Cartoon that sparked protests at Yorkshire school shown to pupils a ‘week before row’

A cartoon of Prophet Muhammad that sparked furious protests at a Yorkshire school was shown to pupils a ‘week before row by another member of staff’, a parent has claimed.   The picture, believed to be one from French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was, according to The Times, shown by another teacher a week before the … Read more

Pupils who staged protest over ‘racist’ Union Flag need to be taught about its history, say MPs 

Protesting pupils’ list of demands presented to the head – and what he has already agreed to A statement purporting to be from the pupil protesters breaks down their ‘demands’.  An extract from this document is shown below, with changes that headteacher Daniel Smith has agreed to marked by an asterisk and italics.  DISCRIMINATION   We … Read more

Independent inquiry into how pupils were shown Prophet Muhammad cartoons

Independent inquiry into ‘context’ of how Batley Grammar School pupils were shown Prophet Muhammad cartoons in’blasphemy’ lesson will be held after Muslim parents’ protests Furious protesters including Muslim parents rallied outside the school gates  The teacher has been suspended and gone into hiding for fear of his own safety Batley Multi Academy Trust said today an … Read more

Now primary pupils tell of sexual assault: Allegations of abuse involve children as young as five

Primary schools are the latest to become embroiled in the ‘rape culture’ storm after former pupils posted claims of sexual assaults. The website on which thousands of older children have reported harassment and abuse now has allegations involving pupils as young as five. The 11,000-plus claims on Everyone’s Invited include one alleged assault by a … Read more

Headteacher brands petition to allow female pupils to wear trousers ‘unacceptable behaviour’

Headteacher of a grammar school for girls brands petition for female pupils to wear trousers as part of school uniform ‘unacceptable behaviour’ Pupils of Wirral Grammar School for Girls launched petition to change uniform  Headteacher Elaine Cogan branded the online petition ‘unacceptable behaviour’ Asked for the support of parents adding ‘this is not how change … Read more

Over 200,000 pupils self-isolating from Covid after schools reopened, new figures show 

More than 200,000 pupils are self-isolating at home because they have Covid or have been in contact with positive cases after schools reopened, new figures show Secondary school attendance has risen to 91 per cent since schools reopened But up to 201,000 pupils aren’t in classrooms because of Covid-19 concerns  The figures – up from … Read more

Audit shows how school closures during Covid lockdowns left poorer pupils struggling to cope 

The devastating impact of lockdowns on disadvantaged children is laid bare today in research showing they were twice as likely to struggle with home schooling. In the week of the anniversary of the first Covid school closures, the figures show one in five poorer pupils did not cope and many spent some days doing no work … Read more

Teacher banned for blog about his pupils saying girls ‘look like Eastern European prostitutes’

A teacher has been struck off for at least two years for writing a gossip blog about his school – describing girls as dressing like ‘Eastern European prostitutes and Kardashian clones’. Alexander Price, 43, was found guilty of breaching professional conduct for his anonymous diary about daily life at his failing high school. A misconduct … Read more

Pupils and staff are evacuated from school after ‘huge explosion’

‘Huge explosion’ at secondary school sparks blaze and sends massive pillar of smoke billowing into the sky as pupils and staff are evacuated By Jack Wright For Mailonline Published: 14:30 GMT, 22 March 2021 | Updated: 14:45 GMT, 22 March 2021 Pupils and staff were today evacuated from a secondary school in Aberdeen after a … Read more

Grades farce as pupils can see questions in advance

Grades farce as pupils can see questions in advance: Exams regulator is branded ‘a joke’ after agreeing to make questions and marking schemes available online Students to access mini-assessments that teachers can use to help grade them Officials insist evaluations should be viewed more like coursework than exams It comes as ministers warned against ‘punishing’ … Read more