Have we got advice for you: DfE ‘learns lessons’ from Mark Steel campaign

The Guardian Unlimited - 10 hours 50 min ago
DfE officials fear media-savvy parent campaigns; ‘top’ primary school under investigation; strange goings-on in Lewisham; and yet another controversial conversion

Government departments are not often portrayed as underdogs. But this seems to be the implication of a Department for Education email, leaked to us, in which officials appear to bemoan the difficulties they face when lined up against organised and media-friendly opponents of their academies policy.

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University funding reform ‘will cause brain drain’ to London

The Guardian Unlimited - 12 hours 40 min ago
Unfashionable areas of study face funding cuts under new proposals Continue reading...
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From the Moon to mongooses, crowdfunding rescues science research

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 20/12/2014 - 14:48
Online donors have pledged more than £3bn to help science studies Continue reading...
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Heroes of 2014: Danielle George, the scientist encouraging kids to take things apart

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 20/12/2014 - 12:00
The Manchester University professor will explain how to hack everyday objects in her Faraday Christmas lectures Continue reading...
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Secret Teacher: what if Ofsted and the DfE got their hands on Christmas?

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 20/12/2014 - 07:00

Gifts, mince pies and crackers must display the objective of Christmas, which can no longer be deemed satisfactory
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Should I take an online language course – or go to my local college?

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 20/12/2014 - 07:00
I plan to learn Spanish in the new year – but wonder if there is an effective alternative to £200-a-term classes Continue reading...
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Secret Santa: 'there is always the resident office scrooge'

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:25

The yearly office ritual of secret Santa is upon us. And it’s no simple task to organise. One academic recounts the experience in six stages

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Ed Balls has passed grade four piano. Congratulations to him

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:23
As one who also came to the piano late, I admire the shadow chancellor for his musical achievement
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Record 500,000 started university

BBC - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:17
Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
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Try the Royal Statistical Society Christmas quiz

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:12

Try and get through the quiz requiring a large dose of mental agility at this festive time of year and win a subscription to Significance magazine

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Want to earn money while you study? Consider becoming a tutor

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:07

If you like teaching and know your university subject well, tutoring could be a good way to make money

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More lower-income students going to university despite tuition fees

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 09:48

Ucas figures show overall admissions in 2014 were at a record 512,400, with 10% rise in candidates from poorer families

The number of students securing degree places at UK universities and colleges topped half a million for the first time in 2014, with 512,400 people gaining places and a rise of 10% in those from the poorest households.

Universities are making record levels of offers to would-be students amid intense competition to attract good candidates, official figures from the Ucas admissions service suggest.

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Minister 'tackling' poor pupil funds

BBC - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 09:40
The government is "working on a solution" to avoid a drop in school funding for the poorest pupils because all England's infants now get free meals.
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Statistics watchdog ticks off Morgan

BBC - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 09:33
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is criticised by the UK Statistics Authority over her use of statistics.
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British, Muslim and want to work in PR? Brace yourself for the bumpy ride

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 09:30

PR can be fascinating and rewarding but a lack of diversity means it’s hard work being a minority in this industry
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Primary school pupils 'still hungry'

BBC - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 08:27
Half of younger primary school children in Wales are still hungry some or all of the time after eating their school meal, the children's commissioner says
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Free school meals take off, boys text talk and support for Roma students

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 07:00

Education round up: Nick Clegg says cynics of free school meals can eat their sprouts, primary school boys more likely to use text language and Ofsted champion support for Roma children

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Minister in maternity leave first

BBC - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 06:13
Scotland's children's minister becomes the first member of the Holyrood government to take maternity leave.
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Universities 'admitting more students with low A-levels'

Telegraph - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 06:00
The head of UCAS says the higher education system is becoming a "buyers' market for applicants" as students get record numbers of offers from universities






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VIDEO: Have free school meals meant less cash?

BBC - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 19:45
The BBC's Alex Forsyth investigates whether free school meals for infant pupils in England has had an impact on the pupil premium funding.
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