These are the education links we found interesting between October 8th and October 15th:
- Ofsted | School inspection policies and protocols – Following the introduction of Ofsted’s new arrangements for inspecting schools from the beginning of September 2012 we have been updating our policies and protocols to bring them into line with the new inspection framework.
- Alarm bells ring as school call-out numbers rocket – Education – Scotsman.com – The total number of false alarms rose from 873 to 936 between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the figures released under Freedom of Information showed. The unnecessary call-outs were mainly the result of automatic fire alarms (AFAs) going off, although they also included 41 hoax and malicious calls.
- Knives, hammers, knuckledusters and fake guns being taken into schools, Daily Mirror investigation reveals – Mirror Online – Our Freedom of Information probe involved asking 150 education authorities to reveal the number of pupils who were excluded for weapons offences in the past academic year. Almost half of the authorities responded, while others said they do not keep records on this issue because they are not required to by the Department of Education. The councils that did respond paid out a total of £109,000 to pupils who brought legal action after being attacked by their fellow students.
- No Income? No Problem! How the Gov’t Is Saddling Parents with College Loans They Can’t Afford – ProPublica – Today, a dozen years on, Nemenzo's debt not only remains, it's also nearly doubled with fees and interest to $33,000. Though Almendral is paying on the loans herself, her mother continues to pay the price for loans she couldn't afford: Falling into delinquency on the loans had damaged her credit, making her ineligible to borrow more when it came time for Aurora's sister to go to college.
- Lewisham Council and Babcock Tribunal Timeline –