Parents and teachers have teamed up to fight for the under-threat South Shields School. And their message is clear - the school is not troubled and is worth saving. Last week, South Tyneside Council put a ticking clock on campaign efforts as its cabinet members agreed that a six-week consultation would be held for pupils, parents, staff and others to prove why it should stay open. It was revealed last month that the school faced the prospect of closure after failing to find a sponsor to help it convert into an academy.The school, which recently recorded its best-ever GCSE results, has had an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report looming over it since inspectors’ last visit in October 2017. By law, South Tyneside Council cannot maintain a school rated “inadequate”.A meeting was called for parents, teachers and members of the community to attend at The New Ship Pub, in Sunderland Road, South Shields, to discuss what could be done to prove the school is needed. Kelly … [Read more...] about Parents and teachers team up in fight to save South Shields School from closure
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Gatehouse Primary parents are celebrating after winning their battle to retain existing teacher numbers. The school had been in line to lose a member of staff after the roll fell below the 101 required to maintain five-teacher status. But Dumfries and Galloway Council has informed parents that a probationary teacher will begin work at Gatehouse after the summer holidays. The news means plans to re-shape the school into four bigger composite classes, including a P1/2/3 class, will be scrapped. Now Gatehouse can keep its five teachers after all – to the delight of the parent teacher council (PTC). Welcoming the rethink, chairwoman Sally Dodds said: “We have got word that we have secured a probationary teacher, who starts in August. “I think we were given the teacher as we were almost at capacity and they had enough probationary teachers to allow us to get one. “The general feeling is a very happy one. We all wanted to remain a five teacher school and give our … [Read more...] about Gatehouse parents win teacher battle
A retired secondary school English teacher has corrected a letter she received from US president Donald Trump and sent it back to the White House. Yvonne Mason, who lives in Atlanta and was a teacher for 17 years, said the letter would have barely passed and corrected its numerous grammatical errors. This included 11 examples of incorrect capitalisation of words such as “president” and “state”. “If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus. If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D,” Ms Mason told South Carolina’s Greenville News. She chose not to attach a grade to the corrected letter, which included Mr Trump’s signature, and posted back to the White House. Ms Mason argued the note – which was a reply to a note she had written about the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida which left 17 dead – was “stylistically … [Read more...] about Retired English teacher receives letter from Trump, corrects mistakes and sends it back to White House
As half-term and end-of-term breaks approach, it is not uncommon to see parents whisking their children out of school for a holiday. Which is understandable given the price hike for hotels, flights and everything else during the school holidays. But are you allowed to take your children out of school for a family vacation? Those who bend the rules to take their children away on holiday during term time risk receiving fines, reports Birmingham Live. Victoria Colvin, criminal lawyer for Liverpool firm Kirwans, told the ECHO earlier this year : “Unfortunately the law in this area still isn’t clear cut. "However, the Jon Platt case has set an important precedent which means that Local Education Authorities (LEA) may not currently rush to prosecute those who refuse to pay fines relating to term time holidays." To help you make a decision, Kirwans offer the following advice: 1) Taking your child on holiday during term time isn’t an offence S444 (1) Education Act 1996 … [Read more...] about What can happen to parents if they take their child out of school?
As the SATs tests get underway in primary schools for pupils in Year 2 and Year 6, many parents say they don't believe they are important for their child. Some are even withdrawing their children from the tests all together. The government insists the "tests are in pupils' own interests", helping both parents and teachers identify where additional support is needed to 'make sure all children leave primary school having mastered the basics of literacy and numeracy'. Discussing the issue on the Hull Parents Facebook group and Hull Daily Mail - Family News Facebook Page, it seems there are very mixed feelings about the tests, with most parents agreeing they are more a test of the school as a whole, than the individual child. SATs are giving children nightmares Suzanne Stone said: "My six-year-old granddaughter has been so worried to the point she's been having nightmares over the SATs. "I think it's far too much pressure for kids of their age, instead of telling them about SATs they … [Read more...] about Why some Hull parents are withdrawing their child from SATs