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Rate of pupils leaving school doubles

Rate of pupils leaving school doubles

More from this theme Recent articles The rate at which children left the classroom for home education doubled last year, with big increases in some of the country’s most deprived areas, a Schools Week investigation suggests. And while home education was previously seen primarily as a lifestyle choice, parents are now increasingly withdrawing their children because they feel the school system has failed them. Analysis of freedom of information data from around two thirds of councils suggests around 140,000 pupils nationally were home educated at some point in 2022-23, a rise of 12 per cent on the 125,000 the year before. This is double the 6 per cent rise from 2020-21 to 2021-22. The number of children now in home education is 80 per cent higher than in pre-pandemic 2018-19. Heather Sandy, who chairs the education policy committee of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said councils were “now seeing more children who are less engaged with an education system which does not meet the needs of all learners”. “This is evidenced by the …

3 weeks’ jail for maid who slapped, kicked 8-year-old special needs boy, as he was slow getting ready for school

3 weeks’ jail for maid who slapped, kicked 8-year-old special needs boy, as he was slow getting ready for school

SINGAPORE: Feeling frustrated at her employer’s son with special needs for being slow in getting ready for school, a domestic helper dragged, slapped and kicked the eight-year-old boy.  Sakinah, a 25-year-old Indonesian national, was sentenced to three weeks’ jail on Wednesday (Feb 21) after pleading guilty to one charge of voluntarily causing hurt to the boy.  The boy’s name and location of the offence cannot be published under a court order protecting the victim’s identity.  WHAT HAPPENED  Sakinah had worked as a domestic helper for the employer since June 2023, taking care of her employer’s four children and doing household chores. Her employer had told her that the victim, who had been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, had special needs and needed special attention.  Three of the children, including the eight-year-old boy, would be picked up on weekdays by their school bus at around 6.20am. Sakinah was responsible for getting them ready for school and taking them to board the school bus.  On Jan 31, 2024, around 6.15am, Sakinah asked the victim and his two siblings …

The 6 Things NEVER To Do When Flying With Kids

The 6 Things NEVER To Do When Flying With Kids

Travelling with kids can be overwhelming and chaotic. Even as adults we find flying tiring. It’s the stress of missing your flight, the check-in queue and worrying about whether your luggage is over the weight threshold. Adding kids to the mix might really tip you over the edge — unless you’re well prepared. This February, many families are preparing to make trips abroad during the half-term – and with young children, this of course doesn’t come stress-free. Travel company eShores has partnered up with The Yorkshire Dad, a UK dad blogger to reveal what NOT to do when you’re travelling with your little ones. 1. The first pointer is — don’t assume you have to queue up where the majority of people are queuing or where most people are parking. Most airports have options to help out families – you just need to be aware of them! Research the airport you’re flying from to see whether they have family-friendly parking bays. These are often larger and located next to the bus stop for the terminal …

New legal duty on school staff to report issue

New legal duty on school staff to report issue

More from this theme Recent articles Teachers will be legally required to report child sexual abuse if they know about it – or face sanctions such as being banned from the profession. The new requirement will make mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse apply to anyone working in regulated activity relating to children in England – which suggests it would apply to all school staff. However a list has not yet been published.  Under the plans, those who fail to do so will be barred from working with young people. Any staff intentionally blocking reporting could go to prison for seven years. The Home Office confirmed the changes today. They will be introduced as amendments at report stage of the Criminal Justice Bill in the House of Commons and will apply in England and Wales. The Home Office could not say when exactly the changes would be introduced, only that it would happen “shortly”. It comes after the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse recommended the government make it a legal requirement for certain people …

Measles Strikes a Florida Elementary School With Over 100 Unvaccinated Kids

Measles Strikes a Florida Elementary School With Over 100 Unvaccinated Kids

Florida health officials on Sunday announced an investigation into a cluster of measles cases at an elementary school in the Fort Lauderdale area with a low vaccination rate, a scenario health experts fear will become more and more common amid slipping vaccination rates nationwide. On Friday, Broward County Public School reported a confirmed case of measles in a student at Manatee Bay Elementary School in the city of Weston. A local CBS affiliate reported that the case was in a third-grade student who had not recently traveled. On Saturday, the school system announced that three additional cases at the same school had been reported, bringing the current reported total to four cases. On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) released a health advisory about the cases and announced it was opening an investigation to track contacts at risk of infection. At Manatee Bay Elementary School, the number of children at risk could be over 100 students. According to a Broward County vaccine study reported by the local CBS outlet, only 89.31 …

Everything you need to know about King Charles’ education – where he went to school and university

Everything you need to know about King Charles’ education – where he went to school and university

Eyes are currently on where Prince George may choose to study in the future, with his parents reportedly visiting a school in Oxford over the weekend, which has gotten us thinking about the education of other members of the royal family. King Charles broke the mould when the young royal started his education, with the future monarch becoming the first heir apparent to be educated at a school as opposed to from a private tutor, like the late Queen Elizabeth was. © KeystoneCharles was the first royal to attend school The King’s educational path saw him follow in the footsteps of his father, the late Prince Philip, as he attended two of the schools that the late Duke of Edinburgh did, however, he reportedly had a much different experience than his father. Charles also broke with tradition when it came to his university degree, with the royal heading straight into university instead of spending time in the military. Curious about King Charles’ education? Then read on to find out all you need to know… School Charles’ first …

Real reason Kate Middleton is thinking of sending Prince George to St Edward’s boarding school in Oxford – exclusive

Real reason Kate Middleton is thinking of sending Prince George to St Edward’s boarding school in Oxford – exclusive

If you can’t get enough of the royals, did you know that we launched The HELLO! Royal Club on Substack last year?  Every week, we share two newsletters plus a roster of other posts for our free and paid subscribers. So if you want to keep up with all the latest royal news and get access to exclusive paywalled content, join the club.  Here’s an extract from today’s post all about Prince George’s potential new school, or head to The Royal Club to read it in full as a paid subscriber.  Relive the royal children’s first day of school at Lambrook: Prince George is still a few years away from changing schools. He’s currently enjoying his time at Lambrook, which caters for pupils up to the age of 13.  But the million-dollar question on many royal watchers’ lips – when it comes to Prince William and Princess Kate’s children – is what school will the Waleses send their eldest son George, the future King, to. The most recent report in the papers claimed that William …

Learning music the informal way some popular musicians do could inspire more school students

Learning music the informal way some popular musicians do could inspire more school students

Music is a school subject facing difficult times. In England, fewer students are taking the subject at GCSE, not enough people are training to become secondary music teachers, and the subject is suffering from a lack of funding. One problem may be that the way music is taught in school has become increasingly formal. The current music national curriculum, introduced in 2014, includes using staff notation, learning music history, and listening to the music of “great composers and musicians”. This was a shift in comparison to the previous, more child-centred national curriculum. Wider education policy on how future teachers should be trained places emphasis on teacher control and well-structured lessons – again, perpetuating more formal, traditional approaches. But this isn’t how many popular musicians – the artists students may be listening to on their way into school – learn how to play music. Their approach is often more informal. Many learn to play by ear, hearing a piece of music and figuring it out on an instrument. Bringing this approach into the classroom to a …

God is on the Move: The Holy Spirit poured out at US Party School, and Hundreds Spontaneously Baptized

God is on the Move: The Holy Spirit poured out at US Party School, and Hundreds Spontaneously Baptized

Hundreds of students were water baptized at Florida State University’s Westcott Fountain after a Praise and worship event at the University on Feb. 15, 2024.Photo: Florida State University’s Westcott Fountain Credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain I am not sure what is going on, but over the past couple of years, there have been outbreaks of the Holy Spirit at universities, and meetings across the US. I believe something is building, God is on the move. The most recent involves Florida State University (FSU). With a student population of 45,000, the university has the reputation of being a party school. According to the website Niche, FSU is ranked as the second-biggest party university in the US, based on reviews by students. However, in a recent Instagram Post, NY Times best-selling author, Jennie Allen, reported that hundreds of students were baptized in the school’s Westcott Fountain after 4,500 students attended a free worship event on Feb. 15, 2024, CBN reports. “Hundreds of students came forward to trust Jesus. We can’t explain what’s happening apart from the Spirit,” writes …

I’m A Child Psychotherapist – Here’s Why I’d Never Lie To My Kids

I’m A Child Psychotherapist – Here’s Why I’d Never Lie To My Kids

It’s completely natural for parents and carers to want to protect their children from difficult situations, like grief, divorce and separation, or tough current events. As a result, they often sugar-coat the truth, lie, or embellish the reality for their little people. However, leading family psychologist Fiona Yassin, explains that when parents are dishonest – even with the best intentions – the impact on the child can be damaging. Fiona, founder and clinical director of The Wave Clinic, said: “As parents we want to guard our children from difficult situations, but sugar-coating the truth can be dangerous. When a parent is dishonest to their child, it erodes trust in the relationship and may also distort the child’s moral compass. Age-appropriate honesty* is always the best policy with children.” Why is it so important to be honest with children? Fiona explains that sugar-coating a difficult situation usually backfires because the ‘little professor’ in a child will eventually uncover the facts, which can make for a bigger overall problem to manage. “Not only does lying to a …