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News items from the week’s daily and education press, covering the major education news stories of the week.

More on Integrated Communities Strategy.

Schools with pupils from a single ethnic or religious community could be required to ensure they mix with children of other backgrounds under Government plans to boost social integration.


The Integrated Communities Strategy calls for schools to teach "British values", with plans to improve English language skills and to encourage women from minority communities to find jobs.

A consultation paper on the plans has been launched by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid with £50m of Government money.

It follows the 2016 Casey Review which warned that social cohesion cannot be taken for granted in a multicultural UK.

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Teacher "banned" from the profession.

A teacher who sent "sexually motivated" messages to a pupil at a school where he previously worked has been banned from the profession.

Ian Stuart sent messages to at least one pupil at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in May 2017.

The professional conduct panel heard messages included telling a pupil "he would love to have them one on one".

Mr Stuart, who was teaching at a different school at the time, admitted the allegations.

He said it was a "poorly judged moment of madness".

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Review of FE funding announced.

Officials in the Department for Education have been asked to assess how current funding arrangements for further education meet the costs for 'high-quality provision' 


A review of further education funding has been welcomed by the FE sector.

During education questions on Monday, Labour MP Mike Amesbury asked skills minister Anne Milton what assessment had made of recent trends in education funding for 16- to 19-year-olds.

In her response she said: “I have asked my officials to assess how far the current funding system meets the costs of high-quality provision in the further education sector and will update the house shortly," adding that the government had protected the base rate of funding for all 16- 19-year-olds until 2020 and will invest £500 million extra per year in T levels.

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Education Secretary makes announcements on safeguarding.

Edward Timpson, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, said:

Nothing is more important than keeping children safe. That’s why I’m delighted to chair the first ever legally-established national panel, working with its members and others to ensure that reviews of serious cases involving children lead to real, meaningful and enduring improvements to child safeguarding practice across the country.

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Join the Ofsted Parents panel.


Ofsted Parents Panel is a virtual panel that is made up of parents of school-aged children, and younger, in England.

This second annual report gives an overview of the panel and its activities during the 2016/17 academic year. It summarises the main findings and how parents’ views continue to contribute to the work of Ofsted.

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School Standards Minister at International Summit on teaching.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb recognised the dedication and passion of teachers around the world as he opened an international summit on teaching today (22 March).

Speaking in front of his global counterparts and representatives from teaching unions, the Minister highlighted the difference teachers in England make to their pupils lives in classrooms every day.

During his speech, the School Standards Minister highlighted the performance of schools in England. Thanks to a hardworking and talented generation of teachers, alongside the government’s bold reforms, there are now 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010, our pupils are now amongst the best readers in Europe and GCSEs have been reformed to match the best education systems in the world.

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Education Secretary in Nottingham.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds heard first hand from pupils, teachers, apprentices and parents about the high quality education they were receiving during a visit to Nottingham (23 March).

The Secretary of State spent the morning meeting apprentices at Uniper Engineering Academy based at Ratcliffe Power Station, before CEO David Hughes provided a tour of the academy to observe lessons. Students explained why they chose an apprenticeship and what their ambitions for the future were. This was followed by a discussion with local Apprenticeship Ambassadors and businesses about how the Government can encourage more people to take up apprenticeships.

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Adverts for essay writing company banned.

An essay-writing company has had its adverts banned after they were deemed to be misleading to students.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that UK Essays had failed to make it clear that the papers were not meant to be submitted as students' own work.

The online ad also gave a "misleading impression" that the firm had received positive press coverage, the ASA said.

UK Essays said it would ensure its fair usage policy was more prominent within the website.

A website for featured text that stated "guaranteed grade, every time. We're so confident you'll love the work we produce, we guarantee the final grade of the work.

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Education funding cuts in Birmingham.

Protests and messages of solidarity have been sent from schools across the country over education funding cuts.

The day of action, led by Save Our Schools campaigners, saw pupils hold banners and placards outside school gates.

Teachers said schools were "stretched to breaking point" and described the cuts as "heart-breaking".

The government said it is making the school funding system "fairer".

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Man arrested after mass bomb hoax.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after a mass bomb hoax closed hundreds of schools across England.

The teenager was arrested in Watford, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday night, on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications via email.

The National Crime Agency (NCA), which is leading the investigation, said there was "no credible threat" from the emails received by schools.

However, it added it was "taking the communications extremely seriously".

Around 400 schools were closed on Monday after receiving the emails.

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