Labour could scrap GCSEs within a decade – weekly news review

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 07:00

Hundreds of students caught with drugs in schools, Nicky Morgan vows to protect minority language exams and warnings about the risks of rugby

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Parental engagement: tips, tricks and how to make it work – live chat

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 07:00

Join us on Wednesday 29 April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm to discuss ideas, share best practice and debate how teachers can communicate effectively with parents

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Headteachers unhappy with all parties’ education policies

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 00:01

Survey of state school leaders finds only one in five back Labour proposals, with Tories and Lib Dems faring even worse

A majority of headteachers are unconvinced by the competing education policies being offered by any of the political parties in next month’s general election, according to a survey of state school leaders across England. The poll, conducted by The Key education consultancy and Ipsos Mori, found that 58% of the 1,200 heads, deputy heads and financial officers said they were undecided about which party was best equipped to improve the education system in England. Just one in five of those polled named Labour as best equipped, while less than 7% named the Conservatives and a miserly 2.5% named the Liberal Democrats.

Those surveyed were clear that the current government’s performance on education did not meet with their approval, with 77% saying they were dissatisfied, including 45% who said they were very dissatisfied.

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Top universities as rated by students - the list in full

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 23:59
New rankings, published by Whatuni, reveal the top universities in the country based on the reviews of 20,000 students. Does your university feature?







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Loughborough University awarded 'university of the year'

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 23:59
Loughborough University has been named Whatuni university of the year, based on the reviews of over 20,000 students







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Apprenticeship scheme's £144m boost

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 20:39
£144m will be spent on 52,000 apprenticeships across Wales over the next four years, the first minister announces.
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Hundreds of successful women from the arts inspire the next generation

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 19:33

Miriam González Durántez’s Inspiring Women campaign paired girls from 15 comprehensive schools with artists, directors, actors, authors and designers

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The human cost of funding cuts: diversity declines among college leaders

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:40

Spending cuts are undoing all the hard work that’s gone into ensuring black, Asian and minority ethnic staff are fairly represented in senior leadership

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Catholic girls' school students warned sex outside marriage can 'destroy their soul'

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:38
Warnings contained in Single Catholic's Guide handed out to teenagers at Coloma Convent Girls' School, in Shirley, Croydon, during Sixth Form talk







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Immigration rules could damage British culture, say leading figures in arts

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:38

Actors, writers and other creative talents argue in letter that many students who could contribute to UK cultural life are likely to be forced to leave by rules that penalise freelancers

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Award launched to celebrate northern universities

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:26
The shortlist for 'university of the year' has been announced as part of a new award designed to celebrate the achievements of institutions in the North of England







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Sir Christopher Bayly obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:08

Leading historian of India who took an Asian-centred view of the British empire

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Students offered lessons on drag art

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 17:18
A university is offering classes on the art of drag to drama and dance undergraduates.
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Labour threatens to sack thousands of unqualified teachers

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 17:17
Teachers who do not begin training by the end of the next Parliament will be fired by a Labour Government, Tristram Hunt says







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University to offer 'drag studies' course

Telegraph - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 16:57
A British university will offer a course on so-called drag studies







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Exam board investigates question leak

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 16:34
A UK exam board says some overseas students taking an IGCSE exam last week knew in advance what questions they would face.
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Labour: unqualified teachers must go

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 16:27
Labour would fire unqualified teachers if they are not working towards qualification by 2020, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says.
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Schools becoming 'A&E departments of communities', says new union leader

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 16:27

New leader of National Association of Head Teachers, Tony Draper, says teachers are struggling to deal with impact of austerity on families

Schools are becoming the “A&E departments of communities”, with teachers increasingly being called upon to support families struggling to deal with the impact of austerity, according to the new leader of the headteachers’ union.

Tony Draper, headteacher of a primary school in Milton Keynes and is about to take over as president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said schools had no choice but to get involved when faced with a desperate family.

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