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  • Poorer families to get text messages in trial to support early learning February 20, 2019
    Separate trials will test impact of home visits by experts as well as access to learning appsParents are to be sent three text messages a week offering tips on how to support their child’s early learning at home as part of a government drive to improve school readiness among children from poorer families.The texts will […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Investigation after pupils say they were 'pinched and slapped' at faith school February 19, 2019
    Ofsted refers safeguarding concerns after pupils at Talmud Torah Yetev Lev primary report physical sanctionsA safeguarding investigation is under way at a private Jewish primary school in north London after pupils reported being pinched and slapped by staff as punishment.Ofsted inspectors who visited Talmud Torah Yetev Lev school, in north London, last month were told […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • 'I'm not spending money on that': the rise of the teetotal student February 19, 2019
    Universities are seeing an increase in teetotal clubs and alcohol-free accommodation. Why are students drinking less?Like most students heading off to university, Emily Proctor, 19, felt apprehensive. But it wasn’t just the thought of leaving her family and making new friends that caused her to be anxious; Proctor was concerned about how she’d fit in […]
    Suzanne Bearne
  • Malcolm X at Oxford: 'They're going to kill me soon' February 19, 2019
    Just before his assassination, the radical black activist took part in a debate at Oxford. Tariq Ali recalls their meeting, which left him in a state of shock – and is now the subject of a TV showMalcolm X became internationally famous the day after President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Asked to comment, Malcolm […]
    Tariq Ali
  • New behaviour code for Sir and Miss caught in schools moral maze February 19, 2019
    A guide for headteachers in England aims to help them deal ethically with thorny issues like exclusions - and to confront colleagues who do notOne of the most enduring images of recent decades has been that of the superhead: the heroic, league-table topping, entrepreneurial lone-ranger figure, once compared by the former chief inspector of schools, […]
    Fiona Millar
  • Female teachers are ‘breaking the glass ceiling to find a conservatory outside’ February 19, 2019
    Academies have made things worse for women, says the co-editor of a new bookWhen the former headteacher Vivienne Porritt sat down for afternoon tea with four other teachers at a hotel near Bracknell, Berkshire, in 2015, she had no idea they were about to start a global grassroots women’s education movement. “Our aim was to […]
    Donna Ferguson
  • A child in a bedsit has more ‘character’ than a braying public schoolboy, Mr Hinds | Laura McInerney February 19, 2019
    The education secretary should come up with policies to help children – and fund them – instead of making platitudes about yogaYears ago I taught a young girl who had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. At the age of 15, she knew that in her adult life she would be a wheelchair user. Yet, she […]
    Laura McInerney
  • MPs call for 1p clothing tax and darning classes in schools to cut waste February 19, 2019
    UK fashion industry bigger source of carbon emissions than aviation and shippingA penny on every shirt, skirt and stocking could fund better recycling and repairing in the fashion industry, according to a parliamentary report that recommends new taxes to end the throwaway consumer culture.The cross-party environmental audit committee also proposes tax incentives for companies that […]
    Jonathan Watts
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