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Every child should have the right to a nursery education | Letters

Following the article by Sally Weale (What society gives their youngest less chance than their parents had?, 31 January), we were delighted to have the threat to maintained nursery schools (MNS) highlighted this week. Nursery schools’ greatest assets are their trained and dedicated staff, which includes qualified teachers (QTS), with expert knowledge of child development and learning. Qualified teachers are what really makes the difference between MNS and private childcare. This cannot be stressed enough. Furthermore, the new early years teacher status (which does not have QTS) provides a levelling down to the qualified teaching profession and is doing a disservice to the predominately female workforce in this field. MNS are under threat. We need public support to survive and we want to assert the right of every child in the country to benefit from nursery school education. Nursery schools do a fantastic job of “narrowing the gap” and effectively help the most disadvantaged under-fives, but we are also firmly based in our local communities and always wish to reflect their full diversity. Continue...

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Schools can raise girls' aspirations by partnering with businesses

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t always aware of the opportunities open to them. We’re working to change this The absence of aspiration and understanding of opportunities that I see in some students from disadvantaged backgrounds – especially girls – is something I want to address directly. I believe the answer to the lack of female leaders within our society and businesses could partly lie with us in education, and we have found partnerships with the business community leads to stronger results. At both our academies, Whalley Range high school and Levenshulme high school for girls, we have been lucky enough to be involved in the Inspiring Girls programme – part of a Business in the Community initiative with Alliance Manchester Business School. Almost 100 young women from six high schools across Manchester have graduated from the programme this year. We were particularly keen to get involved because it was an initiative that focused its efforts on encouraging girls of secondary school age to prepare for their futures. Continue...

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‘Superhead’ Jo Shuter has teaching ban overturned

A superhead who was banned from teaching for life over her expenses can now return to the classroom after a government disciplinary panel ruled that a prohibition order against her be set aside. Jo Shuter was banned for life in 2014 after a misconduct hearing into expenses claimed at London’s Quintin Kynaston School, but was allowed to appeal the order after two years following a decision to reverse the lifetime nature of the prohibition in November 2014. Schools Week can reveal that Shuter’s appeal has been upheld by a panel of the Department for Education’s National College for Teaching and Leadership. The panel decided that the prohibition order should be set aside The government confirmed that, after considering further evidence including findings from the original panel, third-party references and evidence from Shuter herself, the NCTL panel decided the prohibition order “should be set aside”. The decision means Shuter, a former headteacher of the year once named as Tony Blair’s favourite head, is now technically allowed to teach and hold school leadership positions again. It is not known if she has any specific plans to return to the profession. Her case has drawn attention to fears about a lack of financial...

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