Head porn allegation
The head of a school where Mayor of London Boris Johnson sends one of his children has been suspended for allegedly watching internet porn in his school office. Jay Henderson, the 35-year-old head of north London's Canonbury Primary School, which also educated two of the children of former schools minister Lord Adonis, is now at the centre of an investigation looking into charges of "unprofessional behaviour". Islington Council confirmed that Mr Henderson had been suspended, but refused to comment further.
Pupils want wider view
Nine out of ten pupils believe they should be learning more about the issues affecting people in different parts of the world, a national survey has found. The poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori and published today by the Geographical Association in its new manifesto A Different View, also found that nearly two-thirds feel not enough time is spent learning about the wider world. More than 90 per cent said they want to learn about where things they use, such as food, energy and water come from.
Well-off snub teaching
The number of teachers from above-average income families working in the profession has dropped over the past 20 years, a study released this week has found. The findings are from former health minister Alan Milburn's first report as chair of the government-commissioned panel on Fair Access to the Professions. In contrast, professions such as law, medicine, media and banking have seen an increase in the number of people coming from better-off families. Mr Milburn said: "It is shocking that despite the best efforts of many professions they seem to have become more, not less, socially exclusive."
Call for money lessons
Almost two-thirds of parents believe children should be taught more about savings and investments in schools, a survey has shown. The Co-operative Investments spoke to more than 2,000 parents and found that more than half are teaching their children about the recession. Zack Hocking, head of Child Trust Funds at The Co-operative Investments, said: "Parents don't want to shelter their children from the realities of the credit crunch and are making efforts to improve their understanding of finance."