EDUCATION FILE: Why ‘bunking off’ is no longer an option

South Wales Argus: Alonzi Fish and Chip shop on Caerleon Road has placed a truancy free zone poster in the shop window, to deter pupils from local schools.  Pictured is the poster visible in the shop window. (9973683)

5:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

IT'S referred to as bunking off, skiving, mitching, or truancy. With the new school term underway, Gwent's schools are concentrating on one of their most important targets - attendance - as EMMA MACKINTOSH reports.

EDUCATION FILE: What to do when you've got your A-level results?

South Wales Argus: NERVOUS WAIT: Students across Wales will be opening their A-level results on Thursday.

5:30pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TO the outside world, exam results season comes round every year - but for those going through it, it can be a stressful, time for decision-making. EMMA MACKINTOSH looks at the options available.

EDUCATION FILE: Dangers of drugs taught to children

South Wales Argus: Territorial Army Barracks, King Henry VIII school pupils learning about safety. Year 7 pupils from King Henry VIII School looking for clues in a makeshift bedroom as to whether the person involved is being bullied. (4551703)

4:28pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

TACKLING drug and substance misuse, and raising all-round safety awareness starts at a young age in Gwent, as EMMA MACKINTOSH reports.

EDUCATION FILE: Project helps parents to help their children

South Wales Argus: English revision class  (6246380)

12:04pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

As part of a nationwide drive to push up standards of literacy and numeracy, schools are not just boosting the skills of their students - increasingly, they are involving parents too, as EMMA MACKINTOSH reports.

EDUCATION FILE: Does financial education in schools add up?

South Wales Argus: FINANCE EDUCATION: Pupils at St Woolos Primary School check out costs of products as part of a maths lesson

3:32pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

For many school leavers the world of work, wages and debt can come as a shock, so some Gwent teens and an AM are calling for more financial education in schools, as EMMA MACKINTOSH reports.

EDUCATION FILE: Newport schools tackle city's high exclusion rate

South Wales Argus: SWA ST Emma Mackintosh 16/05/2013

Generic pictures of primary school pupils sitting their National Reading Tests (1292045)

6:10pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE city may have the highest rate of permanent exclusions in the whole of Wales, but Newport's schools are working to keep as many children in education as possible, as EMMA MACKINTOSH reports.

EDUCATION FILE: The role of the governing body

South Wales Argus: Head of Caldicot School governors Peter Nurcombe. Pictured is Peter at home in Portskewett. (4244791)

3:02pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

MANY people think the buck stops with the head teacher of a school, but do not underestimate the role of the "critical friend" - the governing body, as EMMA MACKINTOSH explains.

EDUCATION FILE: All change again for Wales’ school system

South Wales Argus: EDUCATION FILE: All change again for Wales’ school system

2:10pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

The past two years has seen a range of reports, investigations, league tables and statistics about Welsh education and its structure. EMMA MACKINTOSH takes a look back through the sea of paperwork.

EDUCATION FILE: A turbulent year for education in Gwent

South Wales Argus: EDUCATION FILE: A turbulent year for education in Gwent

7:03pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

2013 PROVED to be a turbulent year for Gwent’s education system, continuing a trend which began two years previously when first Blaenau Gwent, and now Monmouthshire and Torfaen councils, have seen their education departments fall into special measures.

EDUCATION FILE: Wales gets worse in maths and science

6:07pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

WITH yet another disappointing set of international Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results for Wales, experts are calling for a complete turn-around in our nation’s attitude towards low achievement in schools.

EDUCATION FILE: Education does not have to stop when you leave school

South Wales Argus: EDUCATION: Adult learners taking part in a course offered by the Gwent Adult Community Learning Partnership, a franchise based within Coleg Gwent.

2:36pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

FROM learning in the workplace to taking up courses in the community, education does not have to stop when you leave school. But the economy and funding has a big part to play in the sector's success and survival.

EDUCATION FILE: Three-year-olds in Wales could learn computing

South Wales Argus: EARLY START: Pupils at the Dell Primary School in Chepstow are using iPads

7:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

In a world where people are constantly using apps on computers, tablets and mobile phones at work and during their spare time, the younger generation could soon be learning how to code and the science of computing from the age of three. EMMA MACKINTOSH investigates

EDUCATION FILE: First week of term nerves for children going to "big school"

South Wales Argus: Fairwater High School headteacher, Helen Coulson with pupils of year 7  (1056172)

1:52pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

IT IS a feeling everyone is familiar with: start-of-term nerves as the summer holidays end and everyone goes back to school.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Pupils lead the way in teaching iPad benefits

South Wales Argus: 21st-CENTURY LEARNERS: Pupils at The Dell School in Chepstow are using iPads

4:52pm Wednesday 19th June 2013

PUPILS at a Chepstow primary school have leapt into the 21st century as their school has become an official iPad training academy.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Testing time for pupils is bid to raise standards

South Wales Argus: TESTING TIMES: Pupils in Wales have this month been sitting reading and numeracy tests

4:40pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013

NEW reading and numeracy tests are being rolled out across Wales by the Welsh Government for six-to 14-year-olds to try to raise standards.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Pupils help tackle bullying in Gwent schools

South Wales Argus: SPECIALLY TRAINED: Some of the anti-bullying buddies at Abertillery Comprehensive School

3:40pm Wednesday 24th April 2013

Buddies are patrolling a playground near you, as schools across Gwent introduce new measures to tackle bullying. SOPHIE BROWNSON reports.

EDUCATION FILE: New twists aim to get children active for life

South Wales Argus: TAKING OFF: Blackwood Comprehensive School trampolining team member Aled Williams, 15, in the school’s gym

4:50pm Wednesday 27th March 2013

SPORT Wales, the national body responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales, is preparing to launch its second ever national school sport survey.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Newport's pupils are among brightest in Wales

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT AND KEEN: Newport infant and junior school pupils score highly in the latest Wales performance review

2:20pm Wednesday 27th February 2013

INFANTS and junior school pupils in Newport are among the brightest in Wales.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Hopes that new Blaenau Gwent college will turn education around

South Wales Argus: IMPRESSIVE: The Ebbw Fawr Learning Community School

3:50pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

AREAS of Gwent have some of the highest proportion of people with no qualifications in the whole of Wales, the latest Census results show. We look at what is happening in the worst affected area to try to turn things around.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Llantarnam school changes 'will be swift'

South Wales Argus: SPECIAL MEASURES: Llantarnam Comprehensive School

2:51pm Wednesday 28th November 2012

A TORFAEN school, Llantarnam Comprehensive School, is in special measures just months after the authority’s education department narrowly escaped the same fate. Education director Mark Provis talks about the authority’s plans for improvement.

THE EDUCATION FILE: Crucial exam decisions that will affect Wales pupils

South Wales Argus: CRUCIAL TIME: Karyn Keane , head teacher at Newport High School, Bettws

2:00pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012

GCSEs have been scrapped in England in favour of the new EBACC qualification to be introduced in 2015. But the future of the qualification remains unclear in Wales.

EDUCATION FILE: How to have a sure start at school

South Wales Argus: A NEW ADVENTURE: Holly Prime, five, left, helps sister Emilia, four, on her first day at school

1:10pm Wednesday 5th September 2012

AS HUNDREDS of youngsters across Gwent started school for the first time this week, parents and teachers tell us about how best to manage the milestone.

Still hope if you don’t quite make the grade

South Wales Argus: BE PREPARED: It’s never too early to show interest in university clearing says Newport’s deputy vice chancellor Graham Rogers

3:50pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

A-level students across the country are eagerly awaiting their exam results. While for many it will be a time for celebration, others won’t make their grades. However, help is at hand through the university clearing process.

EDUCATION FILE: Baccalaureate yet to convince sceptics

South Wales Argus: IS IT WORTH IT? The Welsh Baccalaureate is the subject of much speculation

2:50pm Wednesday 11th July 2012

Pupils in Welsh schools are said to be busier than ever, with many now sitting traditional A-levels and GCSEs alongside the Welsh Baccalaureate.

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