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Third of state schools in cash deficit

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent 25 September 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 9,000 schools in deficit, according to an answer revealed by ministers “We’re trying to operate on a shoestring,” says Tim Rawling, chair of governors of a South Gloucestershire primary school. Staple Hill Primary School is expecting to go into budget deficit this year, with fears of cuts and job losses. It will not be alone as there were more than 9,000 state schools in England in a similar position last year, according to figures revealed...

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Bath Spa Uni brands transgender reversal plan ‘politically incorrect’

Bath Spa Uni brands transgender reversal plan ‘politically incorrect’ 25 September 2017 From the section Somerset Image copyright Dave Napier/Geograph Image caption Bath Spa University told Mr Caspian his research “might cause criticism on social media” A university has blocked research into gender reassignment reversal surgery because it is “politically incorrect”, a researcher has claimed. Psychotherapist James Caspian said his study was refused by Bath Spa University which told him “it’s better not to offend people”. Mr Caspian, who works with transgender people, believes that “growing numbers” who have transitioned then regret it. The university said it is carrying...

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Four in 10 parents ‘asked to give to school funds’

Four in 10 parents ‘asked to give to school funds’ By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter 22 September 2017 From the section Education & Family comments Image copyright Getty Images Four in 10 parents are being asked to contribute regularly to school funds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a survey suggests. Schools have often asked parents for contributions to a school fund at the start of the year, the Parent Teacher Association UK said. Its survey of 1,507 parents found a third regularly gave to school funds in the last year. The Department for Education said no...

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Students in Wales taking out loans to afford ‘luxury’ flats

Students in Wales taking out loans to afford ‘luxury’ flats 22 September 2017 From the section Wales comments Image copyright Architect’s impression Image caption Universities like Swansea are spending millions – including on a £30m activity centre on the Singleton campus Students are taking out pay day loans to live in luxury flats in a bid to avoid poor standard accommodation, it has been claimed. Since January plans to build about 3,500 new student rooms in Swansea and Cardiff have been submitted. The National Union of Students (NUS) said many were struggling to pay high rents in a bid...

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Great Yarmouth Charter Academy: Parents remove children

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy: Parents remove children By Mariam Issimdar BBC News 20 September 2017 From the section Norfolk Image caption The former Great Yarmouth High School has been taken over by the Inspiration Trust and reopened on 6 September A new academy which forbids slouching and talking in corridors has seen 20 pupils leave since the start of term, parents have claimed. Those removing their children from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy cited “draconian” new behaviour rules. Norfolk County Council said 13 parents had made transfer requests, but could not comment on the number claimed. But a spokesman for...

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