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By satnav
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It looks like Britain's strictest headteacher has made a bit of a blunder. She has released a video saying why schools should be promoting the national anthem etc. The only problem is that one of the quotes she has got painted on the wall at her school attributed to Winston Churchill was actually a quoted used to advertise beer in America. I think the school caretaker might be busy in the morning painting over the quote.
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By Boiler
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satnav wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 10:43 pm It looks like Britain's strictest headteacher has made a bit of a blunder. She has released a video saying why schools should be promoting the national anthem etc. The only problem is that one of the quotes she has got painted on the wall at her school attributed to Winston Churchill was actually a quoted used to advertise beer in America. I think the school caretaker might be busy in the morning painting over the quote.
No, it would seem she's doubling down, as I believe the popular expression to be.

https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2022/0 ... -birb.html
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By Tubby Isaacs
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Brief article by Sam Freedman on the forthcoming school funding formula.

https://www.tes.com/magazine/analysis/g ... its-needed

In passing he mentions this rather shameful fact.
The Education Policy Institute has calculated that, between 2017-18 and 2021-22, the average secondary pupil on free school meals (FSM) saw their allocation increase by 3.5 per cent but a non-FSM pupil got an increase of 5.9 per cent.

So, for example, a grammar school would have seen a much bigger overall increase than the secondary modern down the road.
And if I understand him correctly, the DfE (ie Tory politicians) is trying to increase the basic amount that all areas get while trying to cut the overall cost. That would seem to mean poorer areas will get less.
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By Tubby Isaacs
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Freedman mentions that some (Tory) areas have small rural schools. That's a bit of a bugbear of mine. I can't believe how many small primary schools survived the Osborne cuts, let alone the position we're in now.

My village got a new build primary in 2018. It looks very nice, under 200 pupils. 10 mins drive away, there's another village with a primary with 100 pupils. Both are C of E.

How can that be justified? Never mind the ongoing efficiencies, property round here goes for an absolute fortune.
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By Cyclist
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More penny-pinching coming to an under-funded school near you

The government wants to find another £1 billion of savings in schools and trusts, freeing up funding to “prepare for and manage” rising energy and other costs.

School leaders warned the strategy would not be enough to make up for soaring costs and “inadequate” funding, and said the cost-cutting drive could prove controversial.

But officials say everyone has a “duty” to spend wisely and the strategy was not about reducing spending, with schools able to keep and reinvest savings made.

Schools Week recently reported on the DfE declaring victory on a past similar push for £1 billion of savings. A teaching union dubbed it “shameful” and experts called some savings claims “eyebrow-raising”...

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/school-resour ... cut-costs/
The mind boggles. General Dynamics are having £billions thrown at them for an armoured vehicle which is already more than £3 billion over-budget and five years late. Billions were spent on lining Tory chums pock.... sorry, PPE contracts and track-and-trace, neither of which actually delivered anything meaningful. But yeah, whack those wasteful schools.
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By Cyclist
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This is unacceptable

The country’s largest exam board has been criticised for creating an “avoidable problem” with a geography GCSE question “inaccessible” to colour-blind pupils, even though the board had engaged in talks to improve accessibility.

AQA’s geography paper last month featured a question that included a coloured map and key to explain details required to answer the question.

But teachers and campaigners warn such practice places pupils with a colour vision deficiency (CVD) at a disadvantage.

One in 12 boys and one in 200 girls are believed to have CVD. It affects on average one child in every UK classroom.

Exam boards have access arrangements in place for CVD pupils, but campaigners warn the majority are undiagnosed so do not apply for support.

Kathryn Albany-Ward, founder of Colour Blind Awareness (CBA), said: “All exam papers should be designed to be accessible to colour-blind children as a matter of course”.

The charity estimates around 11,700 geography pupils sitting GCSE and A-levels this year could be colour-blind...

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/aqa-geography ... nd-pupils/
A serious accessibility fail which leaves AQA open to prosecution.

Ofqual, the exams regulator, told Schools Week it had discussed concerns regarding the question with AQA. However, it would not reveal the nature of the discussion.

AQA have previous...

In 2017, Schools Week reported that exam papers produced by Edexcel, AQA and OCR featured questions which relied on colours to explain details.
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