US & World

Santa Fe school shooting: 10 dead and 10 wounded in Texas

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow the Texas school shooting unfoldedTen people have been killed and 10 others injured after a student opened fire at a Texas high school, the state governor said.The attacker, who was arrested and charged with murder, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old pupil at Santa Fe High School.He allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver taken from his father, who
Education

School delay does not help summer-born, study shows

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Delaying a summer-born child's entry to primary school has little impact on attainment, research suggests.Children born in England between April and August, whose start in Reception was put back a year, did only marginally better in Year 1 tests, according to a government study.The number of applications to councils for delayed entry has risen sharply.Head teachers' unions want clearer guidance on whether delayed school entry
Technology

Sharing of school pupils’ data put on hold

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The national pupil database compiles data from school censuses The government has halted researchers and others from accessing personal information about UK schoolchildren, it has emerged.The Department for Education said the step was a temporary move to modify the national pupil database's approval process.But a spokesman was unable to provide further detail.The action comes ahead of the introduction of tougher data privacy rules
Education

Boarding school ‘sorry’ for ‘blacked up’ slave photo

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The Oratory School says it condemns racist imagery and has apologised A boarding school has apologised after a group of boys "blacked up" and dressed as slaves for a photograph.Sixth-formers at the Oratory School in Oxfordshire, wore the make-up and costumes for their leaving pictures, which were published on social media.The pupils were stopped from taking part in an "informal" photo shoot, but took
Education

School pencil cases banned to stop ‘stigma’

[ad_1] Image caption Pauline Johnstone has banned pencil cases at St Wilfrid's Primary School in Blyth A school has banned pencil cases in a bid to stop pupils from poor families being stigmatised.St Wilfrid's Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, said it had taken steps to get rid of any "designer goods".Head teacher Pauline Johnstone said pencil cases have been banned "so there's no comparison on the tables and children are
Education

Primary school children ‘sent to school wearing nappies’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councillor Collette Finnegan said some pupils were sent to school in a nappy on a daily basis Children are being sent to primary school wearing nappies because parents "cannot be bothered" to toilet train them, a community nurse claims.Councillors have been told some parents in Gloucestershire were not "motivated" enough to take care of their children.One ex-primary school head teacher called for parents
UK News

Fining parents ‘has no effect on school absence in Wales’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fines for term-time holidays has not reduced absenteeism Fining parents for taking children out of school in term time in Wales has had no effect on overall absence rates, a review has found.It shows the number of unauthorised family holidays actually increased after fixed penalty notices were introduced in 2013.The review recommends changing the current system.The Welsh Government, which commissioned the report, said
Education

Top brass: Defying budget cuts to save the school band

[ad_1] Music is too often among the first subjects to be cut as schools make ever tougher budget decisions - but one Yorkshire school is determined to keep its award-winning brass band.High above Bradford, in the village of Queensbury, brass is in the blood.Black Dyke Band, one of the world's best known brass bands, was formed here by workers from a local mill 163 years ago and still has its
Education

School day trip visa warning post-Brexit

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British Council is concerned that every pupil might need a visa even for a day trip to France There are calls to make sure Brexit does not mean that school day trips across the Channel are caught up in requirements for visas.The British Council and head teachers' unions have signed an open letter saying that school visits should not be put at