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Police investigate leak of GCSE religious studies exam paper

Exclusive: latest in series of security breaches highlights role of social media in cheatingPolice have been called in to investigate another exam leak after an unknown number of students had advance sight of part of a GCSE religious studies (RS) paper…

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Crisis in special educational needs drives parents to court

Number of families appealing against funding decisions surges by 26% as schools and councils struggle to meet cost of provisionA funding shortfall for children with special educational needs has led to a surge in court appeals, as families turn to lega…

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I had special needs help in school. But the doors that were opened for me are closing | Gerry Hart

Without support, I would have floundered. The squeeze on school funds today means children’s potential is being squanderedAnyone watch the Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night? Miserable spectacle though it might have been, something of wider intere…

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A private school gets a castle-library, while we fundraise for public school music lessons | Celina Ribeiro

The choice between sending children to a public or private school should be about the bells and whistles, not the basicsOn the first Tuesday of the month, after the kids are asleep, my partner starts baking. This month it was chocolate zucchini cupcake…

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School Diversity Week founder: ‘I don’t recall a single teacher using the word gay’

Tim Ramsey wants all LGBT children to feel free to be themselves – but says Birmingham shows we have a long way to goThe first mention Tim Ramsey ever heard at school of homosexuality was negative, he remembers. “I was in a year 5 lesson and we were lo…

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You’ve set up a successful school. What next? Start a university, of course

Ed Fidoe, co-founder of School 21, is launching the London Interdisciplinary School, mixing arts, science and business skillsEd Fidoe, co-founder of School 21, an “outstanding” free school in east London, has spotted a problem. To solve it, he’s openin…

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We’ve constructed a ruthless exam system where bereavement barely matters | Laura McInerney

Even if A-level or GCSE students have lost a parent, their future depends on being poised to perform on a random dayI met a woman on a train last week who told me about her two sons currently sitting their GCSEs and A-levels. Stressed teens are difficu…