Education

School curriculum overhaul for Wales published

Image caption Penny Pearson’s pupils are learning creative writing, art and music The final version of the new curriculum for Wales has been published, as schools prepare for a complete overhaul of how children are taught. It follows a consultation in 2019 on the complete reform of the system for the first time in more […]

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Wales smacking ban: Your questions answered

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) Bill is likely to pass with the support of Labour and Plaid Cymru Assembly Members Wales is voting to ban people from smacking their children – but what will it mean for parents and guardians? The defence of “reasonable punishment” in cases […]

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Boarding schools warn against virus ‘xenophobia’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Boarding schools are telling parents to reconsider half-term travel to China and Hong Kong Boarding schools in the UK have been warned to “stay alert for any signs of xenophobia” as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Boarding Schools’ Association has told schools to watch out for prejudiced reactions […]

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Middlesbrough children’s services ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Middlesbrough Borough CouncilImage caption Middlesbrough’s children’s services have “serious and widespread failures” Middlesbrough Council children’s services provision is “inadequate”, a government watchdog has found. Ofsted inspectors said the service had “deteriorated” since 2017 and there were “serious and widespread failures”. Children had been left too long in harmful situations, risks were not properly […]

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One in four children ‘has too little sleep’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption About a third of girls have too little sleep, compared with 23% of boys One in four 11 to 15-year-olds in England have too little sleep, a World Health Organization study suggests. The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report questions 3,398 11, 13 and 15-year-olds every four years. And 27% […]