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NEWS

This is the final posting of the school year. I’m heading off to do some reading, thinking and finding an answer to the question, ‘What does  Christians in Education need to do next?’ Have a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

To the affluent commuters passing by, Vishnitz Girls School looks like any other well-maintained North London townhouse. Were it not for a glimpse of white-shirted backs hunched over desks in the front room, you would not even suspect it was a school. But it is currently under attack from a force which wants to see it, and other faith schools like it, conform to a different ideology or be summarily closed down. Read more

The Ofsted ratings of more than 700 schools have been wiped clean after becoming an academy or rebrokering, a Schools Week analysis reveals. There are hundreds of thousands of pupils in these sponsored academies, many of which were categorised as underperforming by the education watchdog before having their Ofsted grades removed. Read more

Bringing drag queens into Scotland’s primary schools for story hours with pupils could be an ideal way to challenge gender stereotypes, the head of a leading Scottish inclusion group has said. Drag Queen Story Hour, an initiative gathering momentum in the US is coming to Britain with schemes being developed in Birmingham and Bristol. Read more

Tens of thousands of pupils, families and teachers could be affected if judges decide a Birmingham Islamic school illegally discriminated against pupils by separating girls and boys from the age of nine, a court has heard. Lawyers for the Al-Hijrah school, a state-funded Islamic school, argued mixed-sex schools across the country that practise gender segregation could face upheaval and uncertainty if they were forced to change the way they operate following a legal appeal by Ofsted. Read more

 

VIEWS

This is the final posting of the school year. I’m heading off to do some reading, thinking and finding an answer to the question, ‘What does  Christians in Education need to do next?’ Have a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

Christians could be victims of a crackdown on Islamism as the government pledges a Commission for Countering Extremism which would identify and expose extremist practices and organise the defence of British values. Sadly, it is not really the slap of firm government. Rather, it represents an unwelcome continuation of the imprecise and shiftily disingenuous Counter-Extremism Strategy May delivered back in 2015. Read more

Can the battle against fake news be won in the classroom? If we give all of our young people a systematic grounding in the accumulated knowledge of mankind, when they’re exposed to something new they have important reference points to figure out if it’s nonsense or not. Of course this doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be seduced by evil ideologies or taken in by likely sounding scams, but it is much less likely to happen. Read more

A girls’ school is banning wearable activity trackers and smart watches because of concerns that pupils are skipping lunch if they fail to meet their calorie and exercise targets. Teachers at Stroud high school in Gloucestershire fear the gadgets are exacerbating some girls’ worries about their body image. Read more

The new chair of the education select committee has pledged to prioritise evidence from pupils and teachers instead of relying solely on ‘experts in quotation marks’ and ‘people from very important think-tanks’. Robert Halfon, the former skills minister who narrowly beat Nick Boles to lead the committee in a vote of MPs earlier this week, told Schools Week that he is interested in hearing from ‘people actually working in the field’ when the committee’s work gets underway. Read more

 

KNOWLEDGE

This is the final posting of the school year. I’m heading off to do some reading, thinking and finding an answer to the question, ‘What does  Christians in Education need to do next?’ Have a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

Schools in England will take part in a pilot of tablet-based tests for five-year-olds, the Department for Education has announced. This study will provide valuable insights into how five-year-olds develop and results will be used to map pupils’ early capabilities to their education performance at age 15 through the international PISA tables. Read more

Record numbers of teachers are being banned from the classroom for sexual misconduct, The Independent can reveal. A third of teachers struck off last year were involved in sex-related cases, and in the highest numbers for three years. More were banned for sexual misconduct last year alone, than were forced out of the profession because of alcohol, drugs or violence in total during the last five years. Read more

The number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years, figures show. Experts have warned that the huge spike is, in part, due to the promotion of transgender issues in schools which they say has encouraged children to question their identity, and ‘sowed confusion’ in their minds. Figures from the NHS’s only facility for transgender children show that 84 children aged between 3 and 7 were referred last year, compared to 20 in 2012/13. Read more

The vast majority of bullies prefer the old tried and trusted methods of hurting their victims to causing pain online, say researchers. Results of the survey show that less than 1% of 15-year-olds in England regularly experienced cyberbullying on its own. Nine out of 10 teenagers who were bullied online were also subjected to traditional bullying, the study found. Read more