Smacking children should not be banned, says Nadhim Zahawi

“I absolutely abhor, and I’m against, violence of any kind against children,” she told Times Radio. Because children are more vulnerable than adults, I think we do need to ensure that their rights are supported.” The “smacking ban” was brought... Read more

Teachers dwarfed as pupils become taller and heavier

Teachers have claimed that going to work is “like walking into the land of the giants” because their pupils are now so tall and heavy. The weight of 14-year-old-male students has ballooned from an average of 5st 10lb in 1970... Read more

Teacher assaulted by pupil in science lesson wins record £850,000 payout

A teacher was awarded a record £850,000 payout after being punched and kicked by a pupil during a science lesson at a London academy. The NASUWT teaching union revealed the payout as part of its released figures for compensation awarded... Read more

Schools should teach children about porn, NEU conference hears

They cited a 2021 Ofsted report which found that 90 per cent of girls and 50 per cent of boys had reported that either they or their peers had been sent explicit pictures they did not wish to see “a... Read more

Private school pupils ‘no happier’ than children in state education

Pupils who attend private schools are no happier than ones who attend state institutions, according to a study. Research published on Thursday by University College London (UCL) showed little difference in life satisfaction and mental health for young people after... Read more

British culture doesn’t need ‘fixing’ by American ideology

The Americanisation of British culture is, sadly, nothing new. But teens are no longer simply finishing sentences with a rising inflection after hours of watching Friends; the importation of America’s culture wars is now having a notable effect on the... Read more

Ban on councils setting up school academy trusts set to be scrapped

Ministers are to reintroduce a pledge for all schools to become academies by the end of the decade, by reversing its ban on councils participating in the scheme. Unveiling his education White Paper on Monday, Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary,... Read more

Grammar schools to be protected in shake-up of education system

Grammar schools are to be protected in a new White Paper, The Telegraph has learned, as MPs call for selective school pilots in Red Wall seats. It came after the Government announced that several areas in the north of England... Read more

Multi-academy trusts pay record number of staff more than £100,000 a year

A record number of multi-academy trusts are paying staff more than £100,000 – an increase of 20 per cent in a year. While 1,875 trusts were paying at least one individual this much in 2019/20, this rose to 2,245 in... Read more

Political impartiality complaints in schools should be treated ‘seriously’, Education Secretary says

Political impartiality in schools is a “complaint I’m hearing more and more”, the Education Secretary has said as he urged headteachers to take the issue seriously. Nadhim Zahawi told the Conservative party conference that “none of us want to stop... Read more

Ampleforth College brings in sniffer dogs to stop repeat of alcohol-fuelled graduation party

An alcohol-fuelled graduation party at Ampleforth College led to sniffer dogs and thermal imaging being introduced at the school to prevent a repeat, Ofsted inspectors have found. The schools watchdog said it was contacted by whistleblowers who were worried that... Read more

School history curriculum to be rewritten in wake of controversial race report

The school history curriculum will be rewritten in the wake of a controversial race report which said pupils should be taught that slavery was not just about “profit and suffering”. Last year, Dr Tony Sewell – founder of Generating Genius,... Read more

Stop making unconditional offers to students with strings attached, universities told

Universities have been told to stop making “conditional unconditional” offers and prevent students making choices that are not “in their best interests”. Universities UK, the body which represents Britain’s higher education institutions, published its code of practice on fair admissions... Read more

Headteachers ‘care more about protecting school’s reputation’ than child sex abuse victims

Headteachers are too often more concerned with protecting the reputation of their schools than protecting children from sexual abuse, a report into “shocking” exploitation at residential schools has concluded. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse examined allegations of “horrific”... Read more

Teaching grammar to primary school children does not improve their writing, study claims

Dominic Wyse, the study’s lead author and professor of early childhood and primary development at UCL, said: “The lack of impact of grammar teaching on pupils’ narrative writing raises questions about the extensive grammar specifications that are part of England’s... Read more

Headteachers ‘care more about protecting school’s reputation’ than child sex abuse victims

Headteachers are too often more concerned with protecting the reputation of their schools than protecting children from sexual abuse, a report into “shocking” exploitation at residential schools has concluded. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse examined allegations of “horrific”... Read more

Girls’ school music teacher sacked after 33 years for ‘inappropriate emails’ to students

An assistant music director at an all girls private school was sacked after 33 years of teaching for putting kisses on her “overly affectionate” emails to students, a tribunal heard. Jo Nicholls was fired from the £20,00-a-year Putney High School... Read more

GCSE English exams ‘uphold whiteness’, teachers told in national body’s seminar

GCSE English exams “uphold whiteness” and award students for saying “white is beautiful”, teachers have been told in a national body’s seminar. All English teachers were invited to attend the session on “the lack of diversity in English teaching” last... Read more

No student loan for pupils who fail GCSE maths or English

Pupils who fail their maths and English GCSEs will be banned from taking out student loans under new government plans. Ministers will publish a series of new proposals this week, including the return of student number controls, aimed at limiting... Read more

New York Times tones down Trojan Horse podcast exploring alleged Islamist plot in Birmingham

The New York Times has quietly re-recorded parts of a “one-sided” podcast about the Trojan Horse affair following complaints, The Telegraph has learned. The series, which is one of the most downloaded podcasts on Apple iTunes and Spotify, promises to... Read more

‘This is long overdue’: Telegraph readers on the shake-up to higher education funding

In what marks the biggest shake-up of higher education funding in a decade, pupils who fail their maths and English GCSEs will be banned from taking out student loans under new government plans to be published this week. The overhaul... Read more

Tell new students how much teaching is done online, universities warned

DfE officials said that Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, is phoning vice-chancellors personally to follow up on reports that they are failing to deliver the in-person learning that students expect. The higher education watchdog has also warned that it would... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury ‘risks mistrial’ of Cambridge college donor memorial case

Meanwhile, a group of Jesus College alumni who opposed the plans told the court that removing the memorial would also be an “empty gesture” that would do nothing to address the real problems of racism and discrimination in the present... Read more

Backlash against classroom crackdown which forbids promoting Black Lives Matter

“The warning lights that the Government is flashing around climate change, racism, world poverty and the legacy of empire as topics of exploration are more likely to decrease students’ engagement with learning than to stimulate it,” Dr Bousted added. Officials... Read more

Classroom impartiality rules will curb pupils’ freedom of speech, warns union

“The warning lights that the Government is flashing around climate change, racism, world poverty and the legacy of empire as topics of exploration are more likely to decrease students’ engagement with learning than to stimulate it,” Dr Bousted added. Officials... Read more