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Former Ofsted chief Wilshaw to work with schools in India

Sir Michael Wilshaw, who recently stepped down as the high-profile head of Ofsted, has revealed his next plans. England’s former chief inspector of schools is going to become a senior adviser to the Dubai-based GEMS Education firm. Sir Michael was … Continue reading

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Friends 'key to fewer school dropouts'

Schools should encourage pupils with poor grades to mix with stronger students if they want to keep them in education, suggests a study. Positive parental and friendship group influences are key to cutting drop-out rates, according to Arizona State University … Continue reading

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'Research schools' for social mobility zones

Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a wave of “research schools” to raise standards in disadvantaged parts of England. This will be part of an announcement of six more “opportunity areas”, where efforts will be focused to improve social … Continue reading

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Golden idea

By Matt Pickles . A Chinese technology billionaire has created the world’s most valuable education prize. The Yidan Prize will award nearly $8m (£6.64m) every year to two research projects that have the potential to “transform” global education. Charles Chen … Continue reading

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'Inspiring, determined, kind': Who are these London schoolgirls describing?

As the US first lady spends her final days at the White House, schoolgirls thousands of miles away in London have been reflecting on the impact she has had on their lives. Michelle Obama gave an inspiring speech at The … Continue reading

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Treasury and Education Announce Progress Toward Multi-Year Income Certification System for Student Loan Borrowers in Income-Driven Repayment Plans

The Departments of Treasury and Education announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework regarding the requirements for electronically sharing tax data over multiple years for federal student loan borrowers participating in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) … Continue reading

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Launching ED’s Developer Hub

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launches its first developer hub, a dedicated space for centralizing our developer resources, documenting open government efforts at the agency, and celebrating what you have built using ED data and code. Work began … Continue reading

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Knowsley has plans to offer A-levels again

Knowsley is planning to offer its young people A-levels again, with government and local representatives holding meetings over a new A-level centre. The last school in the borough to teach A-levels, Halewood Academy, announced last year that it could no … Continue reading

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Poor public transport puts rural schools out of reach

Three out of five young people in rural areas of England do not have adequate public transport to get to secondary school, according to research from Rural England. The State of Rural Services report says lack of public transport is … Continue reading

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SQA 'urgently needs to build trust'

Urgent work is needed to rebuild the relationship between Scotland’s teachers and the country’s exam body, according to MSPs. Holyrood’s education committee said it had heard “eye-opening” accounts of unclear guidance and mistakes in exam papers. A survey of teachers … Continue reading

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