New technical school in Leeds hailed as “huge step forward” for city

A NEW technical school in Leeds which aims to help produce a new generation of skilled engineers will be officially launched later this week .

Stop demonising international students, says Professor Sir keith Burnett.

Sir Keith Burnett: Universities will never shut doors on a world of talent

AT last, it seems the country is waking up to the news that international students have been given a hard time for no reason. It appears the Government has been sitting on a report showing that international students don’t all stay in the UK after they graduate. This, I’m afraid, is nothing new.

What can be done to support teachers?

YP Letters: The rise of red tape in our classrooms

From: Alec Denton, Guiseley.

Retired teacher Anne Young offers a fresh perspective on education.

YP Letters: Looking back on teacher’s life over the decades

From: Anne Young, Kenwood Court, Sheffield.

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Student and singer Megan Gray. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

New awards to celebrate talents of Leeds students

The diversity of talent shown by students in Leeds will be recognised at the city’s first Specialist Institution Awards next month.


Charity having big impact on children’s reading age in Yorkshire

A CHARITY which sends mentors into schools to help children in Yorkshire to read says that 10 hours of its one-to-one support is helping to raise the reading age of the pupils it works with by 15 months.

Convicted in Rotherham: Mohammed Whied, Waleed Ali, Asif Ali, Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq

Police failures could let Rotherham abuse happen again says schools watchdog

Police failures to take child protection seriously could lead to a repeat of the horrifying abuse scandals seen in Rotherham and Oxford, the chief inspector of schools has claimed.

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The hour and pay of teachers is in the spotlight.

YP Letters: Bureaucracy and long hours ruin teaching

From: Jo Conway, Adaptaboard Limited, Harrogate.

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Town halls and Whitehall clash on school improvement

TOWN HALLS are better at raising education standards than Government-appointed officials and should be given more scope to help improve failing schools, it has been suggested.

Kings Science Academy. Pic James Hardisty.

Union chief raises question over chair of governors at Kings Science Academy

A UNION chief has questioned how Ministers were able to mistakenly think a senior figure in the Tory party was the chairman of governors at one of the country’s first free schools for 12 months.

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The former Kings Science Academy building in Northside, Bradford. The school is now called Dixons Kings.

Questions over £6m land deal at controversial Bradford free school

MPS ARE being urged to look into how the Government agreed a land deal for the Kings Science Academy which involved paying £6m to the company of a man it believed to be the school’s chairman of governors.

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Should more money be spent on libraries?

War of words as pressure grows over future funding of libraries

CULTURE Ministers have rejected claims that Government austerity cuts are to blame for library closures – and said the service is more popular than Premier League football.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron and the Kings Science Academy's founder and former principal Sajid Hussain Raza in 2012 during the school's first year. Photo : Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Exclusive: MPs urged to mount probe into Bradford school fraud scandal

A PUBLIC spending watchdog is being urged to investigate the Government’s handling of the Kings Science Academy scandal after three former staff members were jailed for fraud.

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David Cameron during a visit to Kings Science Academy in 2012.

YP Comment: Academies and their integrity – calls for Kings Science inquiry

THANKS TO the persistence of this newspaper’s education correspondent John Roberts and others, the Kings Science Academy scandal leaves the Government with many difficult questions to answer. Three former staff members of the troubled Bradford free school are in jail for fraud – including its founder and former principal Sajid Hussain Raza whose work and vision was lauded by David Cameron amongst others.

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Farmer Robert Rook, from Market Weighton, welcomes students from Headlands School, Bridlington, and exchange students from South Africa, as a part a farm visit.  Pictures: Simon Hulme

Young minds see food production in action for the first time

It is not often you find a group of inner city South African children having a personal meet and greet with a herd of East Riding cattle, but that’s exactly what happened last week.

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Unsolved murder: Hebden Bridge schoolgirl Lindsay Jo Rimer.

Five things that you need to know in Yorkshire’s news today

If you didn’t read the paper this morning - we’ve got you covered. Here are today’s top stories.

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Yorkshire improves but school tables show north-south divide in GCSE results remains

YORKSHIRE’s SCHOOLS rankings have soared as a result of a shake up of GCSE performance tables, new figures reveal.

Yorkshire is off the bottom of national GCSE league tables.

YP Comment: Progress at last on GCSE exams. Complacency is not an option

IT SHOULD be a source of quiet satisfaction that Yorkshire is no longer bottom of the Government’s GCSE league tables – even though this county’s middle-ranking status is as much to do with a change in the scoring criteria than an overnight improvement in academic attainment.

What makes a good school?

YP Letters: Seeing bigger picture is key to creating a love of learning

From: Jo Conway, Adaptaboard Limited, Harrogate.

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Bradford school teacher diagnosed with cholera

A Bradford teacher has been diagnosed with the potentially fatal bacterial infection cholera after returning from a trip abroad, NHS officials have revealed.

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