Benefit cuts 'risk child poverty rise'

BBC - 15 hours 29 min ago
The government should end its planned cuts to benefits to prevent more young people falling into poverty, the four UK children's commissioners say.
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Role for top schools in improvement

BBC - 15 hours 41 min ago
Top-performing council-run schools in England should be able to play a role in improving struggling schools, the Local Government Association says.
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Students 'turning to payday lenders'

BBC - 15 hours 47 min ago
Tens of thousands of students are relying on payday loans to cover their daily living costs, a survey suggests.
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Academies do not perform significantly better than local authority schools, says research

The Independent - 16 hours 44 min ago

Children in schools that have converted into academies do not perform significantly better than pupils in similar schools that choose to remain under local authority control, research suggests.











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Extremists barred from university and college campuses as part of renewed crackdown

The Independent - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 19:31

Universities and colleges will be forced to vet external speakers for “extremist” views as part of a renewed crackdown on radicalisation, ministers have indicated.











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School governors to be on database

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 18:06
In response to the Trojan Horse allegations, a national database of of school governors in England is going to be created.
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Schools' new rules on extremism

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 17:32
Schools are given legal obligations to support counter-extremism, but teachers raise concerns over 'spying'.
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Facebook helps students learn complex subjects - and should be used as a serious learning tool, study suggests

The Independent - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 15:35

Facebook helps students learn complex subjects – like science – and should possibly be used as a serious learning tool, a first-of-its-kind study has suggested.











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Dimbleby quits UCL over Tim Hunt row

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 14:02
Jonathan Dimbleby resigns from his honorary fellowship at University College London, in protest over its refusal to reinstate Prof Sir Tim Hunt.
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Homophobia 'may be sign of extremism'

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 10:36
The education secretary suggests extreme homophobia could be one sign as new advice goes out to schools on how to identify potential extremists.
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Malala in America: Advocate talks to sold-out crowds in California about young women's rights, Islam and extremism

The Independent - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 09:59

Cracking jokes about her family and recalling her home in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai had a weekend unlike many other teenagers’ as she continued to captivate audiences across America with a series of lectures in her latest tour of the country.











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'Coasting schools' face tough targets

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 09:07
Hundreds of schools are being told to raise their exam results, under plans announced by the education secretary.
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Is academy status the answer for 'coasting' schools?

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 02:42
Is academy status the answer for 'coasting' schools?
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Pupil-premium impact 'will take time'

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 01:00
Funding given to schools for poorer children has "potential", says the government spending watchdog, but will take time to achieve a real change.
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Education secretary raises the bar with new 'coasting schools' criteria

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 00:01

Nicky Morgan says secondary schools will be classed as coasting if they fail to ensure that 60% of pupils get five good GCSE grades

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has defined “coasting schools” as those that fail to ensure 60% of pupils get five good GCSE grades, leaving the schools liable for intervention.

Morgan has delivered the definition a month after the term was introduced in the Queen’s speech, alongside a warning that she wants to “shine a light on complacency”.

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School budget cuts undermining pupil premium, says watchdog

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 00:01

Funds given to schools to narrow attainment gap is being cancelled out in some cases by cuts in other funding, National Audit Office finds

Extra funding given to schools to support the nation’s poorest children and narrow the attainment gap is being undermined by budget cuts that are beginning to bite in even the most disadvantaged schools, according to a report.

The government pays the pupil premium directly to schools as extra funding for children aged five to 16 from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with the aim of improving their academic performance.

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Bowel surgery death rate 'too high'

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 00:00
Too many patients are dying following emergency bowel surgery, experts who have done a comprehensive audit warn.
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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 22:31

Counter-Terrorism Act, which also applies to NHS trusts, schools and further education institutions, comes into force

Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.

The requirement was imposed by this year’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, and Home Office ministers have pointed out that the wide-ranging powers come into force in the week that David Cameron demanded “a full spectrum response” to the killing of as many as 30 British tourists in Tunisia.

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Supreme court to re-enter affirmative action debate in University of Texas case

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 18:47

Justices to hear case on race in admission policy for the second time after white woman sues over rejected application to Austin campus

The US supreme court on Monday agreed to wade back into a years-long legal battle over the use of race in the undergraduate admissions process at the University of Texas, setting the stage for a seminal challenge to affirmative action in higher education.

In a one-line order on the last day of an eventful session, the justices said they would return to the case involving Abigail Fisher, a white student from Texas, who was denied admission by the university’s Austin campus in 2008 under its race-conscious admissions policy. After her rejection, Fisher and her lawyers sued the university for discrimination.

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Time to keep stumm

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 18:00

Some things are better left unsaid …

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