Six pupils have been rushed to hospital after reportedly taking the "zombie drug" Spice at school. Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, confirmed an incident "involving a small group of students taking illegal substances" yesterday. On Facebook , parents said they believed the substance in question was the notorious drug Spice, also known as "fake weed". One mum wrote: "Anyone else's child come home from TCA today worried after seeing a number of students faint and vomiting after taking spice drug." The question sparked 252 replies. One of them said: "My daughter saw one boy having a seizure today. He was sitting just behind her. I’d like to know what the school are doing about this." Does your child attend Thomas Clarkson Academy? Contact [email protected] Another read: "My son was saying two children collapsed from smoking it." One more said: "Apparently a girl was rushed to hospital to get her chest pumped." Dubbed the "zombie drug", Spice earned its … [Read more...] about Six pupils rushed to hospital after ‘taking zombie drug Spice at school’
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Seven to 14 year-old pupils across Wales are taking national tests in numeracy and reading. They are NOT used to measure school performance and they are not graded. They’ll be changing next year too. Here's what's happening and why. Why do we have national tests and what are they for? To check how children are doing. The Welsh Government say the tests, which are based on the curriculum, give teachers detailed information on each learner’s development and progress in reading and numeracy. Results can also show where individual children may need more help to improve. Are they used to measure school performance? No. So do pupils pass and fail? No. There is no pass or fail or grade. Your child will get a score which schools use to track how they are doing. How many tests are there? Three: reading, procedural numeracy and numerical reasoning (problem solving) Procedural numeracy? What’s that then? It measures skills in numbers, measuring and data. And numerical reasoning? … [Read more...] about Why is my child taking National Tests at school in Wales?
A school in Hertfordshire has been slammed by parents for charging children for a drink of water. Parents erupted in anger on social media on Thursday (19 April) — when temperatures outside hit the mid twenties — at the news that Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield was charging thirsty pupils for cups of tap water. The issue was brought to light by one furious mother in a Facebook group with more than 10,000 members. She wrote: “Actually can’t believe that our children can’t even get water at school anymore without paying for it . “They can buy a cup from the office for 5p if they are thirsty.” The post attracted an immediate response from other parents in the area, who slammed the policy as “disgraceful” and “clueless”. Several also questioned whether the school was allowed to charge for tap water, although others pointed out that the charge was for the plastic cup and not the water itself. One mother wrote: … [Read more...] about Parents’ anger at school charging for cups of water
Four in five (81 per cent) of teachers said they believed they had suffered sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace since starting the profession, a shocking study has revealed. When asked whether they had experienced bullying since starting as a teacher, only 5 per cent said they had not. Meanwhile, a fifth (20 per cent) of teachers said they had experienced sexual harassment since joining the profession. Read more One in five teachers say their schools have asked parents for money Ofsted stance on hijab risks increasing threat of attacks on Muslims Pupils being taught in damp and crowded classrooms, survey suggests Grammar schools 'damage social mobility' and should be 'phased out' Sexual harassment had come from pupils, parents, colleagues or bosses at work – and some have had photos taken down their tops and up their skirts, a “deeply disturbing” survey shows. Almost a third of those who have experienced sexual harassment have … [Read more...] about Four in five teachers have been sexually harassed or bullied at school, study suggests
PARENTS have demanded a life sentence for the "grotesque" teacher who allegedly slept with their thirteen-year-old son at school. Married Brittany Zamora, 27, is accused of having sex three times with the underage student and performing a sex act on him in her car. The boy's dad and stepmum have now spoken out against the "monster", who taught at Las Brisas Academy Elementary School in Goodyear, Arizona. The outraged father told AZFamily: “You teach your kids there’s no such thing as monsters at all. “But in the real world, there are monsters. Brittany Zamora is a monster.” The teen's parents allegedly discovered a string of text messages between the two, before Zamora was accused of conducting a sexual affair with the boy between February and March 8 both on and off-school grounds. The affair allegedly started when the teacher began "flirting" with the youth in a classroom group chat. She sent the teen a nude picture of herself and another clad in lingerie, … [Read more...] about Parents blast ‘grotesque’ teacher, 27, who ‘romped with their son, 13, at school’ as they demand life sentence