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Wednesday 11 April 2012

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NUT threatens to strike over summer holiday cuts

The NUT has voted at its annual conference to oppose cuts to the six-week school holidays, claiming shorter holidays would be damaging to pupils’ learning. The Times runs a leading article on the effectiveness of teaching unions and there is also a comment piece in The Telegraph by Andrew Haldenby, director for independent think tank Reform.

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General education

Teachers call for new law to prosecute children who falsely accuse teachers

Members of the NASUWT voted at the union’s annual conference in favour of prosecuting children who make false allegations against teachers. Teachers are calling for a new law to protect teachers. However, Trevor Morgan, the union’s executive, says most children are under the age of criminal responsibility and so he does not support the motion.

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Child welfare

Applications for children in care has risen above 10,000

The annual number of applications for children to be taken into care exceeded 10,000 for the first time, according to data released by Cafcass, the courts advisory service.

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General education

Special report on the changing education landscape

Education editor, Jeevan Vasagar, writes a special report on the fast-paced changes taking place in education including the introduction of free schools and academies.

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Independent sector

Blog on the latest buildings at Chetham’s

Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester has undergone a £47m building project which includes two new performance spaces, music departments, a seven-floor atrium and a community outreach centre.

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Youth employment

Ofsted reports teachers put pupils off leaving school to start work

According to a study by Ofsted on apprenticeships, some bright pupils are being dissuaded from leaving school early to pursue work-based learning. Ofsted questioned 105 young people for the report which is published today.

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Foreign languages

Comment: Former British ambassador on foreign language learning

Charles Crawford, former British Ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw, discusses changes in government legislation on language learning in schools and the scrapping of the Foreign Office Language centre and warns of a subsequent lack of vital fluency of local tongues among British diplomats in coming years.

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Scottish education

Curriculum for Excellence causes stress

According to research by Stirling University, the new Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is continuing to cause "anxiety" to teachers. The framework was introduced in 2010 to encourage more pupil-centred learning.

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And finally...

Teachers share record US lottery win

Three school workers in Maryland, USA, have each won $35million (after tax) in a Mega Millions lottery syndicate. Whilst choosing to remain anonymous, they have revealed that they will not be giving up their jobs as a primary teacher, a special needs teacher and a school administrator.

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