Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman led the stars at the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing launch - which took place on the final Bank Holiday Monday of the summer. Stepping out in the baking London heat, the glam duo, who co-host the annual BBC dance contest, looked thrilled to be back as they strutted onto the stage, hand-in-hand, to greet the crowds at the inaugural event for the 17th season. Claudia, 47, ditched her usual black attire, wowing in an elaborate sparkling trouser-suit. First ladies: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman led the stars at the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing launch - which took place on the final Bank Holiday Monday of the summer Loving life: Stepping out in the baking London heat, the glam duo, who co-host the annual BBC dance contest, looked thrilled to be back as they strutted onto the stage Here come the girls: The dazzling duo walked out hand-in-hand to greet the crowds at the inaugural event for the 17th season Loving life! The duo seemed in … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing launch 2019: Tess Daly slips into a velvet gown as Claudia Winkleman makes a bold style choice in glittering scarlet suit
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• This article was corrected and footnoted on 27 September 2011. All over the Swedish port city of Malmö last week there were gaggles of students clutching brand-new laptops given to them on loan for the start of the school year. As schools fight over what, due to a demographic blip, is a declining number of students, the device you get has become a keen area of competition. "I've just got a mini-HP, but you can pay a bit more and get a Mac or an iPad," says Mua Stanbery, 16, who has just started at ProCivitas, the most popular of the town's profit-making free schools. Students arriving at the Thoren Business School have to make do with a Dell. But Pauli Gymnasium, the biggest municipal-run school, this year decided to give MacBooks to all its students to stave off private competition. What few of the students know is that the ultimate cause of their good fortune – the competitive system of free schools Sweden pioneered in the early 1990s – is under assault. SNS, … [Read more...] about Doubts grow over the success of Sweden’s free schools experiment
If I told you that a 20-year experiment had improved the reading and maths abilities of the US's poorest students, would you want to replicate it here? What if I told you that the experiment was the introduction of free schools? Hold on to your seats. The most recent study from the Stanford Centre for Research on Education Outcomes (Credo) meticulously details the impact of US free schools, known as charter schools, on young people's achievement. By comparing students in each charter school with similar students attending a local traditional school, researchers measured the impact that attending each institution had. The 2013 study shows that the effect of school type is largely negligible when looking across students as a whole. But for poor students, especially poor minority ethnic students, charter schools bestowed substantial learning benefits. One might forgive free school supporters if they break into a celebratory dance on hearing this. Except, the results are not … [Read more...] about What’s the big difference between charter schools and free schools?
The government has announced £400m investment to repair school and college buildings in England, but the money will only be available to academies that can demonstrate pay restraint on executive salaries. Academies and sixth form colleges have been invited to bid for a share of the money which can be used to replace roofs, upgrade sports halls or science labs, and deal with general wear and tear in ageing school buildings. But as schools continue to struggle to balance their budgets in the face of funding cuts, ministers are concerned that too many executives in multi-academy trusts are still paying themselves excessive salaries. Now the government has warned that any trusts where a single executive is paid more than £150,000, or there are two employees taking home in excess of £100,000 each, will be penalised in the case of an application for building repair money, and an award will be less likely. Since 2017, the government has challenged 278 academy trusts over … [Read more...] about £400m for school buildings is ‘too little, too late’, says union
Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the last time, heralding the end of school league tables in their present form.Head teachers are welcoming changes that means from next year, schools will be measured on a broader range of results across eight subjects.The government says schools have risen to its moves to toughen standards.The number of schools falling below the current floor standard has remained stable at 312.Secondary schools are "underperforming" if fewer than 40% of pupils get five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and maths, and if the school has a below average score for pupils' progress.The data is based on examinations taken last summer.Boys v girlsOverall, there was a small rise in the percentage of pupils gaining five good GCSEs, including English and maths, to 57.1% - up from 56.6% in 2014, the data shows. Compare schools in your area Tap here to search for the results for your area. Head teachers have long complained … [Read more...] about Schools ranked by raw GCSE results for last time