MPs uniting across party lines to ask government to stop nursery school closures

A cross-party group of 71 MPs has called on the government to take ‘urgent action’ in protecting funding for state-run nursery schools, warning that many could face closure.
 
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New Initiative Launched to Schools to Promote Careers in Technology and Engineering

A new awards system is being launched to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering and technology and prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK.
 

Intelligent but disadvantaged students are still not achieving top GCSE grades

Almost half of clever but disadvantaged students fail to secure the top GCSE grades, according to a new study from social mobility charity, The Sutton Trust.
 

Physical coordination linked to academic success

Children who struggle to catch a ball are less likely to perform well in reading, writing and maths exams, a study has found. This new research raises the possibility that schools should provide extra support to children who lack hand-eye coordination.

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