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Father attacks daughter's school after she was told to remove poppy band as it breached health and safety rules

Father attacks daughter's school after she was told to remove poppy band as it breached health and safety rules | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Maggy Lane (pictured), 13, was told to remove her Poppy Appeal wristband at Shepshed High School in Leicestershire because it breached the uniform code.

 

A man whose grandfather was a Second World War soldier has hit out at his daughter's school after she was banned from wearing her poppy wristband because of health and safety fears.
Maggy Lane, 13, was ordered to remove the Poppy Appeal band - a symbol of remembrance sold by the Royal British Legion - by teachers at Shepshed High School in Leicestershire.
The teenager was told the wristband was forbidden because it breached the school's uniform code and it was feared the rubber bangle could get caught on something during a lesson.

The schoolgirl's father Myles Lane, 39, questioned why the rubber bands were banned because of the potential safety risk when students are allowed to wear poppies secured to their uniform by a pin.
'I feel quite passionate about it,' said Mr Lane, who added that his grandfather Arthur Witherbed, who died last year at the age of 90, was part of the Royal Leicester Regiment which fought in Norway in 1940.

'I have always drummed into my daughter the importance of Poppy Day and she had bought the band out of her own money.

'They told me it was a health and safety risk, but they are okay to wear a poppy with a pin on it.
'I can appreciate the school has health and safety issues with bracelets but I think they should be able to make an allowance with a poppy band,' said Mr Lane, a draughtsman.
'Perhaps they could ask students to remove them in potentially hazardous situations like for P.E. and in cookery lessons, then let them wear the bands at other times.'
Mr Lane, from Shepshed, said Remembrance Day held extra significance for his family since his grandfather's death last year.
When the Germans invaded Norway in 1940 Mr Witherbed escaped by walking to neighbouring Sweden. From there he made his way back to England, and he was stationed with the military police at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.
Adrian Stephenson, joint head teacher at the school, said: 'We don’t allow children to wear wrist bands at school. It is as simple as that.
'We have to stick to the uniform code,' he said.
'When governors put the dress code together, health and safety is part of the issue of wearing jewellery.
'It is important to stress we want the children to understand all about remembrance and it is a central part of what we do, but at the same time, if you want to run a good school you have a set of rules and you have to stick to them,' Mr Stephenson added.

His co-head Stewart Goacher said the wristband was forbidden under the same rules that prevent pupils from wearing bracelets.
Mr Goacher added that the school sells lapel poppies, holds an annual remembrance assembly and supports the charity Help for Heroes.
David Hobday, chair of the Loughborough British Legion, said: 'In theory, I am upset because it is a promotional time particularly for us, but if it is school policy and they have been asked to take them off then that is the school’s prerogative.'

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White working-class boys are consigned to education scrapheap, Ofsted warns

White working-class boys are consigned to education scrapheap, Ofsted warns | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says generations of children are doomed to underachieve, because of an erosion of traditional community values and parents failing to set boundaries.

 

Boys from white working-class families are growing up with no hope of a decent education or career because of an ‘anti-school culture’, the head of Ofsted warned last night.
Sir Michael Wilshaw says generations of children in deprived areas are doomed to underachieve, thanks to an erosion of traditional community values and parents failing to set boundaries.
The chief inspector of schools said white boys from poor families were worst affected and achieved the worst results aged 16 at school.
Old-fashioned support for education was disappearing in many communities, particularly those in post-industrial cities with high unemployment levels, he said. Teachers in these areas are increasingly forced into the role of ‘surrogate parents’.
Where families fail to provide support, teachers are forced to help with homework, give advice and in some cases even provide meals in place of parents ‘who can’t or won’t support their children’.
Sir Michael’s remarks come as Ofsted opens a new inquiry into the disparity between rich and poor pupils in the state school system.

The former head of Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, East London, is to give a major speech to the National College for School Leadership in Birmingham today.
A ground-breaking study by Ofsted, Access and Achievement in Urban Education, raised the issue 20 years ago and a further report was published in 2003.
Sir Michael said: ‘We still have this long tail of under-performance in our state education system and we’re not closing the gap between the best and the worst, the richest and the poorest.
‘We still have failure which largely resides in the poorest communities.’ He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Schools in these areas have to counter generations of failure and a culture which is often anti-school and anti-learning. We must show how that is tackled.’

Children who qualify for free school meals lag behind fellow pupils throughout the school system. Just one in three of these attained five good GCSEs including English and maths last year, compared with 62 per cent of other children.
White British boys who qualify for free school meals achieve the worst results of any apart from gypsy and traveller children – with just 29 per cent getting good marks.
Sir Michael said the report would tackle academic failure in white working-class boys as a ‘big issue’. In many working class communities, entire families were out of work following the demise of traditional industries, he said.
He added: ‘We need to look back as well as forward. Working-class communities in the past valued education, with that spirit of working men’s institutes and technical colleges and so on.
‘Those communities thought long and hard about the future of their children and supported schools and were very much into self-help. We need to bring that back.’
Last month the Ofsted head called for a ban on mobile phones in schools. Sir Michael said a new inspection regime to come into force next term, will penalise schools for failing to tackle persistent low-level disruption in lessons.

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British History dropped by schools

British History dropped by schools | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Pupils failing to study British history at school.
Children are growing up lacking a proper understanding of the past because key swathes of British and European history have been dropped by schools, academics warned today.

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Crisis in primary places in England: Immigration will force schools to create 1m more places

Crisis in primary places in England: Immigration will force schools to create 1m more places | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Population boom caused by high birth rate and immigration will force schools to create 1m more places by 2020.

 

Nearly one million extra school places will be needed within eight years as rising birth rates and immigration push pupil numbers to a 50-year high.

The population boom has already pushed many primary schools to ‘breaking point’ and forced town halls to draw up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops and warehouses.

Now figures from the Department for Education have shown the number of pupils in state schools is expected to rise to 7,950,000 by the end of the decade – 935,000 more than now.

Primary and nursery schools will need an extra 736,000 places by 2020, with the remaining places required at secondary and special schools.

 

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The Home Counties primary school where less than 1% of pupils speak English as their first language

The Home Counties primary school where less than 1% of pupils speak English as their first language | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Of the 630 youngsters at Iqra Slough Islamic Primary School in Berkshire, just ten are non-Muslim and more than 99 per cent class English as an 'additional' language.
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