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'Extremist video' in Trojan school
A violent extremist video was shown in a Birmingham school, a committee of MPs investigating the the alleged "Trojan Horse" plot is told.

Free meals served for infant pupils
Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, as schools re-open for the new term.

Student hardship fund 'cut by 1.3m'
Money made available to the poorest students in further education colleges is cut by over a third, falling by 1.3m over the past five years.

Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum
Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum begins in England as children return to school this week.

Ofsted academy chain 'weaknesses'
Inspectors accuse one of the biggest academy chains in England of "low expectations".

'Teachers face pupil aggression'
More than half of UK state school staff have faced aggression from students in the past year, suggests research.

Top school's lessons free on iTunes
A leading independent school is making dozens of its courses available free online, so lessons can be downloaded by pupils or teachers at other schools.

Special needs pupil reforms in place
Reforms that aim to give children and young people with special educational needs and their parents a greater say in the support they receive come into effect in England.

Charities urged to open own schools
Charities campaigning against child poverty should be encouraged to set up their own free schools, says a think tank report.

Abusers 'brazenly targeted girls'
An ex-care worker in Rotherham, where 1,400 girls were sexually exploited, says men collected victims as young as 11 from a children's home.

Many areas 'lack out-of-school care'
A report suggests large areas of the country are not providing enough out-of-school childcare for primary-age children.

Petition for school head to quit
More than 240 people sign an online petition calling for the head of a Somerset school to quit after poor GCSE results.

University feud raised with minister
A bitter feud which has rocked the Plymouth University boardroom will be raised with the government, an MP confirms.

Finding childcare 'down to luck'
Just 5% of Wales' 22 councils have sufficient out-of-school activities for 12 to 14-year-olds, a report claims.

Sacking over child protection claims
A senior councillor is sacked from Wrexham council's executive board after making allegations about a child protection team.


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