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Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils
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Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils

Cash-strapped schools in England have been forced to cut support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) after nearly a third of headteachers said they were forced to slash their budgets last year, a survey reveals. Nearly all the school leaders polled (97%) said that funding for Send pupils was insufficient, and 95%...

Nearly 45% of A-level entries across UK awarded top grades
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Nearly 45% of A-level entries across UK awarded top grades

Nearly 45% of A-level entries across the UK have been awarded top grades in A-level results, a record-breaking return for students after more than a year of disruption and school closures during the pandemic. The 44.8% in top grades in England, Wales and Northern Ireland matched earlier predictions by university admissions officers but was lower...

School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures
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School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures

School leaders and local authorities have demanded the government explain its decisions over which primary schools should stay open in England, as the opposition accused the education secretary of “serial incompetence” over the patchwork of school closures. Haringey council in north London said on Thursday night that it was advising its primaries to close to...

Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges
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Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges

Schools should be allowed to remain closed for the first two weeks of next term, the UK’s biggest teaching union has said, as a leading scientist warned of early signs that a new Covid strain may infect children “slightly more effectively” than previous variants. The National Education Union (NEU) called for online lessons to replace...

Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures
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Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures

Headteachers have reacted with anger after the government ratcheted up pressure on schools to remain fully open in the run-up to Christmas, threatening legal action against a London council after forcing two others to back down. On Tuesday evening, Islington became the latest to retreat after a letter was sent by the government. It told the Labour-led...