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– Department for Education
We need to raise standards so we have an education system that is on a par with the world's best.
Our academies programme is turning around hundreds of underperforming schools, we are introducing a world class curriculum and our reforms to exams will create qualifications that will keep pace with the demands of universities and employers. Surely this is something the NAHT should be supporting.
We will not stand by when schools are failing our children. Sponsored academies are turning around hundreds of underperforming schools and ensuring pupils are given every chance to fulfil their potential.
Speaking to ITV News, Chloe's grandparents, April and Gordon said they couldn't understand why there weren't lifeguards on duty who could have pulled her from the water.
The heavy and persistent rain will gradually move into northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as the day goes on.
Temperatures will remain low for this time of year, with highs of 18 degrees in the South East and lows of 11 in north Wales and Northumberland.
The UK is the joint second-most successful country in the contest with Sweden, France and Luxembourg. Ireland is the most successful with a total of seven wins.
- Won the competition five times (1997, 1981, 1976, 1969 and 1967)
- Finished second place 15 times
- Finished last in 2003, 2008 and 2010
- Competed every year since 1957
- Hosted the competition eight times
One of David Beckham's main sponsors, Adidas, has tweeted a picture of the boots he could be wearing for his final professional game. They feature today's date along with his children's names.
Conservative MP for Chatham & Aylesford, Tracey Crouch criticised reports that a senior aide accused activists of being "mad swivel-eyed loons".
I wonder if this "aide" has ever been a member of an association, delivered single leaflet, packed an envelope or knocked on a door?From @tracey_crouch on Twitter:
My activists are far from being "swivel eyed loons". They are hard working people who care passionately about local area & future of countryFrom @tracey_crouch on Twitter:
Headteachers have declared they have no confidence in the Government's education policies at the NAHT union conference in Birmingham.
President of the National Association of Head Teachers, Bernadette Hunter told the union's conference in Birmingham that current Government policies on education are "damaging schools" and negatively affecting pupils' lives.