What’s been in the news just lately?
Lollipop lady, 86, refuses to retire and quite right too!
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), says pupils should be in school learning about climate change rather than demonstrating. As reported in the Independent, Mr Barton says that sanctioning protests opened the doors to more pupil absences over issues such as homelessness and knife crime.
England’s schools face a £5.7 billion funding shortfall according to head teachers. Gulp!
- Updated advice from the government to reduce workload: “Consider how pupils, rather than the teacher, can be responsible for their behaviour, for example, by informing their parents and carers and writing reports for their teacher about their behaviour.” You have to laugh.
- The number of fines issued to parents in England for taking children on term time holidays has almost doubled in a year.
- The National Deaf Children’s Society says the entire profession is creaking under growing pressures and increasing needs.