Pullman's plea to save lots of faculty libraries

Pullman's plea to save school libraries Kids’s authors equivalent to Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman are calling for a halt to the “surprising decline” in England’s faculty libraries. They, together with 148 others, wrote to Training Secretary Justine Greening, asking her to sign her perception within the “worth of literacy” for studying. She is being urged to arrange a nationwide service and to safeguard the positions of certified librarians in

Price range: Heads say additional maths money is 'drop in ocean'

Budget: Heads say extra maths cash is 'drop in ocean' Head academics’ leaders are “extraordinarily disillusioned” by what they are saying is the Budget’s failure to handle “pressing” college funding shortages in England. Geoff Barton, chief of the ASCL heads’ union, stated additional money for maths was a “drop within the ocean” and colleges would nonetheless face real-terms cuts. Maths A-level will likely be inspired, with £600 for colleges for

Automated checkouts 'depressing' for aged consumers

Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers Automated checkout machines postpone a few quarter of older folks from going purchasing, a survey from a housing charity for the aged suggests. They’ll discover the automated checkouts “intimidating” and “unfriendly,” in line with the charity, Anchor. With out somebody to speak to on the tills, purchasing could be a “depressing expertise,” a spokesman mentioned. The British Retail Consortium mentioned it was essential for

Errors in advantages claims may value as much as £500m

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m Media playback is unsupported in your system Errors in paying out advantages claims may value as much as £500m to place proper, the BBC has discovered. The errors recognized by the Division for Work and Pensions have an effect on the primary illness profit, the Employment and Help Allowance (ESA). The BBC understands that assessors wrongly calculated the revenue of round

Eviction menace over complaints about crying child

Eviction threat over complaints about crying baby A household renting in London have been threatened with eviction after complaints that their child was crying. They had been warned by the administration agency that if the noise went on they could possibly be given “two weeks’ discover to vacate”. The dad and mom, with a 15-month-old daughter and a three-year-old son, say it’s “horrible discrimination” towards households renting with youngsters. The

St Olave's Grammar Faculty row head resigns

St Olave's Grammar School row head resigns The pinnacle of a grammar faculty on the centre of a row about pupils being compelled to go away earlier than their A-levels has resigned. Aydin Önaç, headmaster of St Olave’s Grammar Faculty in Orpington, south-east London, will depart his publish at Christmas, a letter to oldsters stated. Mr Önaç was suspended by the varsity’s governing physique final month. Mother and father started

College counsellors wanted to deal with self-harm 'epidemic', minister informed

School counsellors needed to tackle self-harm 'epidemic', minister told All younger folks within the UK ought to have entry to highschool counsellors to deal with an “epidemic” in self-harm, the federal government has been been informed. Baroness Walmsley mentioned the issue was worse amongst younger girls and women. However as a substitute of hiring extra counsellors, who might provide free and non-judgemental assist, faculties had been having to sack them

Flagship tax-free childcare scheme delayed

Flagship tax-free childcare scheme delayed Plans for the total rollout of tax-free childcare within the UK have been delayed till March 2018 – 5 years after it was first introduced. It comes after mother and father grappled with technical difficulties on the official website, launched in April, they should use to entry the scheme. In a written assertion, ministers mentioned they might be staggering purposes by age of kid between

Common credit score: Youngsters's commissioner requires pause

Universal credit: Children's commissioner calls for pause The rollout of common credit score to households with youngsters needs to be paused, the youngsters’s commissioner for England has advised MPs. Anne Longfield advised the Training Choose Committee there was proof households with youngsters had been being hit onerous by the welfare adjustments. The affect of common credit score had not been examined on households with youngsters, mentioned Ms Longfield. The federal

Pupil loans fraud uncovered by Panorama

Student loans fraud exposed by Panorama The chairwoman of Parliament’s spending watchdog needs a police probe after the BBC’s Panorama uncovered proof of fraud within the scholar mortgage system. One training agent was secretly filmed providing to get bogus college students admitted right into a government-approved personal faculty for a £200 payment. This was to permit the bogus college students to fraudulently declare scholar loans. Then for £1,500 a yr,