School of rock

As concerns about music education provisions continue we take a look at why music is instrumental in helping pupils develop. Ask a group of adults to list their regrets and you can bet that at least one of them will cite not learning an instrument. Giving up those piano lessons because ...

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A different league

With a new system in place for rating schools, we take a look at how parents should interpret league tables and find how you should really go about finding the right school. Christine Toner reports. This month, thousands of pupils will have started senior schools up and down the country. Impeccably dressed ...

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Come on in, the water’s fine!

Did you know that swimming can help you to maintain a healthy heart and lungs? Or that it can actually improve your mental well-being by providing space to relax and switch off? Indeed, according to Bupa, swimming can reduce anxiety and stress, release endorphins in your body (the natural feel-good ...

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Safeguarding Children

How do we effectively safeguard and protect our children? This is a core question for all schools and society as a whole. For Phil Cooper, senior officer at School Improvement Liverpool, it’s one that he contemplates daily as he regularly supports schools across the city in their work to safeguard and ...

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Present and correct

It’s widely accepted that better attendance results in better attainment but are employers doing enough to support this? Christine Toner reports It seems an obvious statement to make. Good attendance leads to greater academic success. Indeed, a child can’t expect to learn something if they’re not there. It’s the reason why attendance ...

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