The Old School House News

Poor white schools 'destroyed' by rankings

Exam league tables are stigmatising white working-class schools, head teachers say. ...read more

Five charts that tell the story of diversity in UK universities

The University of Oxford has released figures showing 1.9% of students admitted in 2017 were black. ...read more

Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

A severely disabled boy, 11, says Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall is discriminating against him. ...read more

Oxford University involved in Twitter row with David Lammy

The university apologises after retweeting criticism of the MP from one of its students. ...read more

May 23, The Mozart effect, Shmozart effect: Fact or fiction?

Claims about Mozart's music have fueled a mini-industry of "smart baby" products and developmental toys. Is there strong evidence to back these claims up? It looks as if listening to certain kinds of music can sometimes produce a small, temporary boost in visual-spatial reasoning. It may also deliver some health benefits, including benefits to people suffering from anxiety, hypertension, or epilepsy. But overall, the observed outcomes don't seem to depend on listening to Mozart specifically. Other types of music -- including rock music -- may produce similar results. ...read more

Ofsted admits some 'outstanding schools aren't that good'

"Outstanding" schools may not be as good as their rating suggests, says Ofsted ...read more

Free school transport lost for 20,000 rural pupils

More than 20,000 children in rural England have lost access to free school transport, say local authorities. ...read more

'Relax A-level grades for some medical students'

Entry requirements for medical degrees should be lowered for those from the worst UK schools. ...read more

Lost youth

The United Nations is launching a global poll to find what young people think of policies affecting their lives. ...read more

Ethnically mixed schools lessen hostility

Teenagers at more racially diverse schools are less likely to have negative views of other groups, says study. ...read more