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Arts leaders call for more school funding

[ad_1] 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
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If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger?

[ad_1] Image caption The "talking tables" are being launched as the government puts forward its "loneliness strategy" Would you go into a cafe and sit down for a chat with a complete stranger? That's the idea of Sainsbury's "talking tables" initiative.The supermarket has designated some tables in its cafe as places where you can have a conversation with a stranger instead of sitting alone and feeling isolated. It comes as
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How the Co-op tackled a school with terrible truancy

[ad_1] Image caption The school in Manchester now has one of the best attendance rates in the country How does a school go from having one of the worst truancy records in the country to having one of the best attendance records?"No nonsense and no excuses."That's the message that you keep hearing from staff at Co-op Academy Manchester.There is also a very direct approach from the school's attendance team.Even if
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Australia to stop religious schools rejecting gay students

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified his policy on religious schools amid fierce debate Australia's prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students.Scott Morrison said new legislation would "make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality". Some Australian states allow such schools to turn away gay students.The issue has
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Germany’s AfD sparks outcry at far-right child informer plan

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption AfD are hoping to enter Bavaria's state parliament for the first time in elections on 14 October German justice minister Katarina Barley has sharply condemned an online scheme launched by the far-right AfD party to get schoolchildren to inform on teachers who are politically partial.The far-right party entered parliament for the first time this year, becoming the biggest opposition party.Its informant site started in
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Teacher banned for claiming extra cash for school trips

[ad_1] Image copyright Linkedin Image caption David Malengela had responsibility for organising overseas trips at St Peter's School in Huntingdon A languages teacher has been banned from the classroom for claiming extra cash from parents for school trips, a conduct panel has concluded.David Malengela, 41, had responsibility for organising overseas trips at St Peter's School in Huntingdon.The disciplinary hearing was told he asked parents for additional "behaviour deposits" and charged
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Ofsted inspectors to move away from exams results focus

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Exam results and grades will no longer be the key focus of Ofsted inspections in England, under new plans. Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman says the focus on performance data has narrowed what is taught in schools. She will suggest, in a speech in Newcastle on Thursday, inspections have placed too much weight on exam results.Teachers and heads have long argued education watchdog Ofsted's focus
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Teenagers bombarded by gambling ads ask for help

[ad_1] Image caption Catherine says the dangers of gambling aren't highlighted "A few years ago, I got an email from a betting website. I was only 12 or 13, so I wasn't interested."But for someone who got that email, being contacted personally, it could almost entice them to gamble, like it's their duty."Catherine, now 15, was shocked to receive the email and says the risks associated with gambling should be
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Students back mental health alerts following Bristol suicides

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photograph Image caption Ben Murray, a 19-year-old English student at the University of Bristol, died in May Thousands of students have joined a scheme that allows university staff to tell parents or guardians if they are struggling with mental health problems.The University of Bristol introduced the opt-in scheme as 11 students have taken their own lives there since 2016.The university has also launched a "science of
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Fears for the future of music lessons in schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Music lessons in England schools could be under threat unless central government covers the cost of a pay rise for teachers, councils claim.In July, the government agreed to fund a 3.5% rise for lower-paid teachers and 1.5% and 2% for higher-paid teachers, senior staff and head teachers.But councils say this does not cover centrally employed teachers, most of whom offer music lessons in schools.The government