Baseline tests for four-year-olds: Ministers forced to make humiliating U-turn after admitting they are ‘unfair’


Ministers have been forced to abandon controversial plans to judge primary schools according to new tests for four-year-olds after admitting that to do so would be “inappropriate and unfair”.

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500 kids mistakenly accepted to top chicago public school


An “unidentified internal error” in enrolling transfer students in Chicago has ended with Chicago Public Schools telling hundreds of families that their children had been accepted for a seat in the exceptional North Side school this week when, in fact, they had not.

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DIY schooling on the rise as more parents opt for home education

 Marta Drew and children, at computers
‘We have grown closer as a family’: Marta Drew supervises her children, Alicja and Chris, who have been studying at home for eight years. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris for the Guardian

For Marta Drew and her family, it was a difficult decision, but the right one. Eight years ago, she says, her seven-year-old son had been complaining about school. “Christopher, who was a bright, curious little boy, started saying things like ‘I hate learning’ and ‘learning is boring’. So I started reading up about home education.

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Students Say Free Speech Is Alive, With One Big Exception

The college campus, long a home to spirited protests and expressions of provocative opinions, can also be home to safe spaces, trigger warnings, news media restrictions and rules about what can be written in chalk on the sidewalks.

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Skye Bank adopts school to deepen financial education
















Skye Bank Plc has renovated three blocks of 12 classrooms at Government Day Secondary School, Wuse 11, Abuja, under its ‘School adoption’ and financial literacy mentorship series, which is in line with the “Adopt a School Project” of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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DFID, Education Above All partner to educate 2m high-risk children


Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All (EAA), Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser (left, standing); Secretary of State for International Development and Member of Parliament (MP) Justine Greening (left, sitting) and others during the signing of a five-year partnership agreement between EAA’s Educate A Child programme (EAC) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), in London… recently














Nigeria, South Sudan, Kenya and Ghana to benefit

Two million children in high-risk communities will receive primary education after Education Above All’s Educate A Child programme (EAC) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), signed a five-year partnership agreement in London.

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Cleric Tasks Govt On Educational System, Digital Learning

A retired Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Ifo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Akin Odejide, has urged government to revert to the 6-3-3-4 educational system, saying it was a hybrid of the best educational systems in the world.

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Firms hold education fair in Lagos

A group of admission counsellors representing international boarding schools would hold an education fair in Lagos tomorrow, to showcase opportunities for summer programmes around the world.

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A Common Core Homework Headache: Subtracting by Adding


One important change in the Common Core Math Standards is that students are expected to work through multi-digit computations by thinking about number relationships before they’re expected to follow standard algorithms. For parents who never had to think about their computations in school, this can make homework time a bit daunting.

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High London rents pricing out young teachers, says NUT

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Education budget: Senate uncovers N5bn shortfall for meal subsidy

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA—THE Senate yesterday uncovered N5 billion shortfall in the amount allocated as meal subsidy for Unity Schools across the country as well as personnel cost of Kings College in the 2016 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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$117m USAID-funded education project for 3 northern states underway

Bauchi—GOVERNOR Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State yesterday, launched a five-year USAID funded education project worth $117 million for three northern states.

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

Launching the project, Abubakar said the USAID’s Northern Education Initiative sought to reach nearly 1.6 million children and would be implemented in Bauchi, Sokoto and one other yet-to-be announced state.

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Early child education pivotal to nation’s devt

THE Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, has called on the education community to invest in early child education as it is a cornerstone to national development.

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Pupils who switch schools in-year do worse in exams

Report says grades decline with each successive move and that poorer children suffer disproportionately.

Report says grades decline with each successive move and that poorer children suffer disproportionately

GCSE exam pupils
The RSA says the chances of achieving five good GCSE grades drop markedly with each change of school. Photograph: Eye Ubiquitous/Alamy.

Children who change schools during their primary or secondary education do worse in exams than peers who do not, research has revealed.Figures from the RSA thinktank show the decline in attainment increases with each change of school outside the traditional first years of primary and secondary education in England.

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Teaching assistants improve pupils’ results, studies show


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Teaching assistants have traditionally been used in classrooms to support low-attaining pupils. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Research says students make additional two to four months’ progress when small groups get structured help from assistants.

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Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives


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Professor John Macbeth from the University of Cambridge: ‘Ofsted focuses primarily on maths and English…

The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might work?

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Students, teachers get Coscharis’ Edu-Mobile for learning

By Dayo Adesulu A leading information and communication technology solutions company, Coscharis Technologies, has launched Edu-Mobile, Nigeria’s first mobile school, primarily targeted at primary and secondary school students and teachers.

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‘Show us that you care’: a student’s view on what makes a perfect teacher

Ofsted has its own ideas about outstanding lessons, but what young people love about teachers is quite different.

Picture of Mary Poppins.
‘The incredible teachers I’ve had are the ones who never give up on me and have taught me that I should never give up on myself.’ Photograph: Allstar/Disney

The perfect teacher. In Ofsted’s eyes, that probably means exemplary lesson plans and 30 immaculately marked books with targets for improvement. But, as a 16-year-old, I’m not sure I agree. What students love about the best teachers – the ones whose lessons are discussed at the dinner table, whose names are always remembered and whose impact is never forgotten – is quite different.

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Confessions of a tutor to the super-rich: they aren’t faceless symbols of injustice any more

Land Rover model cars

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‘Massively’ improved state schools threaten private sector

State schools have improved “massively”, according to the founder of the Good Schools Guide, who says their growing popularity with parents is threatening to drive weaker private schools out of business.

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Ofsted chief backs schools that restrict ‘inappropriate wearing of veil’

School inspectors will be allowed to rate schools as “inadequate” if they let pupils or staff wear full-face veils such as niqabs in their classrooms, according to a policy announced by the chief inspector of schools.

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From talking moggies to chatty rulers, my voice brings my teaching to life

After eight years in the classroom, teacher Ben Culverhouse has learned that tone, impressions and accents can transform a classroom. Here’s how others can try them

Cat sitting down
Reading Fat Lawrence by Dick King-Smith, a story about a cat who falls in love, has become some what of a performance. Photograph: Speight Photo 2012/Getty Images/Flickr RF



Tobacco-chewing teachers to face dismissal from service: Maha govt

Taking a tough stand against the teachers who are in the habit of chewing tobacco or consuming tobacco products, Maharashtra government on Friday said such teachers could face dismissal from service.

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Teachers at North Carolina School banned from saying please

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) — For parents, please is often referred to as the magic word, but now one Charlotte school is banning teachers from using it.

Officials at Druid Hills Academy say that the goal is to make so-called “bratty kids” behave.

It’s called “No-Nonsense Nurturing,” where the teachers give kids concise, clear instructions in a format called M.V.P. – movement, voice and participation.


Fragmented school places system ‘harms children’


The system for creating new school places in England is fragmented and confusing, risking harm to children’s education, head teachers have warned.

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Schools urged to sign up to Jeans for Genes Day this month

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Jeans for Genes Day is celebrating its 20th year of fundraising for children with genetic disorders on Friday 18th September 2015, and this year a host of celebrities are backing the campaign including Kate Moss, Amanda Holden and SpongeBob Square Pants.

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New campaign from Sainsbury’s to get kids cooking










As school leavers prepare to look after themselves at University for the first time from next week, new research from Sainsbury’s reveals that 17 and 18 year-olds have a Cooking Age of just 12 years old.

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New English set texts added to Discovery Education Secondary service

Discovery Education has announced the addition of over 70 videos for set texts, novels set by an exam board, which students are asked to study for their English Literature GCSEs. These new learning tools were developed in response to the latest round of exam updates in September.

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Minister Presents 2015 ISESCO Literacy Prize To Islamic Organisation


Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

An Abuja- based Islamic Organisation known as International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) has won the 2015 prestigious literary prize of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO).

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Politicians, stop squabbling about education and agree a long-term plan

Children playing on a numbered grid in school
Teachers wouldn’t let students squabble in the playground like politicians do over education. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

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More than 500,000 primary school pupils taught in ‘super-size’ classes

New analysis shows schools being forced to exceed statutory limit of 30 to meet demand, with Labour blaming situation on Tory ‘fixation’ with free schools

School children in class
‘The current system is essentially broken. It is time for the Tories to put the need for sufficient good school places in every local area first,’ said shadow education secretary Lucy Powell. Photograph: Felix Clay/Guardian

Buhari To Offer Free Education To Science, Technology Students

The Federal Government is developing a cash transfer programme which will include the provision of free education for science, technology and education students in tertiary institutions, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The president announced the plan, aimed at addressing the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the society in his 2016 Budget Speech at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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Etisalat Blazing The Trail In Academic Excellence

Worried by the declining state of tertiary education and the United States Department’s report that Nigeria is the largest source of students from sub-Saharan Africa to the US with over 6,560 Nigerian students studying in over 733 regionally-accredited US colleges and universities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, telecommunication operator, Etisalat Nigeria, lent its weight to attempts to improve the quality of education in the country.

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Why Osun is restructuring education sector — Aregbesola

Osogbo—Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said that he embarked on the  restructuring of the education sector to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in running the state, particularly in the area of tertiary education.

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Budget Breakdown As Education Ministry Gets N369.6 billion

Ministry of Power, Works and Housing: N433.4 billion

The Federal Government, on Tuesday in Abuja earmarked N433.4 billion in the 2016 budget for its services in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.Continue Reading…

Mobile Learning, Future of Education, Says IT Expert

An information technology firm, SoftCom Solutions Limited, has introduced a mobile learning programme for undergraduates of the newly-established university, Mountain Top University.

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Buhari’s Education Plans: Good, But Can Be Better — Senator Emodi

Sen. Joy Emodi
Senator Joy Emodi’s sterling legacy in public service evokes fond memories especially in the nation’s education sector. For her efforts she was awarded doctorate degrees by the University of Abuja and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Now on a sort of sabbatical from public service following her memorable stint as Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Mrs. Emodi has taken to her first love, education with the establishment of the co-educational school in Abuja, The Brickhall School.

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Education in 2016: Nigerians Want Change


As activities in the country kick off in 2016, concerned educationists are optimistic that Nigerians will begin to demand for the promised change, especially in the education sector, after having waited with baited breath for seven months to give the Buhari administration time to settle down.

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Lagos Restates Commitment To Accessible Education

The Lagos State government has reiterated the commitment of the Ambode administration to increase access to education and provide infrastructure for public schools across the state.

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Make Education First Line Charge, Bogoro Tells State Govts

The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, has urged state governments to prioritise education and make it a first line charge in budgeting.

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Secret Teacher: the best blogs of 2015

As Secret Teacher celebrates another year uncovering the reality of school life, we pick our top 10 blogs

Schoolboy looking into classroom
Peek behind the classroom door with our favourite Secret Teacher blogs of 2015. Photograph: Alamy

It’s been a fantastic year for Secret Teacher – we’ve covered a whole range of issues from Ofsted and school leadership to fatherhood and personality disorders.

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Five alternative careers for teachers

From working in a museum to corporate training, if you decide to leave teaching your skills stand you in good stead for securing a variety of other jobs

Night at the Museum 2 (2009) film still
Could you swap a classroom for a museum? Teachers have marketable skills and experience that stand them in good stead when it comes to a career change. Photograph: Doane Gregory/PR

Teaching can be an enormously rewarding and attractive career, but it’s not for everyone. A growing number of teachers are choosing to walk away (the numbers of new recruits leaving the profession has tripled in the last six years) with a large number blaming heavy workloads.

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Why are state school students left on the sidelines in elite sport?

A look at the English Rugby World Cup squad proves that private schools are winning when it comes to creating athletes

Campion School, Essex, rugby team
The dominance of independent schools in professional rugby may be disheartening for state school students. Photograph: Campion School, Essex

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Warm up with these cool ideas on engaging students in PE in winter

We ran a live chat about how to engage students in school sport during winter. Here’s a roundup of the best tips

Dodgeball team film clip
How can you warm kids up to sport when it’s cold outside? You’re on to a winner with dodgeball. Photograph: Rex Features

New Year resolutions made easy: six ways to improve lesson planning

Our teachers share the tricks of the trade they’ve devised to avoid the drudgery of planning late into the evening

Pushpin on map
Every journey needs to be planned – even lessons – but this shouldn’t restrict your teaching. Photograph: Alamy

Six classroom management tips for new teachers

Smile, be consistent and add some fun – teacher and blogger Michael Linsin explains his behaviour management basics

Teacher with students running around him
Being consistent and following through with consequences will help you manage student behaviour. Photograph: Alamy

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The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students

Schoolboy playing with exploring a mechanical toy
Examining broken mechanical objects allows pupils to discover how complex challenges can be broken into recognisable ‘doable’ parts. Photograph: Alamy

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Secret Teacher: Let The Government think I’m a failure, I’ve got my own success criteria


Measuring up: base success on your students, not on mundane data
 My measures of success focus on what’s important – the students. They remind me that, whatever the system thinks of my teaching, I am damn good at at my job

SUBEB boss urges more priority for primary education

The Permanent Secretary of the Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, has urged governments at all levels to give more priority to primary education.

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Rethinking primary, secondary education in Nigeria









By Amaka Abayomi , Tare Youdeowei & Elizabeth Uwandu

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The Inevitability Of Curriculum Review


Concerned about the state of Nigerian education, stakeholders in the sector have called for a review of the primary and secondary school curriculum to address what they see as challenges being faced by students and teachers alike. Continue Reading…

Governor El-Rufai threatens to arrest, prosecute parents of out-of-school children

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday said his government would soon commence the arrest and prosecution of parents who allow their children to engage in street trading rather than being in school.

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Pupil enrollment increases by 64 per cent in Kaduna — Commissioner

Borno schools

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Shehu Adamu-Danfulani, has said that the free education programme of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i’s administration has increased pupil’s enrolment by 64 per cent.

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Education Research Council plans new curriculum for schools

The Nigeria Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) has said it would reduce education curriculum to meet with the international best practice and standards.

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

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A New Year Means New Device Settings for Your Child

Does your child use your phone or tablet? You’ll want to know about these settings.

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5 Tricks to Get Kids Reading, Writing, and Organizing

When kids have an important role in home organizing, there’s no telling what they can do!

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VIDEO OF THE DAY Assessment of Teaching and Learning: Classroom Observation

How To Teach … Feminism

Gender equality is rarely out of the news, and feminism is a term and topic that rightly has support in high places. In her enormously popular Ted talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, says We Should All Be Feminists – the Swedish Women’s Lobby agrees, giving a copy of the speech to all 16-year-olds in the country. (It seems like Beyoncé agrees too, as she sampled the talk in her 2014 single Flawless.) So how can you raise awareness for feminism among the boys and girls in your classes?

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A Teaching Revolution That ‘Makes The Classes Come Alive’

Dylan Bowe, Diarmaid Gallagher, Aoife Keegan and Orla Fallon of Magh Éne, Bundoran, Co Donegal, holding up white boards to show their knowledge of the subject. Photograph: James Connolly     Emer McGurran, Isabelle Pawlowski, Chloe Johnston and Aoife Keegan in science class at Magh Éne school in Bundoran. Photograph: James Connolly  Pat Tighe, principal at Magh Éne, Bundoran, Co Donegal. Photograph: James Connolly  Barrie Bennett, who pioneered instructional leadership in Canada

A secondary school in Donegal has become one of the top-ranking schools in Ireland after ditching the focus on ‘chalk and talk’ and moving to a student-led model born in Canada.

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‘National Crisis’ Looming In Teaching, Unions Warn

Teacher and pupil

A “national crisis” in teacher numbers is looming, six unions representing teachers and school leaders in England and Wales have warned.

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Should homework be scrapped?


One primary school has already proven that academic performance needn’t suffer after they did away with homework. What do you think about dropping homework: yes or no?

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Tips For A Good School Backpack

It’s the start of a new school year and backpacks are often the number one thing on parents need to get on the back to school lists. With the amount of books and stationery that kids need these days, backpacks can get quite heavy so it’s essential that they have a good backpack with support.

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Help your kids understand math using Lego


Do you think uniforms are over priced?

As I sit here labelling school uniforms, taking up kilometres of hems and softly crying about the money I’ve shelled out for these clothes, I’ve got a few concerns to raise.

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Poor Language Skills ‘Ongoing Problem’

Cape Town – A report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of candidates’ performance in the 2015 matric exams, has highlighted some areas of concern, including the poor language skills of pupils.

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NYU Combines Online and Residency Program for Next-Gen Teacher Education

Experience plus expert online guidance could spell success for a new generation of teachers, according to NYU educators. An innovative online approach to preparing teachers for the classroom is being launched at New York University.

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5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016

Science-fiction author William Gibson once said, “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM-Nigeria Why Prof. Rahamon Bello, VC, UNILAG, wants UTME scrapped


By Chika Abanobi

Scrap the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and its Unified Tertiary Matriculation

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Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy Founder Shows Off His Slick Dance Moves With Students

If you glanced at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy, you’d think you were in the middle of Hogwarts and might expect to see Harry Potter and his crew sitting in the classrooms. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. What you will see is a group of talented fifth- through eighth-graders, learning not only math and science but also life lessons they’ll be able to take with them when they leave the school.

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Infographic: 2015 Best High Schools

The 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, released today, feature information on thousands of public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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A Powerful Science Lesson I witnessed.

It was a blend of action, interaction and fun in a year 5 Science lesson on Blood Circulation today as Mr.  Onuoha guides his pupils to comprehend the rather complex topic on blood circulation in the simplest and the most exciting manners using a blend of methodologies.

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State Policies on Teacher Effectiveness Show Incremental Improvements

If states were students, they’d barely be passing their classes on teacher policies. Across the country, the average state teacher policy grade for this year is C-. Nobody in the class of 51 (including the District of Columbia) rates better than a B+. That high mark goes to Florida.

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Gale, CyberScience 3D Unveil Interactive Science Learning Programs

Three new Web-based reference products covering science topics are now available with optional interactive 3D models.

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Google Taps Lenovo To Build Phone Running Project Tango

This summer we can expect to see the first mobile device engineered to run apps using Google’s Project Tango, and it has education potential written all over it. Lenovo will be creating the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) smartphone in collaboration with Google.

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Nigerian Girls Invent Generator That Runs On Urine! (Photo)

Nigerians Got’s Talent! Four Young Nigerian Students invented a generator/plant that is powered by urine, (seriously, why urine? Won’t it ???)
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MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning

A major proponent of “connected” education is shifting its strategy from providing philanthropic support for a handful of cities to create digital learning opportunities to building a new nonprofit organization charged with bringing such work to scale.

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Technology in schools: Future changes in classrooms

Technology has the power to transform how people learn – but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp.

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Lagos Dep. Gov. Enjoins Parents To Ensure Children Resume School On Monday

Dr Idiat Adebule, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, on Friday urged parents to ensure that their children and wards resume for the second term on Monday.

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NUT Seeks Teachers’ Input In Curriculum Planning

The Lagos State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Tuesday appealed that teachers should be carried along in planning school curriculum, to enhance learning and proper implementation.

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Absenteeism: Board Suspends 2 Headmasters, 87 Teachers Loses Salary

The Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has suspended two headmasters for absenteeism.

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Education Leads Bauchi’s Budget With N26.73bn

Education sector topped Bauchi State’s 2016 Budget with an allocation of N26.73 billion out of N135.30 billion budgeted for the state.

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Wales to put arts at the heart of the curriculum

The expressive arts will be one of six areas of learning and experience that will take the place of traditional subjects as Wales approves a radical overhaul of its curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

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Cambridge School’s Move To Put Engineering On Curriculum Hailed A Success

A Cambridge headteacher has spoken of his pride after his school completed its first term with engineering on the curriculum.

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Pupils Begin ‘Tough’ New National Curriculum

Millions of children in England will begin a “tough” new national curriculum when they return to school this week.

Five-year-olds will learn fractions and computer coding, while those in early secondary school will have to study at least two Shakespeare plays.

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Pearson rebrand to reflect 100% focus on education

Pearson has rebranded to reflect its 100% focus on education.

The rebrand launched on Monday (4th January) with Pearson intending to roll out its redesign globally over the next two years.

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Singapore schools: ‘The best education system in the world’ putting significant stress on young children

Singapore’s education system is among the most highly regarded in the world, but it is also famously known as a pressure cooker.

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Presidential scholarship winner: My goal – to be BHOS student

Huseyn Najafov was born 7 September, 1998 in Jamaldin village of Julfa region, Nakhchivan. He graduated with the gold medal secondary school №12 named after Afiyaddin Jalilov in Nakhchivan town. Having gathered 695 scores during the entrance exam organized by the State Students’ Admission Commission (SSAC) in academic year 2015/16 .

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Teacher at ‘Trojan Horse’ Golden Hillock Academy In Misconduct Ruling

A maths teacher who taught at one of the schools caught up in the so-called Trojan Horse affair has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

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Exams Timetabled To Accommodate Ramadan

This year’s key GCSE and A-Level examinations have been timetabled to take into account the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, exam boards have said.

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Iraq: Education Union Roles up Sleeves to Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union has announced a major project to enhance the housing situation of Kurdish teachers and education employees, cooperating with over 20 companies in the construction sector to build 17,000 units of accommodation, mostly apartments.

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Nigeria Set To Hire More Teachers

The New Year will bring a wave of fresh investment in education across the continent of Africa, with significant announcements by some governments.

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Much-loved drama teacher Charles Slucki, who ‘changed lives’, farewelled at funeral

Most people have never heard of Charles Slucki, but the inspiring teacher, who died of a heart attack in Los Angeles last week, changed the lives of thousands of his students.

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Montessori: What is Involved In The Educational Approach of Prince George’s Nursery?

Prince George is heading to a Montessori nursery — but what does that actually mean?

What is Montessori?

Basically, advocates say it is about focusing on the needs of the child.

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The Man Behind The Million-Dollar Teacher

This year saw the first Global Teacher Prize award ceremony being beamed around the world.

Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Maine in the United States, received the million-dollar prize and then, in the spirit of public service, announced that she was giving it all to her school.

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Nicola Sturgeon Says Education Is At Centre of Her Future Plans

Education will be central to the SNP’s third term at Holyrood if it is re-elected in May, Scotland’s first minister has told MSPs.

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Teacher Shortage Means Pupils Travel To Other School

Pupils in a primary school in Yorkshire will have to travel to another school for part of each day because of difficulties in recruiting a teacher.

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Learn a language in 2016, Britons are urged

As the New Year beckons, the British Council is calling on people in the UK to make learning a foreign language their resolution for 2016.

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E-learning for Africa held back by power shortage

Is a lack of power holding back educational technology in Africa?

There are well-documented problems about access to education. The Africa Learning Barometer at the US-based Center for Universal Education at Brookings says of the continent’s nearly 128 million school-aged children, 17 million will never attend school.

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Parents ‘struggle to get children off devices’

Many UK parents find it easier to get their children to do homework, go to bed or have a bath than turn off their phones, laptops and TVs, a poll finds.

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Signing of Ontario Education contract on the 8th of December, 2015 between Mrs. I.O. Adeyemi (Managing Director, Chrisland Schools Limited) and Mr. Bilal Rashid (Simcoe Academy Canada).


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Corona Teachers College

Since 2007 the Corona Teachers’ College has been in the vanguard of providing quality training for teachers and school administrators. This is in line with our goal of transforming the education sector and make teaching an attractive career option.

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The Young Inventor Who Designed A Helicopter In JSS1

Emmanuel Okekunle is a 22-year-old senior secondary school graduate and an aspiring inventor who says Nigerian youths could do more if the Government provided adequate support.

He graduated from Cherubin and Seraphim College, Jos, Plateau State, in 2010.

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Ms Nkemdilim Obi Emerges Maltina Teacher of the year

The quest for the best teacher in public secondary schools in Nigeria came to a glorious end at a grand ceremony in Lagos with a 37-year-old teacher from Anambra State, Rose Nkemdilim Obi, emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year.

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THE Japanese government has approved  an $8.5 million (N1,674,500,000) grant for additional classrooms for primary schools in Oyo State.

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Healthy school Lunch Rules Are Working

Researchers looked at Washington state school district

(CNN) —Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the United States in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study of a Washington state school district suggests this has not been the case.

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Virginia schools shut over Islam homework


(CNN) —After a teacher at a Virginia school handed out a standard homework assignment on Islam, such an angry backlash flooded in that it prompted officials to close every single county school as a safety precaution.
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Teacher’s Slick Dance Routine Goes Viral

Video garners 2.5 million views

The Atlanta educator is getting a lot of attention after posting a video of himself and a few of his students dancing to hip-hop artist DLOW’s “Bet You Can’t Do It Like Me Challenge.”

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Sometimes ‘poor little rich kids’ really are poor little rich kids (The great debate)

The “affluenza” defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk, has received a great deal of ridicule, much of it justified. That said, it would be foolish to allow an absurd effort to….

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Inner-city pupil joins England’s elite debaters: Teenager will speak alongside teammates from Eton and Dulwich College at World Championships in the summer

The other members of the team are: Edward Bracey, 15, from Eton College; Archie Hall, 17, from Westminster; Rosa Thomas, 17, from Alleyn’s; and the captain, Kenza Wilks, 16, from Dulwich College.

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The Activist Helping London Children Talk to Their Parents about FGM

“The easiest way to open the conversation among families is through the children,” says Hibo Wardere, a 42-year-old activist campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) .

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In “Education Push” Tanzania to Punish Parents of Children Out Of School

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Tanzania prepares to introduce free basic education for all, the government has warned that it will punish parents who fail to ensure their children go to school.

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China’s Latest Building Binge: The Education Factory

Three decades ago, Chinese cities began turning rural land into industrial parks to attract foreign investors. Today, a new kind of project is blooming in China’s countryside: the vocational education park.

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Nigeria behind Ghana, Kenya in education allocation –Report

Folashade Adebayo

Despite Nigeria’s steady increase in its budgetary allocation to education, it still ranks behind Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa and Ghana.


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Sciences: Reps order review of education programme

Friday Olokor, Abuja

The House of Representatives has mandated the Ministries of Education and Science and Technology to urgently develop a new curriculum to check the unimpressive enrollment of students in science courses.

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MTN Foundation Learning Support Materials Initiative

The MTN Foundation Learning Support Materials Initiative is aimed at supporting the Education sector by providing learning support materials and learning Aids such as branded exercise books, school bags, rain coats, pencil cases, puzzle maps, etc. to primary and secondary schools across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.

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Engen Ghana promotes Maths and Science Education

Engen Ghana Limited is promoting science and mathematics education among second cycle students across the country.
The company which is affiliated to South African-based multi-national oil company, Engen Petroleum, has earmarked about 16 second-cycle schools in five regions to receive research materials.

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Meadow Hall Live in Port Harcourt!

Discover the tools and techniques today’s teachers use to prepare students for tomorrow.

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6-3-3-4 system failed for lack of political will – Osanyin

By Dayo Adesulu

HEAD, Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Professor Florence Ajike Osanyin, has stated that the 6-3-3-4 system of education failed as a result of lack of political will in planning, data sourcing, provision of facilities, teacher preparation and the infamous take-over of mission schools.

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More primary schools succeed in ‘three Rs’

There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the “three Rs”, data shows.

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Times tables ‘to be tested by age 11’

Every pupil in England will be tested on their times tables before leaving primary school, under government plans.

Pupils aged 11 will be expected to know their tables up to 12×12, and will be tested using an “on-screen check”.

The checks will be piloted to about 3,000 pupils in 80 primary schools this summer, before being rolled out across the country in 2017.

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Are Children Learning Anything in School?

The total number of out-of-school children worldwide has declined from 108 million in 1999 to 57 million today.  While this is tremendous progress, a critical question remains:  Are they learning?  According to the latest estimates from UNESCO, more than 250 million school-aged children cannot read.

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Banish these words in 2016, school says

CNN)If the phrase “break the Internet” makes you want to break your computer monitor, you’re not alone.

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Maggie the dog made special primary school teacher

A dog has become so successful in helping children to read, that she’ has become a special member of staff at a school in the West Midlands, England.

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Teachers survey finds more pupils ‘going to school hungry’

An increasing number of pupils in Scotland are going to school hungry and in some cases are stealing food from classmates, according to teachers.

Teaching union the EIS carried out a survey as part of its work on tackling the impact of poverty in schools.

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UK among world’s worst for ‘teaching to the test’, research finds

UK schools are among the worst in the developed world for “teaching to the test”, a new analysis of the effect of income inequality on education suggests.

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Exams are ‘disempowering’ students and ignoring their abilities, international experts warn

Exams too often “disempower” learners by failing to give them the chance to demonstrate their full range of knowledge and skills, according to a group of leading academics and policy advisers from around the world.

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Sorry State of Affairs: India Has 75000 Educated Beggars

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Census 2011 data on ‘Non-workers by main activity and education level’ released earlier this week has revealed that India has over 3 lakh beggars of whom 21 percent are literate.

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Government’s New Education Policy will transform India. It uses a fruitful combination of online portals supported by on-site focus discussions.

In September 2015, member states of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basic framework for improving the well being of the planet’s citizens. SDG4 proposes equal and inclusive education for all.

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Top 15 Reasons Why Education is Extremely Important

You may be knowing your A’s and B’s and C’s, but are you educated or just literate? No rolling your eyeballs please, there is a difference. Literacy is knowing how to read and write. Education is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your benefit and to be able to gain your spectrum of knowledge by trying to surge deeper into the literate knowledge imparted to you.  We’ve had debates innumerable about why is it important for every country to increase the literacy rates of its citizens, but is merely doing that enough? No, we do not need just literate citizens, but educated ones too. We do not want to be a group of people who can read and write but make nothing out of it. Wondering what education makes of us? It makes us human, a robot can read and write to, but reason? Here are reasons why education is extremely important.

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Education and Buhari’s 2016 budget

Abimbola Adelakun

How much of Nigeria’s budgetary allocation should go to the education sector? The answer should be a 100 per cent – and that is only a start. This, of course, is not practicable for obvious reasons. Besides, we know that reducing the problem with education in Nigeria to funding is dubious diagnosis. Notwithstanding, education in Nigeria – at the federal, state and local levels – needs every kobo it can get.

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More High Schools Implement iPad Programs

Many high school districts experiment with tablet computers in the classroom.

With most schools back in session, students in about 600 districts nationwide will return with a new piece of tech: their own personal Apple iPad.

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Since the iPad launched last year, some schools have replaced textbooks with E-books. Programs in two thirds of the 600 districts are new for this year; others started these “one-to-one” programs, in which schools provide one iPad for each student, soon after Apple released the tablet in April, 2010.

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Educationists seek new training models for Africa

A former Minister of Education in Mozambique, Graça Machel, and an educationist, Fred Swaniker, have called for making Africa the hub of innovative education models.

The appeal comes as Machel seeks the support and financial inclusion of women in political participation and leadership.

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Access Bank backs education development

Access Bank Plc has restated its commitment to education development in the country.

The lender stated this when its Credit Risk Management department donated a six-block classrooms, library and other facilities to the UPE Primary School at Akodo-Ise in the Ibeju Lekki Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

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Finland has an education system the US should envy – and learn from Linda Moore

new book has attracted much interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment.

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World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?

The world education rankings from the OECD are out. The UK is slipping down in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, thismajor study of 65 countries reveals today.

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Nigeria: Govt Urged to Sustain Technical, Vocational Education

Owerri — The Federal Government has been urged to sustain its technical and vocational education policy, since it remained a sure option to the production of competent hands that would drive the diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy.

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Singapore’s 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)


70.67% fail English, Maths in Nov/Dec WASSCE

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has on Friday in Lagos released the statistics of candidates who passed English Language and Mathematics in theNovember/December 2015 WASSCE results.

In a released made available to Vanguard through email, its Public Relations Officer, Mr Demian Ojijeogu said:” A total of 67,713 candidates, representing‎ 29.33 percent obtained credits in ‎five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.‎”

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10 great podcasts for teachers

We’ve put together a list of amazing podcasts for you to enjoy wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing. Learn about the latest ed tools and practices while loading the dishwasher, hear about cutting edge ed tech on the way to work, or swot up on the latest teaching techniques with your bedtime cocoa.

1. TeacherCast

‘Teacher Cast’ in one of the most well-known podcasting networks for teachers. The shows feature guests including #edchat co-founder Jerry Blumengarten, edtech aficionado and blogger Brad Currie, and the Edcamp Foundation Executive Director Hadley Ferguson. It also hosts podcasts specifically for tech educators and principals.

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Minecraft in education

If you have been in contact with any kids aged between 6-14 you can’t have escaped talk of the game Minecraft. But do you know why it’s so popular with teachers around the world?

The graphics aren’t fancy, there are no rules, no objectives, or even much in the way of instruction and yet this game has over 20 million subscribers. Players are placed in a borderless, randomly generated land and it is up to them to decide what to do and how to do it. They collect materials from the world around them in order to ‘craft’ items and build whatever their mind can imagine. At night, depending on what mode they play in, they try to escape the monsters.

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Students may have say on teachers’ pay

University teachers were angry yesterday when they heard that the Prices and Incomes Board had recommended that students should share in deciding how much they are paid.

The Secretary for Education, Mr Edward Short, said the Government was deferring for further consideration novel proposals by the board for discretionary payments to teachers which would rely in part on students’ assessment of their merits.

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Home-school families face potential investigation over ‘radicalisation risk’

Families who home-school their children could come under investigation over fears the practice is used as a means of radicalisation, the government has confirmed.

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has reportedly decided to look into those educated by their parents after pledging to clamp down on madrasas teaching antisemitic beliefs.

Exact figures for the number of children who are home-schooled are unknown but the Independent on Sunday said there were estimated to be between 20,000 and 50,000 such pupils.

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