Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Sex education is a mess, so can a TV series help teenagers?: The Sex Education Show is important and useful but young people need compulsory school lessons.
- Gove sets limit on headteacher pay: Headteachers are facing a limit on their salaries to the £142,500-a-year pay of the Prime Minister. Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to impose the cap on all salary deals agreed from September.
- Every school needs a ‘naff’ teacher says Ofsted chair: Every school should have a “useless teacher” so children can learn to deal with incompetent people in authority, the outgoing chairman of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has claimed.
- Council tells schools to rearrange exams and cancel swimming for Ramadan: A council has encouraged schools to rearrange exams, cancel swimming lessons and stop sex education during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- Parents told packed lunches ‘too unhealthy’: Packed lunches filled with junk food by parents should be banned, the government body in charge of healthy eating has said.
- School children disprove theory than spiders are scared of conkers: A group of primary school children have been honoured by the Royal Society of Chemistry for disproving the theory that spiders are afraid of conkers.
- Up to a quarter of a million could miss out on university places: Almost a quarter of a million students will miss out on a university place after economy worries prompt a sharp rise in applications.