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Final call for TES Schools Awards entries
TES is issuing a final call for entries for this year's Schools Awards, which recognise and celebrate schools that are making an exceptional difference to their students and communities. The 18 categories reward excellence across the whole school, from headteacher of the year to inspirational teacher of the year. Among this year's new categories are awards for literacy and English, maths and numeracy, science, and humanities. The deadline for entries is Monday 22 April. For more information, visit www.tesawards.co.uk.
Prescription takes the spark out of science, CBI says
Business leaders have warned that the "sheer scale of prescription" in the new science curriculum will leave students little time to do practical experiments. The future prosperity of the economy depends on inspiring young people to take up careers in science, but young people will be turned off the subject unless they get hands-on experience, according to the CBI. It also raised concerns about new proposals for design and technology lessons, suggesting that the plans "lack academic or technical rigour" and are "out of step with the needs of a modern economy". The comments came as the consultation into the government's new draft national curriculum closed.
Is this a frying pan I see before me?
Primary school children are set to learn about Shakespeare in drama, cookery and sport lessons, under plans revealed this week. The move is part of a new government-backed campaign by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which says it wants to open up the Bard's legacy to every child in Britain. The trust is launching a Shakespeare Week, which will take place for the first time between 17 and 23 March next year - the 450th anniversary of the playwright's birth.
Call to keep 'meddling' politicians out of education
England's education system should be taken out of the hands of "meddlers", a former government adviser has said. Professor Mick Waters, who served as curriculum director of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority under Labour, called for a new National Council of Schooling, which would operate at arm's length from Parliament and ministers. Professor Waters argued that there was a need for an "Education Spring ... an uprising of passion and commitment to the role of schooling in the education of our young".
Concern over 'disorder' label for behaviour issues
Members of the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) have warned that new health guidelines could result in antisocial behaviour being treated purely "as a medical issue". Recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence are designed to help parents deal with children who have repeated behavioural problems. But Kate Fallon, general secretary of the AEP, said she was "disappointed and somewhat alarmed" by them, as they suggested that "difficult behaviour by children should be regarded as some sort of 'disorder', and that such behaviour should be considered primarily in a medical context".