Focus on physical activity

Schools should be inspected for the fitness level of their pupils as much as for their academic achievements, according to the former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio. The 2003 World Cup winner wants Ofsted to look at how physically active pupils are when assessing school performance as part of government efforts ...

The GCSEs shake-up

August 2017 sees the implementation of a new grading system for GCSEs in all schools and colleges. A key goal is to provide more differentiation, particularly among the highest achievers, and among the many students who ‘bunch’ in the middle grades. The new GCSEs will be graded 1 to 9, with ...

The Homework Debate

Should you have more, less or none at all? Homework is given out in more than 90% of primary schools in the UK, but for a hundred years experts have been trying to decide whether or not it's a good thing for you do it. Some people think homework puts too ...

The school uniform debate

School uniforms hit the news headlines at the start of the new term, after a headteacher in Margate sent 50 pupils home for wearing the wrong clothes. We asked three school principals in this region what their views are on the subject. How important do they think a school’s uniform ...

Viewpoint – Fixing the date of school term times

Headteachers have been told they can set their own term dates to stagger school holidays and help families avoid sky-high holiday costs during the school breaks, but does this work if you have children at different schools and at different education authorities which have different term times. Does it complicate ...