• 19 Sep 2019

    Children barely able to speak in sentences, some still in nappies under their school uniform, some unable to use a knife and fork. These are just a few of the challenges faced by reception teachers of the class of 2019. In an exclusive survey carried out by this programme, 82% of reception class teachers say…

  • 16 Aug 2019

    The Grime star Stormzy says he is funding the costs of two more students from minority backgrounds to study at Cambridge. It follows his decision last year to support two students there – as part of an effort to help more students from black and ethnic minority families get to Oxbridge universities. Or is it simply perpetuating…

  • 15 Aug 2019

    The proportion of students who achieved top A-level grades has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade. Teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their results this morning – a quarter of them received A or A-star grades. But some schools did buck the trend – Brampton Manor Academy in East…

  • 10 Oct 2018

    Schools rated “outstanding” are not routinely re-inspected, which means that some schools have gone for many years without having their status challenged.

  • 6 Oct 2018

    A fifteen-year-old Scottish composer is having her work performed this weekend at a festival run by the internationally renowned musician Sir James MacMillan. But she may be one of the lucky ones because the Cumnock Tryst festival in East Ayrshire is being held against a backdrop of cuts to music education across the country. In…

  • 28 Sep 2018

    They’re normally the strictest observers of the rules, but today hundreds of headteachers put down their red pens and marched to Downing Street to protest about what they say is a lack of funding for schools. They claim funding in real terms in England has fallen by eight percent since 2010. The government says school…

  • 5 Sep 2018

    One teaching union has conducted a survey which reveals that mainstream schools are struggling to resource support for pupils with special needs. We went to meet an autistic boy who’s been stuck at home for nearly a year. His mum says he’s been failed by the system.

  • 2 Aug 2018

    More than a hundred education leaders are calling on the Home Secretary to reduce Britain’s child citizenship fees, which a campaign group says are the highest in Europe. At a thousand pounds per child, registration costs ten times more than in Spain, France and Sweden. The chief inspector of borders and immigration has launched a…

  • 31 Jul 2018

    More than a quarter of children in England begin primary school unable to speak in full sentences or read simple words. The Education Secretary pledged to cut that number in half over the next ten years. Damian Hinds said if children were “behind from the start” they were rarely able to catch up.

  • 24 May 2018

    A black applicant to Oxford has a better chance of getting an offer than the average student applying for the same course with the same predicted grades.

  • 11 May 2018

    Controversial Conservative manifesto plans to expand grammar schools were quickly dropped after the last election. But now the government has found an extra £50m to enable grammar schools in England to fund places for disadvantaged children.

  • 11 May 2018

    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson, Layla Moran, used to work as a maths and physics teacher in Brussels and London.

  • 1 Feb 2018

    Today, the new head of Ofsted has told schools not to be afraid of standing up to religious groups. Amanda Spielman said headteachers shouldn’t fear causing offence when making rules for pupils. Her comments follow a row earlier this year between some parents and a primary school in East London where pupils younger than eight…

  • 19 Jan 2018

    A survey of 13,000 children has suggested that their career ambitions are massively influenced by how wealthy their parents are and whether they are girls or boys. Girls favoured becoming teachers, nurses and hairdressers, while boys talked of becoming pilots or mechanics. But the survey from the Education and Employers’ charity said girls did focus…

  • 6 Jan 2018

    The Government has pledged to increase literacy in schools. with money for new English hubs across the country and help for reading and writing at home. However, Labour say it’s nothing compared to the billions of funding cuts in schools.