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ENA: The elite French school that trains presidents

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ENA in Strasbourg is an incubator for France's top talent For France's intellectual crème de la crème a place at the elite Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) is coveted above all others.The school has long selected and trained leaders, including former presidents François Hollande and Jacques Chirac, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and foreign presidents.Many try repeatedly to pass ENA's notoriously tough entrance exams, so
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Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

[ad_1] Many teachers are experiencing violence and abuse from pupils, a survey of teachers suggests.Nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers say they face violence once a week, the poll of nearly 5,000 members of the NASUWT teachers' union finds.Four in 10 (42%) have been threatened verbally. "Verbal abuse is now part of the daily working landscape for a primary teacher," one teacher said. The Department for Education said such violence
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Teachers ‘paying for resources out of own money’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images One in five teachers is using their own money to buy classroom resources once a week, a survey by the NASUWT suggests. And 45% of the 4,386 members of the teachers' union surveyed said they had bought essentials such as food or clothing for pupils in the last year.The survey comes as about 7,000 head teachers in England wrote to parents before the Easter holidays
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Warning over pupils moving between schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There are warnings that some of the 55,000 "unexplained" moves by pupils between schools in England over five years, could include schools wanting to remove difficult children.The Education Policy Institute has looked at cases where pupils have changed school without moving home.Almost a quarter of these moves have taken place in 330 secondary schools.David Laws, chairman of the think tank, said it raised concerns "whether
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UK universities face ‘gagging order’ criticism

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnahid Kassabian felt bullied out of her job after she was diagnosed with cancerUK universities are being accused of using "gagging orders" to stop bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct allegations becoming public.Dozens of academics have told BBC News they were "harassed" out of their jobs and made to sign non-disclosure agreements after making complaints. Figures obtained by the BBC show UK
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Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

[ad_1] Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early 2020. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond's announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges. Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, called the latest move "fantastic news". Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "No-one should be held back from reaching their potential". Free sanitary products for
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The ‘untold misery’ of special needs shortfalls

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Large funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are causing "untold misery" for thousands of families, a teaching union says.National Education Union analysis found spending was not keeping pace with rapidly increasing demand in nearly all (93%) of England's local councils.It said between 2015 and 2018, the number of special needs care plans grew 33%, while funding rose only 6%.The government says it is
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Abuse of teachers leading to ‘millions’ in compensation

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK teachers were awarded millions of pounds in compensation from schools last year after suffering "appalling treatment", a union has claimed.The NASUWT teachers' union said its members had received £14.9m over the past 12 months as a result of attacks, injuries and discrimination at work.One teacher received £10,000 after being racially abused more than a dozen times in 18 months, the NASUWT said.The Department for
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Bounty pregnancy club fined £400,000 over data handling

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Pregnancy club Bounty UK has been given a £400,000 fine for illegally sharing the personal information of more than 14 million people.The fine was issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in what it said was an "unprecedented" case.Bounty compiled personal data but did not tell people that it was shared with 39 other organisations, said the ICO.Bounty said it "acknowledged" the ICO's findings and
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Unregistered schools given council funding

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, Ofsted is warning.England's education watchdog has called for tougher rules on tackling illegal "schools" with risks of poor conditions and a lack of safeguarding.Inspectors suggest 6,000 children are taught in such unregulated settings.But the watchdog said councils were subsidising these unregistered alternatives to school, paying up to £27,000 a year