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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
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University of Worcester can keep Brexit emails private

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Worcester Image caption Professor David Green said the Freedom of Information request was "against the public interest" A commissioner has ruled a university should not have to release emails containing the word Brexit. The University of Worcester's vice-chancellor Professor David Green said the request for emails in his account was "against the public interest".It was made after Chris Heaton-Harris MP asked universities for the names
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Loneliness threatens young as well as old

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The loneliness strategy will be aimed at all age groups, not just the elderly Loneliness is as harmful as smoking or obesity, says Tracey Crouch, the minister about to reveal England's first national loneliness strategy."The government can't make friends for us," she told a conference in London.But she said the strategy will have ideas to improve "social connections" and to get better evidence
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Sport used as a weapon against Essex gangs

[ad_1] A PE teacher has set up a sports project in Essex to discourage children from joining gangs.David Simmons began Changing Lives in Harlow to provide after-school activities and workshops for young people.He started the project after being threatened with a knife by a six-year-old in London and after seeing a child being bullied in his local town.He says gangs are recruiting increasingly younger people and he wants to do
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Young people anxious from terror coverage

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people had high levels of worry about the risk of terror attacks Media coverage of terror attacks and extremism can leave young people anxious and with an exaggerated fear of becoming victims, say researchers.A study of the attitudes of 11 to 16-year-olds found that terrorism was seen as a bigger worry than issues such as bullying, racism, cruelty to children or worries
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Head teachers criticise Northamptonshire education cuts

[ad_1] Image caption The government ordered a review into the county council's finances earlier this year Two hundred head teachers and education leaders have signed an open letter to a county council criticising cuts that will hit child and education services.Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council is facing a potential budget shortfall of between £60m and £70m.The letter from education leaders states the council savings plan "puts at risk the education and