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Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter 20 October 2017 From the section Family & Education Image caption Cambridge is ranked one of the top universities globally The sheer dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been revealed in newly released data. Four-fifths of students accepted at Oxbridge between 2010 and 2015 had parents with top professional and managerial jobs, and the numbers have been edging upwards. The data, obtained by David Lammy MP, also shows a “shocking” regional bias, with more offers made to...

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Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’

Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’ 20 October 2017 From the section Wales comments Cash reserves held by schools in Wales have dropped by 28% since last year which “should ring alarm bells”, a teaching union has warned. A new report showed schools have total reserves of £46m, equivalent to £102 per pupil – down from £64m in 2016. The National Association of Head Teachers Cymru said schools are using reserves to “plug” funding shortfalls. The Welsh Government said it has “challenged” councils to ensure schools are making good use of their funding. Last year, Education...

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10 fines at the dentist… that weren’t fine

By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent 20 October 2017 From the section Family & Education Image copyright PA When dentists warned that tens of thousands of people were being unfairly fined £100 after a visit to the surgery – it prompted a big response from the audience. They described their distress at getting mistakenly caught up in a system of penalties intended to catch fraudsters getting free treatment. They talked of their confusion over forms and complained that fines had been applied without adequate checks. The NHS Business Services Authority is looking for ways to improve information and simplify forms. “I am most distraught because I received a penalty charge notice two days ago. I have worked most of my life and paid my NHS contributions. After suffering from breast cancer, the aftercare treatment had a horrendous effect on me, especially on my teeth. So I contacted the emergency dentist and on arrival I was asked for my NHS exempt card, which I provided. “I received one filling – and weeks later the penalty charge notice came through the door. I am being fined £100. “As I am on a low income and could not afford to pay the fine, I have been given the option to pay over a period of months. I am upset to the extreme to have received this fine.” “The same...

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St Olave’s A-level row head suspended

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent 19 October 2017 From the section Family & Education Image copyright PA Image caption St Olave’s was at the centre of a controversy over pupils being removed from the school before A-levels The grammar school head teacher at the centre of a row about pupils not being able to stay on to take A-levels has been suspended. Aydin Onac has been suspended as head of St Olave’s school in Orpington. Parents had threatened legal action after pupils had to leave the school before the final upper sixth year. It raised questions about...

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‘He hid in a cupboard – we just couldn’t get him to school’

‘He hid in a cupboard – we just couldn’t get him to school’ 19 October 2017 From the section Family & Education The pressures of school life can be tough for a lot of kids, but for a child who’s experienced abuse, neglect and years in care, the strain can be even greater. When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special educational needs were not immediately apparent. Ryan is smart, bright and eager to please – every teacher’s dream. But the trauma of his early years meant the day-to-day expectations of mainstream school were...

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