Here are some headlines from the world of education:
- Teachers’ union calls for an end to faith schools: Teachers’ leaders will this week demand the phasing out of the nation’s 7,000 state-funded faith.
- MPs ‘have duty to opt for state schooling’: MPs and public sector staff have a moral duty to educate their own children in state rather than private schools, a senior Labour MP has declared.
- ‘Michelle Obama chose us. That makes us feel pretty special’: When the girls at London’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school turned up to school they had no idea that they were about to play host to America’s first lady.
- Cyberbullying ‘affects 1 in 10 teachers’: More than one in 10 teachers are bullied by pupils and colleagues through text messages, emails and social networking sites, new research shows.
- Balls promises ‘very big reform’ of Sats tests for 11-year-olds: Review of key stage 2 tests by schools secretary Ed Balls fails to head off confrontation with teacher unions campaigning for them to be scrapped.
- Hundreds of private school teachers lose their jobs: Independent schools closing and making widespread redundancies as parents in the City and in leisure industry feel financial strain.
- Four-year-olds ‘too young for school’: Children should be allowed to delay the start of their compulsory schooling until they are at least six, a third of all primary school teachers say.
- Primary teachers call for homework to be scrapped: Teachers will call for homework for primary school children to be scrapped as a waste of time for children and teachers.