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£14,000 tuition fees planned for shorter degree courses

Universities in England will be able to charge higher annual fees for shorter degree courses, under plans from the government. Students will be able to get a degree in two years rather than three – and save a year’s living … Continue reading

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Fresh setback for 30-hour nursery place scheme

There’s been a further setback to ministers’ plans to offer all pre-school children in England an extra 15 hours of childcare a week. A fifth of nursery providers delivering the current 15 hours’ entitlement say they won’t be offering the … Continue reading

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Halle Orchestra plans to open Stoke-on-Trent school

A leading international orchestra is planning to open a state school and make it a centre of excellence for music. The Halle Orchestra wants to open a school in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020, for both primary and secondary pupils. The orchestra … Continue reading

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Almost third of university academics from outside UK

Almost a third of university academics in the UK are from outside the UK, according to figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. And almost one in five is from a country in the European Union. University leaders have … Continue reading

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Teacher changes accent to avoid 'village idiot' tag

Some teachers are altering their accents in class to avoid negative reactions, a small study suggests. One teacher, from Bristol, told researchers he did not want to be seen as “a village idiot” or “a thick yokel who lives on … Continue reading

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School funding changes 'risk injustice'

The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England’s schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought. The F40 group, which campaigned for 20 years for the funding overhaul, is warning that some poorly … Continue reading

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School days 'could be shortened' to save money at seven schools

Pupils at seven schools could have shorter days after a trust head say he may have to cut hours to save money. Dave Baker, of the Olympus Trust which operates near Bristol, said government cuts had left it at “crisis … Continue reading

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Head resigns over school funding crisis

A head teacher has resigned in protest over the school funding crisis, telling parents she had not gone into teaching to cut the number of teachers or increase class sizes. Mary Sandell, head of the Forest School in Winnersh, Berkshire, … Continue reading

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Pupils to sit times tables check from 2019

Pupils in England will sit a times tables check, from 2019, at the end of their primary years, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed. Multiplication was a “very important” part of a child’s mathematics knowledge, Mr Gibb said. Plans for … Continue reading

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School building repairs 'to cost £6.7bn', report estimates

The government has pledged billions for new free schools while existing school buildings in England are deteriorating, says the official spending watchdog. Repairing all school buildings to a satisfactory standard will cost an estimated £6.7bn, according to a National Audit … Continue reading

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