• 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.

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Schools in England are raising as much as £146 million a year in voluntary donations, including from parents, according to research carried out by this programme. Headteachers say the money is increasingly being spent on basic essentials, as schools struggle with budget cuts. Our estimates, based on a sample covering more than a quarter of…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Schools in England could be raising around £150m a year from voluntary donations, research by Channel 4 News suggests. With tight budgets, some headteachers told us they are increasingly reliant on donations to plug the gaps. In November, a primary school in Theresa May’s constituency wrote to parents asking for donations to help pay for items…

  • 3 Dec 2017

    If education is one key factor affecting a child’s life chances, mental health is arguably just as important. Today the government announced plans to start offering young people in England mental health support in their school or college. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said early intervention would prevent problems becoming more serious, though some have questioned…

  • 28 Nov 2017

    The UK’s highest paid Vice Chancellor is retiring from the University of Bath. Dame Professor Glynis-Breakwell, who earned more than £450,000 last year was criticised by hundreds of staff members at the university for her salary. She will step down in August next year after seventeen years in the role. Our reporter Andy Davies is…

  • 10 Oct 2017

    Labour’s Rushanara Ali, Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng and Tony Sewell, founder of Generating Genius, which was set up to help students from disadvantaged communities get into top universities, discuss the government’s race audit.

  • 24 Aug 2017

    More than half a million students got their GCSE results today – amid the biggest shake up to the exams in a generation. And it wasn’t just a challenge for the teenagers who sat the tests: grades are gradually being changed across England to a new 9-1 system – as part of a drive to…

  • 24 Aug 2017

    Earlier we spoke to the schools minister Nick Gibb. I began by asking him what grades he got for his GCSE’s.

  • 24 Aug 2017

    Pupils at the Sion Manning catholic girls school in west London had to sit their GCSE exams in the midst of tragedy.  Less than a mile from Grenfell Tower – they turned up at school the next day, while smoke still billowed from the blackened shell of the high rise block. Some had lost friends,…

  • 11 Apr 2017

    Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, and psychotherapist Professor Joy Schaverien, author of Boarding School Syndrome.

  • 11 Apr 2017

    In his new book, ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, the journalist, Alex Renton describes his torment at being sent away to board at the age of just eight. But he also documents the years of physical and sexual abuse that he says he suffered in school.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    How to make sense of this? Should you be worried if you have school-age children?

  • 6 Mar 2015

    Immigration is rarely out of the headlines. With Ukip making it a key election issue, David Cameron has had to sit up and take notice. Here are the facts.