Daily News Headlines – 13th December

A round-up of education headlines from the days papers….

The number of pupils in state schools is to grow by a million over the next decade, expected to reach more than eight million by 2022, as a result of rising birth rates and migration. The Coalition insisted it was easing the crisis, with £5bn being spent on school places by 2015. Schools minister David Laws said: “We are working with local authorities to ensure funding is used to enable every child to attend a good or outstanding local school.” – Telegraph p4

Hundreds more primary schools have slipped beneath the minimum level of test results after Michael Gove, the education secretary, tightened the threshold. Results published yesterday showed that children at 767 primary schools recorded unacceptably low test scores in May.

School nurseries should open earlier and close later to reflect the ‘modern working life’ of parents, education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss said. She said school nurseries, which account for one third of providers, should open from 8am to 6pm.

  •   ‘School run fury’ – The Star P21

Government moves to ban councils from operating CCTV parking patrols outside schools will put children at risk, council leaders and head teachers have warned. A Local Government Association spokesman said: “Banning CCTV outside schools will leave children to run the gauntlet of the school run without any protection.”  Cllr David Simmonds, Chair of LGA’s Children and Young People Board, was interviewed about this issue on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning.