Suspensions for violence in schools on the increase

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Fifty children aged five to 11 are sent home on average each day because they have assaulted an adult. That’s 11,420 suspensions for physical assault against an adult in English state-funded primary schools in the year 2013/14, according to the Department for Education, while 240 pupils received permanent exclusions for physically assaulting adults. This is... Read more »

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GCSE Mathematics: lifting the lid on exam entries and performance

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GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject in all schools, and as a result no less than 760,000 students were receiving their GCSE results in August 2013. Passing this particular exam is so fundamental to finding employment, or entering further or higher education courses later on, that many students will re-sit the exam within each academic... Read more »

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Art & Design: It’s decline and fall

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Despite fears that art subjects would be side-lined as a result of the government’s education reforms, in 2013 GCSE Art and Design figured in the top ten of GCSE subjects taken – although it is in tenth place, taking up 3.36% of all GCSE entries (this compares with the highest percentage of entries, for maths at... Read more »

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Sugar tax or education – what will help our kids learn about sugar?

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You would think that understanding our bodies, their parts, their organs and functions is surely an important part of any education. Equally important is the understanding of what makes those bodies function well, the lifestyle and nutritional habits which support them. However these are never top curriculum priorities. Many families who educate out of school... Read more »

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What is A Level Critical Thinking useful for?

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Critical Thinking is offered as an A Level option at many sixth forms and colleges and is usually taken as an extra A Level, alongside three other subjects. This skills-based course allows you to focus on developing your ability to analyse, hypothesise and construct your own arguments. It’s not an A Level that simply tells... Read more »

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