Library Campaigners

Campaigners will call on the government on Monday to ensure that every child has access to a good school library. They are raising concerns that while some schools have a well-stocked and properly staffed library, many more do not. It is not mandatory for secondary schools to have a library. Authors, teachers, librarians, parents and pupils are expected to take … Read More

Kick Start

It’s the only “free school” so far to have been launched by a Premier League football club. But does Everton free school have another remarkable claim to fame: opening last month with only six pupils? This seems to be the case after the school in Liverpool was forced by the Unison union to respond to claims that it began life … Read More

More activity less TV

By the age of seven, a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens, according to Dr Aric Sigman. The average 10-year-old has at least five screens readily available to them at home, and over the course of childhood youngsters spend more time watching TV than they spend in school, he said. Limiting the amount of … Read More

Gold standard qualification

LABOUR wants to introduce a new “gold standard” qualification for non-academic young people as part of a major education shake-up that would see skills funding wrested away from Yorkshire councils and handed directly to private employers. Ed Miliband will use his annual party conference speech in Manchester this afternoon to unveil plans for a new ‘Tech-Bacc’ qualification for schools and … Read More