Isle of Wight education

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Whether it be the latest Ofsted inspection report, GCSE and A-Level results; pupils’ achievements; or educational trips, this is the place to find up-to-date, reliable information.

Praise for Isle of Wight primary school with Ofsted ‘Good’ rating

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Staff at the primary school have been praised by Ofsted as pupils make good progress.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 9:35am

By Sally Perry

Christ the King College pupils win ‘Create & Cook Competition’ regional final

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Congratulations to Nadia Robertson and Kirsty Sciver and best of luck to them when they take part in the ‘Create & Cook Competition’ finals next month.

Friday, 20th May, 2016 3:45pm

By Victoria Dunford

School absence fines: Council to debate alternative incentives

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As the full breakdown of costs in the Jon Platt school holiday fines case have been revealed, a motion asking the DfE to consider the introduction of alternatives based on reward for and encouragement of good attendance will be debated.

Friday, 20th May, 2016 10:11am

By Sally Perry with 78 readers' comments

Spark your daughter’s scientific curiosity on Forensic Science Trail

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This fun, hands-on event for girls aged 3-11 and their families also provides a great opportunity to find out what an education at Portsmouth High School has to offer your daughter.

Friday, 20th May, 2016 9:00am

By Feature Writer

Independent councillors challenge Conservatives over education policy

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The Island Independents are calling for clarification over Conservative approaches to education.

Thursday, 19th May, 2016 2:16pm

By Phil Jordan with 16 readers' comments

Council leader explains motivation behind Jon Platt court case

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Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Jonathan Bacon, explains in detail the reasons for taking the Jon Platt case to the High Court and what he hopes will happen next.

Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 12:11pm

By IW Council Press Office with 64 readers' comments

Conservative councillors demand to know costs of Jon Platt court case

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The group leader of Isle of Wight Conservative councillors says "Questions now need to be asked as to who took the decision to prosecute, what that decision has cost and how was it justified?"

Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 12:02pm

By Dave Stewart with 28 readers' comments

Isle of Wight schools could be forced to become Academies: NUT hold meeting

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The meeting on 26th May features Anne Swift (NUT National President) on the panel. Parents of school-aged children are encouraged to attend to find out more about the threat of full academisation of Isle of Wight schools.

Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 6:37am

By Dominic Coughlin with 6 readers' comments

Jon Platt case: Dept for Education seeks to change law on school absence


The Dept for Education say children’s attendance at school is "non-negotiable" and that they'll be looking to change the legislation.

Monday, 16th May, 2016 5:40pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

MP questions council’s decision to take Jon Platt case to High Court

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The MP has asked why the Island’s cash-strapped Council decided they should be the one to squander scarce resources to 'seek clarity' on the Jon Platt school fines case.

Friday, 13th May, 2016 4:30pm

By Andrew Turner's Office with 57 readers' comments

Jon Platt school holiday fines case: High Court ruling revealed (updated)

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Find out whether Isle of Wight father Jon Platt was right to take his child, who had a 94% attendance record, out of school in term time for a family holiday. Today's High Court decision could make it a landmark case with a massive impact across the country.

Friday, 13th May, 2016 12:53pm

By Sally Perry with 69 readers' comments

Jon Platt school holiday fines High Court case on Friday

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The nation's media, not to mention parents of school children, will be waiting to find out which way the High Court judge will go on the case of school holiday fines tomorrow. OnTheWight will have the news as soon as the case is heard.

Thursday, 12th May, 2016 10:31pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments