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Top universities face strike action over pension changes

Top universities face strike action over pension changes By Judith Burns Education reporter 22 January 2018 Image caption If talks fail, some universities could face strike action next month Top universities could face strikes next month after staff backed action over changes to their pensions. Overall, 61 universities could be affected after members of the University and College Union backed industrial action. The union says changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement. The umbrella group Universities UK called the result disappointing. The UCU says its higher education committee...

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Children’s centres undermined by ministers, says charity

Children’s centres undermined by ministers, says charity By Marc Ashdown and Judith Burns BBC News 22 January 2018 Image caption Children’s centres are a lifeline for families, say campaigners Alka Dass, from High Wycombe, describes her local children’s centre as “a lifeline”. She says professional staff there helped bring her back from postnatal depression and grief after a family bereavement. But the centre, along with 35 others in Buckinghamshire, faces closure under a council plan to replace them with nine “community hubs” and save £3m a year. A new analysis by a children’s charity accuses ministers of undermining England’s...

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Muslim school challenges critical Ofsted report

Luton Islamic school complains over critical Ofsted report 19 January 2018 Image copyright Google Image caption The Olive Tree Primary School in Luton is an Islamic day school that caters for nearly 80 pupils aged between five and 11 years old Governors at an Islamic school have lodged a complaint over a highly critical report. Ofsted found pupils at the independent Olive Tree Primary School in Luton had to ask for toilet paper and wash their cutlery in toilet sinks. Chair of governors Dr Nurul Islam said a number of issues had been “rectified” and a formal complaint lodged...

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Children draw their future job ambitions

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 19 January 2018 Image caption Many girls in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Colombia and Indonesia aspired to be a doctor Young people in developing countries often have more aspirational career ambitions than boys in the UK, an international survey suggests. While boys in the UK aimed to be footballers or YouTube stars, their counterparts in Uganda and Zambia wanted to be doctors or teachers. The findings are from a survey of 20,000 children by the Education and Employers careers charity. The results are to be presented to business leaders at Davos next...

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University of Kent boss given extra £45,000 payout

University of Kent boss given extra £45,000 payout 18 January 2018 Image caption Dame Julia Goodfellow was awarded £25,000 for “remarkable leadership” A retiring University of Kent vice-chancellor received a final pay packet of £324,000, sparking criticism it is “one rule for the few at the top and another for everyone else”. Dame Julia Goodfellow was given an extra £45,000 in July, compared to the previous year’s salary. The university said the deal was in part “recognition of her sustained high performance”. The University and College Union (UCU) said more scrutiny on pay is needed. Dame Julia left her...

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