Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Jamie Oliver fears government is undoing school meal progress: Jamie Oliver fears the school meals revolution he kickstarted is in danger of unravelling because ministers are ignoring research showing that nutritious lunches improve learning.
- Education budget faces deepest cut since 1950s, warns IFS: Under-fives, 16 to 19-year-olds and building programmes will suffer as spending is slashed by 14.4% over next four years – the largest cut since the 1950s, Britain’s leading tax and spending experts have warned.
- What’s wrong with today’s youth? Nothing a mentor can’t fix: Once they’d have crossed the street to avoid them. Now, many professionals are making friends with so-called ‘feral’ teenagers – with startling results
- How intervention is keeping children out of care: Intensive family intervention programmes are helping parents and children to enjoy life at home together. For professionals determined to prevent teenagers deemed “on the edge of care” being removed from often initially unco-operative families, a dogged persistence is key. Being straight with parents about what will happen if things do not improve, while working alongside them, rather than doing things “to them” or for them, is also critical, a report by the watchdog concludes. The report, Edging Away from Care, looks at good practice in 11 local authorities to keep young people at risk of entering care living at home, using methods that include family intervention programmes (FIP), family group conferencing or multisystemic therapy. Many of the young people were, or had been, subject to child protection plans.
- Britain’s primary school classes are most crowded in Europe: Britain has the most crowded primary school classes in Europe as applications for places rise by more than a quarter, new figures show.
- Scrap reading tests for pupils aged 6, experts urge ministers: Leading literacy experts will today urge the Government to abandon plans for a compulsory national reading test for all six-year-olds next summer.
- University adds six weeks to teaching year to offset fee rise: University students will be asked to work harder and longer as part of a radical charter to be introduced next year to coincide with the rise in tuition fees.