policies, a teachers' conference heard.National Education Union delegates described how isolation booths were filled with children with special needs and those with difficult home lives.They said children turning round in class, or speaking to canteen staff, could
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Open University: Photos issued to mark 50th anniversary

[ad_1] Image copyright The Open University Image caption The OU's late-night TV programmes became cult viewing for students and insomniacs The Open University, the UK's largest educational institution, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.It was set up to bring degree-level learning to people who had not had the chance to go to a traditional campus, and pioneered long-distance study.The university teamed up with the BBC to produce course programmes, famously shown
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LGBT lessons ‘should be compulsory in primary schools’

[ad_1] Image caption Parents protested about LGBT+ education at some Birmingham primary schools Teachers are calling for LGBT+ relationships education to be made compulsory in UK primary schools.The demand, at the National Education Union conference in Liverpool, comes after protests at several primaries in Birmingham over an equality programme. The protesters said the programme, No Outsiders, clashed with their religious beliefs.Delegate Deborah Gwynn said primary school pupils would have family
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North Yorkshire head eliminates school exclusions

[ad_1] Image copyright North Yorkshire County Council Image caption Colin Scott said he won't give up on any of his pupils at Risedale Sports and Community College A secondary school head teacher has stopped all exclusions, saying he does not want to give up on pupils, despite its performance falling as a result. Risedale Sports and Community College, in Catterick, North Yorkshire, gave out 85 fixed-term exclusions in 2015-16 but
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‘How I made fathers in Senegal carry babies on their backs’

[ad_1] Image copyright Marta Moreiras Image caption Birama, a civil engineer, and his baby Ndeye Marta Moreiras and the subjects of her portraits - fathers carrying babies on their backs - were surprised by the attention they attracted as she took their photographs on the streets of Senegal's capital Dakar."People were clapping - sometimes it was a bit hard to take the picture because we were having such a large
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Parents find out about primary school places

[ad_1] 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 rising numbers - but that demographic bulge is now moving on to secondary.Head teachers' leader Paul