School Should Resume LGBT Lessons Claims Former Ofsted Head

The former head of Ofsted has has said that lessons about LGBT rights should be resumed at a Birmingham primary school, despite protests by parents.
 
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Schools should be held responsible for gang membership following exclusions

A new report from Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, warns there is ‘extensive evidence linking school exclusions with gang involvement’.
 

Innovative Students Rewarded for their Creative Solutions

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Schools Told to Reduce Pressure for SAT Exams

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has criticised parents and teachers setting revision and mock papers for pupils ahead of sitting their SATs exams. He has said that schools and parents must not heap pressure on children, stating key stage 2 tests are not public exams that they will be judged on in later life.

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