The TES is reporting new research that suggests overly demanding parents may be discouraging their children from achieving at school.
The attitude of a family towards academic achievement affects how well children perform in school even more strongly than how wealthy they are, the researchers conclude. Parental attitude was found to predict children’s academic achievement.
The Mirror is reporting that a school has banned smart watches from exam halls so that students cannot use them to cheat.
The move by Billericay School in Essex is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
A letter sent to parents warned anyone caught with a smart watch during a test will be disqualified.
The Mail is reporting that parents have hit out at their children’s school after what they call a ‘bullies’ charter’ league table which ranks pupils by performance was hung up in the reception area for all to see.
Pupils at Nova Hreod Academy in Swindon, Wiltshire, are ranked by their grades, whether they are wearing the correct uniform and whether they have had to re-take important exams in the chart which has been placed in the school’s atrium.
The BBC is reporting that British astronaut Tim Peake has invited schoolchildren to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.
Major Peake wants pupils to plant the seeds of rocket leaves that have been in orbit and compare their growth with normal plants.
The TES is reporting that teachers are being warned this summer’s A-level language exams will be more difficult than previous years’ papers, but the changes will not adversely affect students’ grades.
A letter sent to schools by a group of headteachers’ organisations and language associations this week warns that students and teachers, “could become anxious that grades in modern languages generally will be lower” because of the more difficult tests.
The Birmingham Mail is reporting on a local school, once at the centre of parent protests after introducing tough rules, that it says is now leading the way with a new scheme aimed at boosting children’s academic success.
It was just over two years ago that the former Castle Vale Performing Arts College hit the headlines after furious parents protested outside the school’s gates when 40 pupils had been barred from lessons for wearing the wrong shoes. And now it has become the first secondary school in England to introduce a scheme called Families And Schools Together (FAST).