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‘Around the world in 10 days’ for Sustrans wheely big school challenge

Schools across the country are being invited to sign up for The Big Pedal 2017 – a national challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school, backed by double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand. The Big Pedal 2017, which runs from Monday 20 to Friday …

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New drama project to increase primary school children’s engagement in writing

Leeds Beckett University has teamed up with Burley and Woodhead Church of England Primary School in West Yorkshire and Alive and Kicking Theatre Company to investigate creative ways of increasing children’s motivation for writing. Dr Tom Dobson, Principal Lecturer in the Carnegie School of Education and project leader, explained: “National …

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Prospect seeks talks with DfE on school improvement

The Prospect union has written to education secretary Justine Greening requesting a meeting with Department for Education officials to discuss the government’s funding plans and strategy for school improvement. In the letter, national secretary Philippa Childs welcomes the government’s announcement of £50m a year for local authorities to continue to …

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Character education and strong resilient learners top of the agenda

Character education – important for building strong, resilient learners – is once again top of the agenda thanks to Inspiring Learning, winner of Best Residential Experience in this year’s School Travel Awards, who have announced plans to expand its network of award-winning Kingswood outdoor learning centres, designed to help develop …

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New report finds social background has a negative impact on educational choices made by children at the age of 16

Bright children from poorer backgrounds are far less likely to go to university or study A-levels that could get them into top universities than their wealthier counterparts – even if they live in the same neighbourhood and achieve similar results at GCSE. New research by the Social Mobility Commission has …

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