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Changing History: Cleo Snake Death Debunked?

Changing History: Cleo Snake Death Debunked?

Most of us learned about the fascinating history of the Egyptians when we were at school. Obviously we don't know everything there is to know about the Pharaohs and pyramids, but i ...

Panic Over: PM says Free School Meals Won’t be Cut

Panic Over: PM says Free School Meals Won’t be Cut

Over the past couple of week, you might have heard something about free school meals and how the government plans to cut them in the next spending review, in November. This would m ...

English Schools to Offer Lessons on Human Rights

English Schools to Offer Lessons on Human Rights

A human rights programme that is currently being taught to more than a million students in the US and around the world has been brought to schools in England. The programme, Speak ...

Facebook Partners up to Develop Education System

Facebook Partners up to Develop Education System

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been openly expressing his interest in education since he donated $100 million (£65.5 million) to the Newark school since in New Jersey. Last year, ...

LeBron James ‘Promises’ 2,000+ College Scholarships

LeBron James ‘Promises’ 2,000+ College Scholarships

For those of you who don't know, LeBron James is a basketball star who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the US. He is known around the world for his skills on the court - and a ...

Barber Cuts Kids’ Hair for Free as They Read to Him

Barber Cuts Kids’ Hair for Free as They Read to Him

If you can encourage kids to read, then you're all right by us. And with children all over the world getting ready to go back to school, Courtney Holmes in Dubuque in Iowa has come ...

World Donates Books to Boy with Love of Reading

World Donates Books to Boy with Love of Reading

A true love of reading is not all that common, so when you recognise it in someone - especially a child - you should nurture it and help it grow. Ron Lynch, a postman from Sandy, U ...

Dedicated Teacher Returns 20-Year-Old Letters Students Wrote to Themselves

Most of us have a favourite teacher from school - the one who pushed us, the one who inspired us, the one who believed in us, the one who let us get away with anything… But it would be a rare thing indeed if we were able to say that teacher was still inspiring us 20 years on. But the former students of Bruce Farrer from Saskatchewan in Canada can make such wild claims after receiving letters they wrote to t ...

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Scheme to Help More Pupils Pursue After-School Activities

Thanks to a new offshoot scheme called Pupil Offer, pupils from poorer backgrounds that attend one of the 40 schools involved will be able to get the help they need to pursue after-school interests. Pupil Offer is the latest feature of an existing programme called Schools Challenge Cymru that we told you about back in February. Schools Challenge Cymru aims to help 40 of the worst struggling schools in Wales ...

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Young Carers’ Lives Put into Game to Raise Awareness

Working with some charities, young carers in Wales have come up with a way of raising awareness of the types of lives they have to live every day - in the form of a board game. The game, funded by a Millennium Trust grant, aims to bring the day-to-day issues that young carers face to the attention of other young people who don’t have the same kind of responsibilities. The concepts for two games were thought ...

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‘The Doctor and the Dalek’: Coding for Kids

Today marks the launch of the Doctor sharing some of his vast knowledge with six to 12-year-olds through the medium of gaming. He’ll be doing this through a new game from the BBC, called The Doctor and the Dalek. As part of the BBC’s drive to develop the UK’s coding ability over the next year, Make it Digital, the game aims to introduce children to coding and programming and improve their computer skills. T ...

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Application for Video-Game Based Free School

Ian Livingstone, one of the great minds behind such huge franchises as War Hammer and Tomb Raider, has submitted an application to open a free school in which the lessons would be built around video gaming. The Department for Education (DfE) application has been backed by several trustees for Mr Livingstone. These include former headteacher and Independent Schools Council Chairman Barnaby Lenon; Marion Gibb ...

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How to Get Children to Eat Fruit & Veg

It is a problem that most parents can relate to: how to get children to eat fruit and vegetables. But a new study from the Universities of Bath, Edinburgh and Essex suggests that all it takes is to appeal to the child’s competitive side. There were 31 schools across England involved in the study, in which researchers monitored how much fruit and veg children in Year Two (six- to seven-year-olds) and Year Fi ...

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More Children Passing Y1 Phonics Test

New government figures from the Department for Education (DfE) have shown that more five- and six-year-old children in Year One in England are meeting the expected standard in the phonics test. The test requires pupils to spell out a combination of real words and “non-words” that allow the child to blend common sounds together to form longer words. This method has been shown to help the majority of children ...

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Creative Industries to Get Skills Boost

The creative sector is worth around £71 billion per year in the UK, but companies have said that they find it hard to recruit employees who are proficient and up to speed with the latest technologies. To tackle this issue, the Minister for Culture and Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has announced that the government and several creative industries have pledged cash to help fill the skills gap. This will be done t ...

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M&S Launches Online Business Course

Retailer Marks and Spencer is entering into the realm of online education, joining up with the University of Leeds to launch a free course on business innovation. The Mooc (massive open online course) will look at some of the innovative business ideas that have been relevant to M&S over the years, drawing from the company’s archive. The M&S archive, which has been held on the Leeds University campus ...

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The Travelling Teacher

A geography teacher and deputy head at North Cestrian Grammar School in Cheshire is showing everyone how it is done by turning his spare time into material for his lessons. Matthew Bell has a passion for travelling that he has put to good use in the classroom and is also inspiring his students to follow in his footsteps. During the six-week-long summer holidays, Matthew travels to different countries to bro ...

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