New secretary of state for education

Justine Greening has left the government after 18 months as education secretary and will be replaced by Damian Hinds. What are your thoughts on the departure of the education secretary? Many feel the education sector needs stability at this time and that work begun by the outgoing education secretary to

Should we ban “harmful contact” from rugby games?

In a new opinion piece published in a leading medical journal, academics said that schools should ban “harmful contact” from rugby games in order to reduce the risk of injury. Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University argue that most injuries in youth rugby occur

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