Malvern St James Year 4 pupils in science (Andrew Fox)

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Richard Garner on the effects of a 'perfect storm' of rising costs, debt and cuts
The Trinity Academy in Brixton After was intended to accommodate 120 pupils, but eventually opened with just 17

Majority of new free schools were not full at launch

One school in Brixton had 17 pupils when it opened, but was big enough to accept 120

The Rev Nick Mercer joined the priesthood after leaving the Army

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Reverend Mercer joined the priesthood after leaving the Army Jay Williams

A child plays with a ball during the Appleby Horse Fair. The event is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling community

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Schools are struggling to find the finances and resources to educate Gypsy and Roma children because fear of discrimination means many of their parents are not revealing their true ethnicity, hampering efforts to provide extra funding, inspectors have said. The finding comes as official figures show the number of Gypsy and Roma pupils in UK schools have increased from 16,735 to 19,030 in the past year, after work restrictions were lifted for Romanians within the EU.

South Tyneside College has a fabricated factory workshop which mimics the kind of conditions you will be working in when you work in the manufacturing or engineering industry

New careers college set to fill skills gap

For the first time, teenagers will be able to study engineering while still at school
Nearly two-thirds of parents (65 per cent) are convinced their children are receiving a poorer education than those without special needs

Pupils with special educational needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

Report reveals that 64 per cent of parents say their child has been taken out of class or activities because of their disability
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Prospect of higher salaries makes maths more attractive

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Row your boat: the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

Progress in the three Rs is lower in rural and coastal areas

Attainment levels for poorer pupils still ‘unacceptable’ in many regions, minister warns

Mastering maths: Greg Bason with students

Strength in numbers: Teaching maths that relates to the real-world

As the Department for Education announces a new ‘real-world maths’ qualification  to stop students dropping the subject after GCSE, Richard Garner visits a college  that is already teaching maths that relates to real life

The number of pupils is expected to grow by 900,000 over the next decade

Shortage of teachers will ‘polarise schools’

A teacher recruitment crisis could lead to a “polarised” education system with good schools “cherry-picking” the best staff, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warned yesterday.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

Bright pupils cheated by ‘lack of scholarship’ in schools

The average pupil loses 38 days of teaching a year due to disruption in the classroom

Pollution in UK cities contributes to thousands of deaths a year

Stop building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots, say MPs

Damning report stresses that 29,000 deaths a year are attributed to air pollution, and that over a thousand schools are only 150 metres away from major roads

The Fair Education Alliance has found “a significant gap between the most and least deprived”

Parents ‘should be taught how to talk to their children’ by nursery staff

Nurseries and children’s centres should be giving parents lessons in how to talk to their children in a bid to close the gap in performance between rich and poor pupils.

Cambridge university has knocked Oxford University off the top spot in the rankings
Schoolchildren watch soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment march through Warminster in Wiltshire

Former soldiers will be drafted into schools to help build pupils’ character

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants ex-armed services personnel to develop values such as self-confidence, respect and leadership in schoolchildren

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