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

Viewpoint – Learning while earning

Learning while earning A report from the government’s skills experts the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has revealed that the number of 16 and 17 year olds working part-time has halved from 42% in 1996 to only 18% in 2014. The report found the main reason for this is a

Should mobiles be allowed in classrooms?

A study by the London School of Economics into the impact of mobile phones on student performance found that test results improved in schools where mobile phones were banned. More than 90% of teenagers own a mobile phone and although there is no current UK government policy relating to mobile

Mock elections and the democratic process

The General Election 2015 was embraced by schools across the region staging their own mock elections in various formats. With polling booths and ballot boxes even installed, many primary and secondary school aged children experienced a real voting process and what it represents. How valuable an opportunity do you think