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According to Children's Secretary Ed Balls only a "very small minority" (0.04%) of parents opt to take their children out of sex and relationship education classes. Even that small figure however, will change as new rules (coming into practice in 2011) make sex education classes compulsory...

The Guardian recently reported on a move by a Barnsley, South Yorkshire school to introduce a drinking ban after parents have been repeatedly seen drinking at the school gates. The Chairman of the board of governors said: "There have been reports of frequent drinking by parents outside...

President Obama's 'back to school' speech to US schoolchildren attracted plenty of controversy, but in the end was classic 'stay in school and study hard' fayre. "We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can...

Following our last post about the suggestion that heads of governing bodies should be paid, school governor and e-learning expert Donald Clark posted a comment suggesting that red tape, not pay, was the issue: "A better approach would be to reduce the time and money spent...

The National Governor's Association has suggested that there is a "strong argument" for paying heads of school governing bodies £10,000 a year, to better reflect the time commitment involved. The NGA's Chief Executive Phil Revell was quoted in a Financial Times interview as saying: “I think they...

Every school's board of governors does things a little differently. A small minority hold meetings which are open to anyone who would like to attend, a few invite parents to get involved and some even welcome the press to report on proceedings. The default position is, however,...

Cabinet minister Jack Straw's son Will is amongst the 12 school governors who have been dismissed by Lambeth council, over financial management and teaching standards at their school. The headteacher has apparently also been suspended. Mr Straw's involvement has, of course, drawn media attention to the...

It's that time of year again. Everyone from High St retailers to supermarkets like Asda and Tesco are advertising deals on school uniforms. But despite the deals, not every parent will be able to take advantage of the discounted prices. The LGA quotes research showing that...