EDUCATION

Parents ‘concerned about cost of school’

Parents ‘concerned about cost of school’

Many parents (76%) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland say the cost of sending their children to school is rising, a poll by Parentkind suggests. The charity’s annual survey found most (51%) of the 1,500 parents polled were concerned about the cost. The cost of uniform was the most common concern (46%), followed by school […]

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal school

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal school

A head teacher and her father have been found guilty of running an unregistered school in a run-down building, in the second prosecution of its kind. Nadia and Arshad Ali were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of running an unregistered private school, Ambassadors High in Streatham. The school charged £4,500 a year per pupil and […]

Carers bullied by government, MPs say

Carers bullied by government, MPs say

Carers are being bullied by the government, a committee of MPs says. The Work and Pensions Select Committee says ministers are harassing people who have made honest mistakes when receiving carer’s allowance. Long-standing problems within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) led to a failure to spot overpayments. The government says while it has […]

Disadvantaged pupils ‘stuck 18 months behind’

Disadvantaged pupils ‘stuck 18 months behind’

Progress to close the achievement gap for poorer pupils in England’s secondary schools is almost at a “standstill”, say researchers. The Education Policy Institute says disadvantaged pupils are on average 18 months behind the rest of the class in academic achievement by the age of 16. At the current rate, the study says it will […]

School funding top priority for Gavin Williamson

School funding top priority for Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson will have to deliver an increase in spending on England’s schools after replacing Damian Hinds as the new education secretary. Mr Williamson was sacked from his previous post as defence secretary at the start of May after an inquiry into a National Security Council leak. Boris Johnson pledged to increase school budgets on his first […]

‘How I got to medical school via A&E and the chicken shop’

‘How I got to medical school via A&E and the chicken shop’

“You’d see people getting stabbed. You’d see people getting robbed for their belongings.” In 2010, aged 14, Yousef El Tawil, felt “swept into a vortex of pessimism”. At the end of Year 9, instead of heading home after school to do his homework each day, he fell in with classmates who spent hours hanging around […]

Primary school children ‘should learn about FGM’

Primary school children ‘should learn about FGM’

Primary schools in England should start teaching pupils about female genital mutilation when a new curriculum is introduced next year, campaigners say. Secondary school pupils are to be taught about FGM from 2020. But experts fear that for some vulnerable girls these lessons will come too late. Most girls who are subjected to the mutilation […]

India school-leaving exam: The controversy that cost 23 lives

India school-leaving exam: The controversy that cost 23 lives

At least 23 teenagers in the southern Indian state of Telangana have killed themselves since their school-leaving exam results were announced in April. BBC Telugu’s Deepthi Bathini explains why the results have become controversial. Thota Vennela enjoyed cooking, watching comedy shows and eating street food. Her older brother, Venkatesh, 19, had recently taught her to […]

Extremism is global education fight, says Blair

Extremism is global education fight, says Blair

Extremism should be treated as a global problem like climate change, says Tony Blair, speaking about the role of education in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings. The former UK prime minister said there should be an international agreement to put teaching against extremism into education systems around the world. Mr Blair said it […]

West ‘failed’ university forced from Hungary

West ‘failed’ university forced from Hungary

The head of a university forced out of Hungary said Western governments have been “remarkably weak” in defending the right to academic freedom. Michael Ignatieff, president of the Central European University, said it was a “scandal” that his university had been allowed to be “driven out”. The university, founded by George Soros, is having to […]

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