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Primary School Proposes Closing After Lunchtime On A Friday To Cope With Budget Cuts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents

A primary school has suggested its pupils may have to finish school at lunchtime every Friday, effective from October 2017. A letter was sent to paren...

Teachers Getting Training To Deal With Pupils' Mental Health Issues

PA for HuffPost UK | By David Hughes, Press Association Chief Political Correspondent | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents

Teachers who have been given special training to deal with pupils’ mental health problems will make a “real difference to children’s lives”, T...

Parents Criticise School For Skirt Measuring Test To See How Far Hems Ride Up

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents

Parents have criticised a school as “draconian” for introducing a skirt measuring test, asking girls to kneel on chairs to see how far their hems ...

Free Sanitary Pads For Kenya's Schoolgirls - Why The Government Is Doing The Right Thing

Charlotte Clarke | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK
Charlotte Clarke

As well as providing free sanitary pads and safe spaces in schools, for example, ActionAid is collaborating with local communities to improve access to toilets and showers and provide safe environments where girls can ask questions about periods, sex and pregnancy.

Jon Platt Found Guilty Of Taking His Daughter On An Unauthorised Trip To Disney World

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents

Jon Platt has been found guilty of taking his daughter out of school on an “unauthorised trip” during term time. Platt was found guilty at Isle of...

Staying Sun Safe At School

Seena Seka | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents
Seena Seka

There has been lots of controversy in the media around whether teachers should implement the 'no touching rule' in schools and refrain from any physic...

Dad Keeps Kids Off School In The Heat (And Other Ways UK Parents Are Coping)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents

With the soaring temperatures in the UK, it can be hard to find ways to keep cool. And parents have the additional worry of making sure their kids are...

Talking To Children About God

Katie Lodge | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Lodge

My son has been asking questions about God since he was four. It started during his most acute "but-why" phase. At his Catholic school in France - chosen more for its bilingual dimension than for its religious one - he heard many a biblical story cross-legged on the carpet.

Teen Who Escaped Grenfell Fire Explains Why She Sat GCSE Exam The Next Morning

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

A teenager who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire then took her chemistry GCSE the next morning has said she didn’t want to miss the exam because she...

Kate Joins Schoolchildren At Event Teaching Science Through Sailing

PA for HuffPost UK | By Tony Jones, Press Association Court Correspondent | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

The Duchess of Cambridge will join youngsters at a marine-themed roadshow, learning about the challenges that were faced by Sir Ben Ainslie’s Britis...

Mum Teaches 6-Year-Old An Important Lesson In Apologising After He Upset Girl At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum schooled her son on what you should do if you hurt someone’s feelings, by sending him to school with a bunch of flowers. Zowiie Williams, from...

Number Of Children Missing Out On First Choice Secondary School Highest Since 2010

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

The number of children who have missed out on their first choice of secondary school in the 2017/18 school year is the highest it has been since 2010....

School Accused Of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Sexism After Telling Parents To Measure Girls' Skirts

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

A school has been accused of sexism straight out of the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ after asking parents to measure the length of their daughters’ skirt...

AQA English Language Exam Teaches GCSE Students An Unexpected Parenting Lesson

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents

Teenagers sitting the AQA English Language GCSE exam got a rather unexpected lesson about parenting from their source material. The 15- and 16-year-ol...

12 Types Of Friend Your Children Will Bring Home From School

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Parents

It is every parent’s worst nightmare to think of their child lonely and friendless at school. So when they ask if they can bring someone home you’...

This School's General Election Shows The Conservatives Need To Do More To Please Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mock general election at a junior school has shown the Conservative party may need to play closer attention to the needs of the younger generation. ...

Dad's Sweet Gesture For Daughter On Last Day Of School Will Melt Your Icy Heart

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When the day came for Tom Sullivan’s last-born to leave school and go on to college, Tom had something special up his sleeve. You see, Tom had been...

Voting For Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Clare Owen

The Conservative Manifesto makes reference to the intake of selective schools, but not to the end result of their re-introduction: a two-tier education system within which different children have access to different opportunities, not the 'Great Meritocracy' claimed. For this election, let's remember what the real problems facing education are and focus on what needs to happen to deliver an education system fit for the 21st century to every child.

Mum Rewrites Daughter's Sexist Homework, Adds A Feminist Twist Like A Boss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum decided to rewrite her daughter’s homework worksheet to give it a feminist twist after being frustrated by the sexist message it was sending. ...

Teacher Praised For Suspending Lessons For 5-Year-Olds In Light Of Manchester Bombing

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents

A teacher has been praised for suspending lessons in her class of five-year-olds the morning after the Manchester attack. Liane Nicholson, from Leeds,...

11-Year-Old Gives Sassiest Feedback When Asked What Her Teachers Could Do Better

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents

An 11-year-old who was asked on a form at school what her teachers could do better came back with the sassiest reply. Her dad - author Mason Cross fro...

Mum Shocked To Receive Note About 'Unacceptable' Snack In Her Daughter's Lunchbox

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum was shocked when she received a note home from school about the “high sugar” snack she had put in her daughter’s lunchbox. The mum, from A...

Kids' Homework Question Baffles Mum And We Can Totally Understand Why

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents

There are many times that kids’ homework questions completely stump adults and seem impossible to work out. One mum was so confused by her child’s...

This Maths Question For 5- To 7-Year-Olds Is Completely Baffling Adults

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents

A maths question aimed at children aged five to seven is confusing adults as no one can seem to figure out the answer. Twitter user mmatigari shared a...

Finding A Place For PSHE In Schools

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.