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Central Saint Martins refunds dramatic writing students

Central Saint Martins refunds dramatic writing students 11 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Central Saint Martins has refunded all first year dramatic writing students A top UK fashion institution has given 21 students who took a dramatic writing course a full £5,000 refund. Central Saint Martins, whose alumni include Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, said the 2016-17 dramatic writing masters course had fallen “below our usual standards”. It said students had complained about the size of the class, “teaching intensity” and poor organisation. It is the first time the college has made a group reimbursement. ‘Duty...

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Food banks expected to help ‘record number of children’

Food banks expected to help ‘record number of children’ By Harry Kretchmer BBC Radio 4, You and Yours 11 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Record numbers of children are expected to be fed by food banks this Christmas, the UK’s largest food charity has warned. The Trussell Trust told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours the next UK City of Culture, Coventry, is now also home to the UK’s busiest food banks. It also said changes to Universal Credit “do not go far enough”. The Department for Work and Pensions said new advance payments would help the transition...

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Two-year degrees to lower tuition fees

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 10 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More students will be encouraged to take degrees in two years Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years with a £5,500 saving in tuition fees, says the universities minister Jo Johnson. Undergraduate courses will be condensed into “accelerated” degrees, with fees 20% less than a three-year course. Mr Johnson said he wants to “break the mould” of a system in which three-year degrees have “crowded out” any more flexible ways of studying. The Office for Fair...

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Grammar schools ‘contrary to common good’ – Archbishop of Canterbury

Grammar schools ‘contrary to common good’ – Archbishop of Canterbury 9 December 2017 Image copyright PA Image caption Justin Welby says governments should not look to the past to improve education The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised grammar schools as “contrary to the notion of the common good”. Speaking in the House of Lords, the Most Rev Justin Welby called for education to focus on “drawing the best out of every person”, rather than a selective approach. He said governments should not look to the past and “waste our time rummaging there for the solutions of tomorrow.” Some Tory...

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‘Come out in class – if you want to’, teachers urged

‘Come out in class – if you want to’, teachers urged By Judith Burns Education reporter 9 December 2017 Image copyright Burnwood Community School Image caption Grahame Colclough: “Nothing was whispered, rushed, or secretive” When senior teacher Grahame Colclough and his long-term partner Jon decided to get married, his head teacher made the announcement in a school assembly. She presented gifts to the couple who had “been together for years”. “Nothing was whispered, rushed or secretive,” Grahame remembers. Now, guidance from the heads’ union NAHT urges all schools to be similarly supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff...

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