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University first-class degrees soaring

University first-class degrees soaring By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent 20 July 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright PA Image caption The proportion of first-class degrees has more than trebled since the 1990s The proportion of top degree grades being awarded by UK universities has soared – with some universities giving first-class degrees to more than a third of their students. The University of Surrey awarded a first-class degree to 41% of students last year, more than doubling the proportion five years ago. And firsts awarded at the University of East Anglia have almost trebled to 37%....

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Chelmsford school will cut teaching hours from autumn

Chelmsford school will cut teaching hours from autumn 19 July 2017 From the section Essex Image caption Joe Wincott said the school’s budget has been cut by £450,000 since 2011 A secondary school will cut an hour of teaching a week from the autumn in a bid to save £100,000. Joe Wincott of The Sandon School in Chelmsford, Essex said an extra £1.3bn promised by the government was too late to help it in the next academic year. The head teacher said cutting lessons from 26 to 25 hours a week would allow him to balance the school budget....

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NI health and education benefit in £131m funding boost

NI health and education benefit in £131m funding boost By Julian O’Neill BBC News NI Business Correspondent 19 July 2017 From the section Northern Ireland Image copyright PA Image caption James Brokenshire says a “critical point” is approaching for Northern Ireland’s finances Health and education are the major beneficiaries of £131m in additional money for Northern Ireland. The move was announced by Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, as part of a reallocation of funds known as a monitoring round. Health is to receive most of the cash – £60m – with education getting £30m. The remainder of the money...

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Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts

Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts 19 July 2017 From the section UK Politics comments Image copyright Press Association Image caption Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,250 this term Labour has “no plans” to write off existing student debt and has never promised to do so, the party’s education spokeswoman has insisted. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner accused the Tories of “wilfully misrepresenting” its plans amid claims such a move could cost £100bn. During the election, Jeremy Corbyn said he would act to reduce the debt burden of students having to...

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EBacc target for 90% of pupils delayed

EBacc target for 90% of pupils delayed 19 July 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright Getty Images Plans to make 90% of pupils in England study the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) by 2020 have been abandoned. Instead 75% of pupils will be expected to study this combination of core academic subjects by 2022, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced. The Department for Education has set a new target for 90% of pupils to take the subjects by 2025. School leaders said the EBacc was increasingly looking like the performance measure that time forgot. They said it had been...

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