More parents asking schools for financial help, say heads | Education

Headteachers say growing numbers of parents are approaching schools to request financial support or help with essentials, and more children are “embarrassed and ashamed” by their family’s poverty. In a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers, three-quarters of school leaders said they had seen an increase over the last five years in the […]

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Headteacher Judy Shaw: ‘My staff are fantastic but they can’t fight poverty’ | Education

On Judy Shaw’s first day as a headteacher, a man came to show her one of the school’s vast brick walls. She recalls: “He said, ‘Is that pointing all right for you then?’ and I stood there and I thought, this job is not what I thought it was going to be.” But 14 years […]

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Headteachers forced to do menial tasks at unfilled rural schools | Education

More than four in 10 rural schools in England are undersubscribed and therefore facing significant budget shortfalls, forcing headteachers to multitask in a variety of roles cut costs, according to a survey. Of the 500 headteachers who responded to the survey, 42% said their school’s places had not been filled. This has a direct impact […]

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Labor pledges $14bn for public schools over 10 years if it wins election | Australia news

Bill Shorten has pledged to invest an additional $14bn in public education over 10 years if Labor wins the next federal election. Shorten said, under his plan, every public school in Australia would receive more funding. After the Morrison government sought to end the Catholic and non-government school funding stoush – by announcing a $4.6bn […]

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Sixth form funding has fallen by a fifth since 2010, says IFS | Education

Funding for school sixth formers has fallen by more than a fifth in the past eight years amid declining investment in post-16 education, according to an authoritative study. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report said funding for sixth form and further education (FE) students has been been cut “much more sharply” than any other […]

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Special needs funding at crisis point, say school leaders | Education

A teaching union has accused the government of making “empty promises” to the families of one million children diagnosed with special educational needs whose schools have failed to receive additional funding. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said funding for schools supporting pupils with special needs and disabilities was at crisis point, citing a […]

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Teachers union warns Morrison against ‘special deals’ with Catholic schools | Australia news

The federal government’s moves to avoid an election battle with the Catholic education sector is threatening to reignite the funding wars on another front, with the Australia Education Union launching a marginal seat campaign warning it against doing “special deals with private schools”. On Monday the AEU – the peak union for public school teachers […]

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School cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education’ | Education

The village of Benenden in Kent has a green nearly as big as a football pitch. At one end stands a charming stone church. On the western edge is a picturesque mid-19th century building out of which, at 9.15am on a Wednesday, a stream of children dash, wearing their blue and white PE kit. This […]

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Majority of teachers face below-inflation pay rise despite boost | Education

The majority of teachers in England are to receive a below-inflation pay increase next year, despite the government’s claims that “classroom teachers” will get pay rises of up to 3.5% after years of austerity. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, told parliament that teachers on the main national pay range would receive a 3.5% pay increase, […]

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Sharp rise in pupil exclusions from English state schools | Education

The rate of pupil exclusions from state schools in England saw another sharp increase last year, according to official figures, with teaching unions laying some of the blame for the rise on austerity and funding cuts. The number of children permanently excluded from state primary, secondary and special schools in England increased by about 1,000 […]

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