Children

Secret Teacher: teaching children without play was soul-destroying | Teacher Network

One year, during Sats preparation, I watched as a number of my year 2 students cried because the paper was too difficult. I told them not to worry and to just try their best, but inside I felt dreadful. I knew that no matter how hard they cried, I would force them to continue. I’ve been a teacher for five years and I love working with children. But I’ve realised I don’t want to teach them any more. After spending…

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Labour will scrap Sats and let teachers teach, vows Jeremy Corbyn | Education

Labour has announced plans to scrap compulsory national tests for primary school children in England, with a promise to relieve pressure on overstretched schools and free up teachers to deliver a “rich and varied curriculum”. Jeremy Corbyn chose to set out his proposals to abolish the regime of “extreme pressure testing” in an address to teachers gathered in Liverpool for the annual National Education Union conference. In a speech warmly received by NEU members, who voted on Monday in favour…

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Mental health of pupils is ‘at crisis point’, teachers warn | Society

More than eight out of 10 teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years – with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even cases of suicide – against a backdrop of inadequate support in schools. In a survey of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support workers, 83% said they had witnessed an increase in the number of children in their care with poor mental health, rising to 90% among students in colleges. Many…

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Parents plan legal action over new tests for four-year-olds | Education

On Thursday next week Kay Tart, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, will help her daughter Isla dress in the uniform she will wear when she starts school in September. She will make sure the four-year-old’s favourite book and soft toy are in her backpack, but they won’t be heading to school. They will be joining other parents and children on the “march of the four-year-olds” to 10 Downing Street, where Isla will get her first taste of democracy. The children will…

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Special-needs children lose out on £1.2bn of support, says union | Education

Children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost out on £1.2bn worth of services because government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand for additional support over the past four years, according to an analysis. The number of children and young people with an education, health and care plan, a legal document detailing a child’s entitlement to support for special needs, has risen from 240,000 to 320,000 since 2015 – an increase of 33%…

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Parents protest at reception tests: ‘Four-year-olds should be making friends instead‘ | Education

Joanie Chapman will be visiting Downing Street next week, but not as a tourist. The little girl, who will turn four in May, will be part of a group marching on parliament on 25 April to deliver a 64,000-signature petition opposing the introduction of a statutory test for four- and five-year-olds to be taken within weeks of starting school. The results of the assessments, which gauge language, communication and early literacy and numeracy, will be used to track and measure…

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Tired, hungry and shamed: pupil poverty ‘stops learning’ | Education

Teachers have reported worsening signs of child poverty in their classrooms with pupils coming to school tired, hungry, angry and confused. Many children are wearing dirty and ill-fitting uniforms and suffering from anxiety and behaviour issues that affect their learning. This alarming picture is revealed in a survey, by the National Education Union (NEU), of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support staff. Nine out of 10 who took part agreed that poverty and low income were having a detrimental effect…

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Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth | Education

A woman whose daughter tried to kill herself while in an isolation booth at an academy school is to take legal action against the government. The child, who cannot be named, has autistic spectrum disorder and mental health problems, but was put in an isolation booth by her school in Kent for more than a month. Prior to the intervention of lawyers in mid-March, she had spent every day since mid-January in isolation, meaning she had to remain silent throughout…

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I Assign my Students Homework Despite Scant Research It Does Any Good – Education Article

In academic circles the debate over homework rages on. Does it actually help students learn or does it just cause undue stress and frustration for children and parents? As a teacher and a parent, I see both sides of the issue. In class, I assign my students homework every week – Monday through Thursday. Never on the weekends. My daughter’s teacher does the same. So at home, I’m on the receiving end, spending hours with my little munchkin helping her…

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LGBT classes ‘decision for school’ not parents, says Damian Hinds | Education

The education secretary has weighed into the row about LGBT lessons in primary schools, warning that parents should not be given a veto on what schools teach. Damian Hinds said it was right that parents were consulted and involved in developing how schools deliver relationships education, but insisted “what is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school.” His intervention was welcomed by headteachers who have been calling for more support from the government in the face of…

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Drive aims to increase number of men in early years education in UK | Education – Education Article

A drive is under way to increase the number of men working with the youngest children in the education system, drawing on the success of Norway, which has the highest percentage of male early years professionals in the world. According to latest statistics, just 2% of the early years education (EYE) workforce in the UK is male, a figure that has remained static for decades despite previous targets and greater shared childcare between men and women in the home. Researchers…

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