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Research article on benefits of exercise in school
The chief executive of Redthread youth work charity says A&Es are the best places to reach young, at-risk victims of knife crime
Like the rap duo Krept and Konan, Jinx Prowse, who runs the Music Fusion youth project in Hampshire, believes a police clampdown on drill music is not the answer to knife crime. "Gangs and their culture exist first. This then informs the music.
Irena Barker takes a look at the impact of a unique qualification
A mobile youth club is providing a safe space for young people to socialise in areas where violent crime is a problem
For me, the charity shop obsession started with velvet blazers. It was about 1994, I was 16 and I was desperate to complete my female Jarvis Cocker-in-a-floral skirt indie look. As a student, I went through a silly ornaments stage - the bigger and sillier the better: the mocking face of a drunk plaster of Paris pirate stared down at us in our student house for an entire year.
More than half of grammar schools are set to fundamentally reform their admissions by giving preference to children from poor homes.
Questions raised over dual roles
Interviews about school exclusions
Theresa May’s grammar schools revolution will lead to a surge in independent schools seeking to join the state sector, headteachers are predicting.
A revolution in French schools?
Comment for TES
Get kids writing on a proper machine
Parents are faced with unpicking bizarre data when it comes to making a school choice, writes Irena Barker
All students and teachers should sit down together to a proper lunch
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When teachers and schools are under intense pressure to get results, how can we know if a jump in attainment represents a real leap in learning? Daniel Koretz warns Irena Barker that the more we tie assessments to accountability, the less reliable they become
The Prince of Wales School, a primary in Dorchester, Dorset, is not housed in an enormous warehouse. Neither does it have a huge car park outside. And there is definitely no deli counter. But, according to headteacher Gary Spracklen, the school's recent classroom renovations, embarked upon to boost learning, were partly inspired by supermarket giant Tesco.
139 views Irena Barker Your little ones are too busy having fun to notice the mess. You're tired out from cleaning and tidying, but it's more than possible to get kids helping around the house, and enjoying it. Underpants on the light fittings, smelly socks under the sofa cushions, splashes of wee on the toilet seat.
After Chris and Bessie's deaths, Irena Barker's family opened a box of 500 love letters written while the second world war kept them apart. The couple held little back as they expressed their longing
Is the preoccupation with the dreaming spires damaging social mobility?
Coming out as transgender is daunting for teachers, and can have tragic results. We look at what schools can do to help Pic: Nick Youngson http://www.nyphotographic.com/
A look at the experiences of teachers' spouses
School profile: One school at the sharp end of European immigration to the UK tells Irena Barker how it is supporting its many English language learners
How do we solve educational underachievement in Britain's seaside towns?
In these risk-averse times the traditional school foreign exchange trip is under threat
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