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BBC News: Education

High cost credit products must be tackled, say Lords

The Financial Exclusion Committee says banks are failing the customers who need them the most.

Brazil teacher changes hairstyle to support bullied girl

"A boy had told my pupil her hair was ugly, and she was sad. I told her she was wonderful."

Prince George to attend Thomas's School in Battersea

The prince, who is four in July, will attend a preparatory school in south London from September.

Poor behaviour 'not taken seriously enough in schools'

Behaviour tsar Tom Bennett says the poor behaviour in schools has not been taken seriously enough.

Drop in teacher training recruits revealed

Head teachers' leaders say the reduction in numbers will deepen the teacher recruitment crisis.

Pinner school faces closure after chalk mine discovery

Geological surveys have found the ground beneath the Pinner Wood School is unstable.

Doncaster primary school investigates pupil's walkout

The school apologised after the child was found an hour later more than two miles (3.2km) away.

Warning over segregation in England's schools

Thousands of state schools in England are segregated along ethnic or social grounds, research finds.

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Department for Education

Transparency data: DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added DfE spend for February 2017.

Data for spending over £25,000 by:

Department for Education (DfE) Standards and Testing Agency (STA) Education Funding Agency (EFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

We aim to publish the data for the previous month by the last working day of the current month.

The previous year’s technical note explains what data we’ve included and why.

Transparency data: Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added pension scheme payment spend for February 2017.

Teachers’ pension scheme payments are routine daily cash transfers to Capita to fund the payments it makes to pensioners and others on behalf of DfE.

We aim to publish the data for the previous month by the last working day of the current month.

The previous year’s technical note explains what data we’ve included and why.

Transparency data: DfE and executive agency ePCS spend over £500: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added ePCS spend for February 2017.

Details of all ePCS expenditure over £500 by:

Department for Education (DfE) Education Funding Agency (EFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Standards and Testing Agency (STA)

Transparency data: Congratulatory letters for schools at key stage 2

A list of schools which received a congratulatory letter from the Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb based on their 2016 key stage 2 results.

Schools had to meet one or more of the following criteria at key stage 2:

schools which have a progress measure in the top 10% for all of reading, writing and mathematics 100% of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing or maths 100% of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (all 3)

Further information can be found in the ‘Key stage 2 congratulatory letters criteria’.

Read about the criteria for receiving a congratulatory letter in the ‘Key stage 2: congratulatory letters guide’.

Guidance: Primary school accountability

Updated: Updated the 'Key stage 2: progress measure bandings' document on how we calculate the progress descriptions.

This guide is for all primary schools. It sets out how we’ll calculate primary school accountability measures. The 2016 school performance tables will reflect these calculations.

A summary document is also available, and a video explaining how we measure primary school performance.

Primary school accountability video

Open consultation: School loan schemes: changes to criteria

We’d like your views on:

a proposed revision to the statutory ‘Scheme for financing schools guidance’, to clarify the criteria around the use of loan schemes an associated revision to the ‘Treatment of surplus and deficit balances when maintained schools become academies’ guidance

Guidance: Parental responsibility measures statistics: guide

The guide sets out what the parental responsibility measures statistics are and how DfE collects the data.

Guidance: Pupil absence statistics: guide

Updated: Updated guide with 2015 to 2016 full-year absence data, information on consistency checks, and an annex on historical absence.

This guide on DfE’s published absence statistics sets out:

when we publish pupil absence statistics how we calculate findings how we collect and process data

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Education Guardian

Mental health problems rife among teenagers but teachers lack skills to help

Four in five 12- to 16-year-olds experience ‘emotional distress’

The vast majority of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” after starting secondary school but claim teachers don’t have the skills to help them, research has found.

Four in every five 12- to 16-year-olds in the survey said they felt they had mental health problems but j...

Secret Teacher: we're afraid to use unions, but we must stand together

Colleagues accept workplace bullying and excessive workloads. We need to pluck up the courage to ask for support

I grew up surrounded by political and union activism. My grandparents passed down the ideal that I had an unspoken right to be part of a movement that would defend me as a worker and as a human. But when I joined my current school, I w...

Behaviour is a national problem in schools in England, review finds

Headteachers have ‘perverse incentives’ to hold back on poor conduct in their schools for better Ofsted ratings, government adviser says in his report

Schools have a national behaviour problem and there are “perverse incentives” for headteachers to paint their school in the best light, according to the government’s behaviour tsar.

Poor conduct rem...

Segregated schools persist because parents maintain the divide | Lola Okolosie

Integration is presented as an obligation for others, mainly Muslims. No wonder many parents choose not to send their children to ethnically mixed schools

In the wake of Wednesday’s horrific terrorist attack, the prevailing sentiment is that we defeat such hatred by emphasising our unity. It is a heartening response to such a catastrophe, but how...

Read all about it! How to get students discussing current affairs

An online platform is connecting children with each other and experts to learn about the news. So how can its principles to used to help foster debate?

If you find the current news agenda head-spinning, imagine how young people feel. I work for a charity teaching the critical thinking skills needed to navigate the news, and recent events have put...

I sell degrees – but don't tell students they might be worthless

At open days I pitch my university to young people, even though fewer graduate jobs and high tuition fees means their qualifications may not pay off

Although I love a lot of things about my job as a lecturer in the social sciences at a mid-ranked post-92 university, there is one aspect that really troubles me – I often feel like a reluctant sales...

100,000 more children missed school for family holiday last year, figures show

Government data reveals sharp rise in unauthorised leave during term-time in England

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children missing school in England because of unauthorised family holidays, according to the latest government figures.

While overall pupil absence rates have remained stable and are at a historic low, figures published...

Four out of 10 schools letting out buildings to raise money, study finds

Schools facing budget cuts are setting up daycare provision and hosting weddings and fitness classes to boost finances

Schools facing budget cuts are hosting weddings, setting up nurseries and laying on community fitness classes to try to bring in additional money to boost their finances, according to a new study.

A survey of just under 1,200 scho...

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