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Academic selection: Policy group criticises 'negative impact'

A policy group run by the Department of Education (DE) has criticised the impact of academic selection. The department’s strategic planning and policy development forum also criticised a number of the department’s policies for promoting inclusion. Academic selection concentrated “lower-achieving … Continue reading

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'Firmer grip' needed on education improvement grants

There has been a lack of effective monitoring of a grant designed to help some of lowest achieving children in Wales, the assembly’s influential education committee has warned. The Welsh Government needs a “firmer grip” of the Education Improvement Grant … Continue reading

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Watchdog to pursue essay-cheat websites

The universities watchdog is being asked to pursue websites advertising essay-writing services for students. Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he wanted “tough action” against the spread of plagiarism and the commercial industry it has spawned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) … Continue reading

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Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle “significant teacher shortages” in England, a committee of MPs has said. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan, as schools struggle to recruit enough teachers and pupil … Continue reading

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Schools fear business rate rise will be 'breaking point'

A sharp rise in schools’ business rates could push some budgets beyond breaking point, say head teachers’ leaders. Business rates, charged on property in England, are due to change in April for the first time in seven years. Calculations by … Continue reading

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Third of children 'not reaching expectations'

Analysis by Save the Children suggests that in 2020 more than 800,000 children will be at risk of starting school behind their peers in areas like literacy and numeracy. Kayte Lawton, head of UK Policy at Save the Children, tells … Continue reading

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University applications 'depends heavily on where you live'

Teenagers’ likelihood of applying to university depends heavily on where they live, according to new figures. The study, by the Press Association (PA) news agency, showed London had the highest application rate of 47%, while the South West had the … Continue reading

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'Say the big words'

It is news that no-one wants to say and no-one wants to hear. But what is the best way to tell your child that you have cancer? By 2020 half of the British population under 60 will be living with … Continue reading

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Early deaths among care leavers revealed

Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people, Freedom of Information figures reveal. They show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 … Continue reading

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Swipe right for new 'mum friends'

A new app aimed at mothers has launched in London and New York, aimed at helping mums build friendships. Peanut adopts the format of dating apps such as Tinder where mothers upload profiles and pictures and “swipe” to register their … Continue reading

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