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04 May 2017 | by Lucy Hodges

Upping the tech ante

The new technical training qualification, the T-level, has been hailed as the most ambitious post-16 education reform for 70 years. Lucy Hodges asks whether it will live up to the hype

04 May 2017 | by Werner Jeanrond

The teacher who inspired me

My first meeting with theologian Fr David Tracy took place at Medici’s, a famous South Side Chicago pizzeria, in September 1979 when David was 40 and I was 24, writes Werner Jeanrond.

04 May 2017 | by Philip Robinson

Finding purpose in religious education

Reforms to the GCSE in religious education mean Judaism is now taught alongside Catholic theology. Philip Robinson, who advises the Catholic Education Service on RE, explains why the bishops have made this decision and what they hope to achieve with the reforms

04 May 2017 | by Geraldine Hackett

Learning for life

With no hope of an imminent return home for Syrian refugees, many of the young are seeking an education elsewhere. Geraldine Hackett looks at the efforts being made by schools and universities to rebuild shattered dreams

Pupil referral units educate some of the most troubled children when conventional schools have given up. Isabel de Bertodano visits one in Bristol and discovers an inspiring place where pupils are thriving

Strong leadership has ensured the full inclusion of children with hearing difficulties and other needs

Teacher shortages are hitting Catholic schools hard, with some unable to recruit for long periods. Dorothy Lepkowska examines the problem and discovers one solution that may be paying dividends

I was not a good pupil and when I joined Bedales School in Hampshire I was too lazy for academic success to be my priority, writes Roxanna Panufnik. However, I was good at music and in Jonathan Willcocks I found my first inspirational teacher.

A new commission has been charged with reviewing religious ­education in schools. Anthony Towey, who is on the panel, describes the many challenges facing the subject in the twenty-first century

With its aroma of European sophistication, the International Baccalaureate diploma promises a future of multilingual job prospects in the globalised cities of the modern world. Susan Young assesses the pros and cons of the programme and asks why it is attractive to Catholic schools


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