Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest

Image caption The pupils said they hoped their protest would bring about a change in uniform policy Some 30 boys have worn skirts to school in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts. The pupils from ISCA Academy in Exeter asked permission to modify their uniform because of the hot weather. One of the boys who took part in the protest said: “We’re not allowed to

Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system

Image copyright Getty Images Several leading universities have failed to score highly in a new ranking of degree teaching standards. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching. Gold went to 59 and silver to 116. The lowest score of bronze was awarded to 56 – including the London School of Economics (LSE), Southampton, Liverpool, Goldsmiths and the

Plan for more grammar schools abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England is not included in the government’s plans for legislation. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for new schools, but there are no signs of the legislation needed to remove the current ban on expanding

Early years places ‘must reach poorest’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Early years education brings significant benefits many years later, says the OECD Young people who went through pre-school education are much more likely to do well in international Pisa tests when they are teenagers, says the OECD. But the international think tank says to maximise the benefits of early years education, there need to be places for the poorest families. The OECD says the UK

Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure

Image copyright Getty Images Children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom, National Literacy Trust research suggests. Those who like writing outside class are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age. While the proportion of children writing for fun has risen, the trust warns many are still not keen on it. It says more attention must be

Heads warn parents of ‘cash-starved schools’

Image copyright iStock Image caption Heads are writing to parents warning them of deepening funding problems for schools Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about “cash-starved” schools to almost two million families. As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen’s Speech, school leaders across 17 councils are calling for urgent action over a funding gap. Claims

Historic violin lent by Oxford University to Syrian refugee

Image copyright Amr Kokash Image caption Aboud Kaplo, originally from Aleppo, has sought refuge in Lebanon with this family A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee. Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of his home in Aleppo and is now living in Lebanon. Film-maker Susie Attwood came across

Rookie research

Image caption Dr James Geach hopes primary pupils could make new discoveries Modern science produces so much data that scientists can’t cope with it all – so why not enlist schoolchildren to help? The new Sky Explorers club at Wheatfields Junior School in St Albans is making use of a night sky camera which has been installed on the building’s roof. “I am really looking forward to doing all the

Best-selling author Andy McNab appointed CBE for literacy work

Image copyright NEIL SPENCE Image caption Andy McNab in an official publicity shot Best-selling author Andy McNab has been appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work promoting adult literacy. The Bravo Two Zero author is a literacy ambassador for The Reading Agency and has written several of the charity’s Quick Read titles for young adults. He described himself as “absolutely amazed” when he heard about the

University of East Anglia in students’ personal data breach

Image copyright N Chadwick Image caption The University of East Anglia mistakenly emailed sensitive personal information about students to nearly 300 undergraduates A university has mistakenly emailed hundreds of students intimate and sensitive personal information about dozens of fellow undergraduates. Details of health problems, family bereavements and personal issues were sent by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to 298 students. Megan Baynes, 23, said she felt “sick