PUBLISHED: 11:22 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 17 July 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley Archant Primary school children have thanked the hundreds of firefighters and police officers who battled a major blaze in the grasslands of Wanstead Flats - London’s biggest ever grass fire. Aldersbrook Primary School pupils thank firefighters and police officers who responded to the major fire in Wanstead Flats on July 15, 2018. Photo: Carly Eley Pupils from Aldersbrook Primary School, in Harpenden Road, wrote letters to thank the emergency services for keeping them safe and putting out the fire which broke out on Sunday, July 15. They also drew pictures depicting the dramatic blaze which covered more than 100 hectares of grass at its height. Merryn McKenna, five, from class RN, and Gabriella Eley, eight, from class 3B, presented … [Read more...] about Wanstead Flats fire: Primary school children write letters to thank firefighters and officers
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A headteacher has defended the timing of a letter to parents explaining the departure of a former teacher convicted of child sex offences. David Michael Ruaux, who taught history at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, in Thornton, from September 2015 until July 2017, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children at Bolton Crown Court in April. None of the offences involved pupils at the school.But parents have criticised the decision not to inform them until a letter was sent out yesterday – 11 months after Ruaux was suspended from duty.Both the school and Lancashire County Council said the proper process was followed once they were made aware of the investigation into the 53-year-old, of Gresley Avenue, Horwich, back in July.In the letter sent to parents from headteacher Sean Bullen yesterday morning, it said the school had been advised by Lancashire County Council not to inform parents ‘unless it was clear that the issue was becoming … [Read more...] about Parents anger over Thornton school teacher suspension silence
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
Aidan Hartley 21 April 2018 9:00 AM 21 April 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Why would anyone who claims to care about the world’s poorest children try to shut down their schools? It’s strange and sad, but several British charities, in cahoots with some British unions, are making a concerted effort to close down hundreds of schools in Africa. They are doing this because they dislike private education, seeming not to care that this will destroy the life chances of thousands of desperate children, forcing them, at best, into state schools where the teachers are often absent, drunk or incapable. The campaign involves not only an alphabet soup of left-leaning charities from Action Aid to Amnesty International but also Unison and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Their attacks are directed at Bridge International Academies, a private company backed by, among others, Bill Gates and the British government. If Bridge set … [Read more...] about Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?
Parents across the country are preparing to withdraw their 10 and 11-year-olds from tests over concerns about their mental health. Families are becoming increasingly worried about the number of practice papers and revision classes that Year 6 children face during the Easter holidays, The Independent understands. Thousands of parents have downloaded a letter which sets out plans to stop their children from taking the Sats exams next month because of the “pressures of a high stakes testing system”. Read more Ten-year-olds denied SATs marks because of misshaped commas It comes as teaching unions warned about the “damaging” impact of assessments in primary school. Just last week, the National Education Union (NUT section) voted to explore ways of disrupting the pilots of the government’s new literacy and numeracy tests for four-year-olds. A spokesperson for campaign group Let Our Kids Be Kids told The Independent: “Teaching unions … [Read more...] about Thousands of parents consider withdrawing primary school children from Sats exams over mental health concerns