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  • Ruth Perry ‘amazed’ more heads did not kill themselves, inquest hears December 1, 2023
    Hearing into death of Caversham primary school head was also told she thought Ofsted inspections were ‘inhumane’Ruth Perry told an NHS clinician she was “amazed” that more headteachers did not take their own lives as a result of Ofsted inspections during a conversation a few weeks before her death, an inquest has heard.“This is the […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Singing to babies is vital to help them learn language, say scientists December 1, 2023
    Study finds infants first understand language via rhythm and tone rather than individual soundsA, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P … How many would read this to that tune?According to scientists from the University of Cambridge, there’s more to the earworm than infuriating parents across the […]
    Jamie Grierson
  • ‘Direct link’ between Ruth Perry’s death and Ofsted inspection, inquest told November 30, 2023
    Chair of governors and two deputy heads say ‘inadequate’ rating brought about deterioration in Perry’s mental healthThere was a “direct link” between Ruth Perry’s death and the Ofsted inspection that rated her school inadequate, the chair of the board of governors has told an inquest.The school’s two deputy headteachers also told the inquest in Reading […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Stars back Andrew Lloyd Webber call for music education funding November 30, 2023
    Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa among signatories of letter to Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer calling for funds for music in disadvantaged schoolsAndrew Lloyd Webber, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Dua Lipa are among the music industry leaders who have called for public funding for music in disadvantaged schools.In a letter to Rishi Sunak and Keir […]
    Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent
  • My sister is getting opportunities I feel I missed. How do I grieve my past, but support her? | Leading questions November 30, 2023
    Beware of grass is always greener thinking, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. Instead, reflect on what has stopped you before and what is possible nowMy sister is a few weeks away from finishing her PhD – this is a massive achievement and I’m very proud of her. We’ve always been very close to each other, […]
    Eleanor Gordon-Smith
  • Dining across the divide: ‘He was convinced of the worth of private schools, the finishing-school element’ November 30, 2023
    With differing views on private education set in stone, would the two radicals agree on public transport?Jonathan, 62, OxfordOccupation Retired publisher and estate agent Continue reading...
    Erica Buist
  • Ruth Perry told husband lead Ofsted inspector was a bully, inquest hears November 29, 2023
    Jonathan Perry says his wife said on first morning of inspection it was going badly and she was traumatisedRuth Perry feared that her career as a headteacher was being “destroyed” by a hostile Ofsted inspection, telling her husband that the lead inspector was a bully with an agenda, an inquest into her death has been […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Fancy a life of misery? We’ve just the degree for you! | Zing Tsjeng November 29, 2023
    Studying sociology, politics or the creative arts may well make you unhappy. But it’s not necessarily a bad choiceRecent analysis has revealed the university degrees that lead to the highest life satisfaction, with Celtic studies and sports science coming out on top. At the bottom? Bad news for those who studied sociology, politics, creative arts […]
    Zing Tsjeng
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