Education

Middlesbrough children’s services ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Middlesbrough Borough CouncilImage caption Middlesbrough’s children’s services have “serious and widespread failures” Middlesbrough Council children’s services provision is “inadequate”, a government watchdog has found. Ofsted inspectors said the service had “deteriorated” since 2017 and there were “serious and widespread failures”. Children had been left too long in harmful situations, risks were not properly […]

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One in four children ‘has too little sleep’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption About a third of girls have too little sleep, compared with 23% of boys One in four 11 to 15-year-olds in England have too little sleep, a World Health Organization study suggests. The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report questions 3,398 11, 13 and 15-year-olds every four years. And 27% […]

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Super-rich elites making London ‘off-limits’

Image copyright Getty Images London has become the “epicentre of the elites” in the UK, making it “off limits” for young people from poorer backgrounds, says a social mobility charity. The Sutton Trust says the high cost of housing has become a social barrier. A report, using London School of Economics research, says social mobility […]

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France apology after history textbook links CIA to 9/11

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Nearly 3,000 people died when four airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda jihadists were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania A French publisher has apologised after a history textbook that appeared in bookshops in recent weeks suggested the 11 September 2001 attacks were probably “orchestrated […]

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Schools warned against ‘gaming’ exam league tables

Image copyright Getty Images Schools have been warned against “gaming” their league-table ranking by getting pupils to take qualifications that are of low value to them. Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman said good grades were “hollow” if children missed out on a rounded education. The head of England’s education watchdog criticised too narrow a focus on […]