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Private schools to be abolished if Labour returns to power

Private schools to be abolished if Labour returns to power  » 

Labour has pledged to abolish private schools if it wins the next election, in a move which its leader Jeremy Corbyn said would “challenge the elite privilege of private schools”.

Primary turns its back on primary colours in bid to calm pupils

Primary turns its back on primary colours in bid to calm pupils  » 

A primary school in Leicestershire has thrown out its bright plastic furniture and replaced it with plain wooden tables and chairs in a bid to help pupils focus. In a story first covered by the BBC, Overdale Infant School in Knighton, Leicestershire said it had decided to make the change because pupils felt “overloaded” by bright, garish colours.

PM pledges extra billions for schools in move labelled ‘con trick’ by Opposition

PM pledges extra billions for schools in move labelled ‘con trick’ by Opposition  » 

Boris Johnson will spend £14bn extra on primary and secondary schools over the next three years. The commitment will see an extra £2.6bn of funding for 2020/21, £4.8bn for 2021/22, and £7.1bn for 2022/23, compared to the current year. That would see each secondary school get at least £5,000 per pupil next year, while every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.

UK’s first car-free school planned for Leeds  » 

Britain’s first car-free school could be built in Leeds if a multi-generational building that includes a care home for older people as well as the 420-place primary school gets planning permission.

SEN numbers keep rising  » 

The number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) has increased for a third consecutive year to 1,318,300 in January 2019, representing 14.9% of the total pupil population. This is driven by increases in both the number of pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and with SEN support. 271,200 pupils (3.1%) of the total pupil population, have an (EHC) plan and a further 1,047,200 pupils (11.9%) are on SEN support.

Two-thirds of English schools rated ‘poor’ for fire protection systems

Two-thirds of English schools rated ‘poor’ for fire protection systems  » 

Two-thirds of schools in England are not properly prepared for a fire, according to research by Zurich Municipal, the leading insurer of schools and universities in the UK. Zurich’s analysis of 1,000 site surveys across UK shows that there is a huge discrepancy between fire risk management in schools across England and Scotland, with the southern region the least safe for pupils.

ANALYSIS: So much more than just another brick in the wall

ANALYSIS: So much more than just another brick in the wall  » 

Six school building projects have made it through to the Education category shortlist in this year’s prestigious Brick Awards. All have been built to inspire and have taken creative twists on traditional building. The winner will be announced on November 13.

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More free schools unveiled by Hinds

More free schools unveiled by Hinds  » 

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has approved 22 applications to create a new free school, delivering 19,000 extra pupil places.

Sir Vince Cable tops out Richmond upon Thames College

Sir Vince Cable tops out Richmond upon Thames College  » 

The contractor ISG recently celebrated reaching the highest point in the construction of the new campus building at Richmond upon Thames College by hosting a topping out ceremony where Liberal Democrat Party leader and MP for Twickenham, Sir Vince Cable, tightened the final bolt on the steel frame.

Consortium boosts offsite school construction

Consortium boosts offsite school construction  » 

Employing modern methods of construction in the education sector has potentially taken a major step forward with the launch of a standardised structural frame and open source design app for building primary schools offsite.

Boris to boost school spending

Boris to boost school spending  » 

In the run-up to the Tory leadership election, Boris Johnson said he would boost England’s schools budget by £4.6bn boost per year from 2022/23 if he enters Number 10, as he declared education was his highest priority.

Secondary school class sizes continue to rise  » 

Department for Education data indicates there is the equivalent of one extra pupil in each secondary school class compared with two years ago.

ANALYSIS: Urban schools and how to design for high density

ANALYSIS: Urban schools and how to design for high density  » 

Helen Taylor, Director of Practice, Scott Brownrigg and Sharon Wright, Senior Associate, The Learning Crowd, talk about how their new book addresses crucial issues for inner-city schools, educationalists and local authority planners.