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Cruelty of Canada’s residential schools ‘unimaginable’, governor general says

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Canada’s governor general has described the country’s residential schools as places of unimaginable cruelty, in a eulogy to honour the thousands of Indigenous children who died while attending the institutions. “Today...

Schools don’t need to bin Shakespeare – but it’s time for us to teach him differently

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Apparently Shakespeare is the latest victim of the culture wars, with some fearing the Bard is about to be thrown out of classrooms across England in the name of decolonisation. Wokeness has already culled the dead wh...

UK’s ‘strictest headmistress’ fears schools will stop teaching Shakespeare

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The headteacher of a school described as the strictest in Britain has warned that William Shakespeare will disappear from classrooms as schools in England come under pressure to decolonise and diversify the curriculum...

Council-run schools outperform academies in England, analysis shows

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Council-maintained schools in England outperform academies in Ofsted rankings, according to analysis published on the day the government’s ambitions for all schools to join multi-academy trusts (Mats) are expected to ...

Queen’s speech set to include crackdown on unregulated schools

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A planned crackdown on unsafe or unregulated independent schools is expected to be included in next week’s Queen’s speech, including the threat of jail sentences and unlimited fines for proprietors who ignore safeguar...

Digested week: bank holidays exist to remind me why schools exist

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I started the bank holiday in traditional fashion, arguing with my 14-year-old son. This is why bank holidays exist, by the way, to remind you why secondary school exists, which is to let someone else irritate the hel...

Bid to have satanism classes in Queensland government schools dismissed as a ‘stunt’

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A bid to have satanism classes taught at some Queensland schools has been dismissed as “a base political stunt”, with a supreme court judge ordering the founder of the Noosa Temple of Satan to explain why he should no...

How the oil and gas industry is trying to hold US public schools hostage

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The oil and gas industry wants to play a word-and-picture association game with you. Think of four images: a brightly colored backpack stuffed with pencils, a smiling teacher with a tablet tucked under her arm, a pair...

‘Pupils are distressed’: community fights top London school’s takeover

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Parents and students at one of England’s top academy schools, where the children of Michael Gove and former Commons Speaker John Bercow are pupils, are locked in a bitter dispute with ministers about plans for the sch...

‘I feel very at home’: the UK schools keeping children in touch with their global roots

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Growing up, every Saturday morning while my school friends were out shopping, going to drama school or learning to dive at the local swimming pool, I would put on my shalwar kameez and head to my mosque’s weekend scho...

The Ukrainians teaching in a war zone: bombed-out schools, evacuations and board games

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Yulia Kuryliuk, a teacher in a village near Lviv, woke on 24 February to find her country at war and gathered her sixth-grade class on Zoom. Two children tearfully asked when the fighting would end. She didn’t have an...

40,000 jobs at risk as foreign pupils shun UK language schools

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Language schools for foreign students are being “devastated” by a combination of post-Brexit red tape and the impact of the pandemic, threatening the future of a £3.2bn industry, tourism leaders have warned. A report ...

Schools chaplaincy provider bans cohabitation and ‘sexually intrusive’ behaviour in staff’s private life

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Australia’s second biggest schools chaplaincy provider imposes a code that discriminates against staff based on relationship status and sexual conduct, a whistleblower has alleged. Caragh Larsen, a former Schools Mini...

‘Pop quiz’ Ofsted tests are downgrading schools unfairly, say heads

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Schools are being downgraded by Ofsted if children questioned by inspectors cannot recall the names of rivers in geography or struggle to explain key concepts in history, according to headteachers. Under a new inspect...

Pope apologizes to Indigenous leaders for abuses at Canada residential schools

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Pope Francis has made a historic apology to Indigenous peoples for the “deplorable” abuses they suffered in Canada’s Catholic-run residential schools. Francis, in an address to Indigenous leaders after meetings with M...

Republican retracts false claim schools placing litter boxes for ‘furry’ students

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A Nebraska state lawmaker apologized on Monday after he publicly cited a persistent but debunked rumor alleging that schools are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms to accommodate children who self-identify as ca...

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