What can we expect from new Education ministers?

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New year, new cabinet… Justine Greening’s out as education secretary, Jo Johnson’s been ‘demoted’ from his position as Universities minister, and there’s a new Office for Students (which, thankfully, will not include Toby Young). So what does it all mean for schools and universities? Well, Justine Greening quit her role in the government, refusing a job as work and pensions … Read More

Year in Review: Education News

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2017 has been a crazy year in the world of education, with concerns about Brexit, British schools expanding into the wider world and of course Theresa May abandoning her flagship grammar schools policy after a disappointing election.     But what else went on?   Schools One of the biggest stories earlier in the year was that SRE (sex and … Read More

Education News Weekly – 11th June, 2017

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Dangerous smartphones, a school fight club and what a hung parliament could mean for education   Election news – Guardian, Independent, BBC Well, well, well. That was exhilarating, wasn’t it? Who saw that coming, eh? Certainly, there’s a good chance the education vote swung heavily towards Labour, given Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to increase per-pupil spending by 6% over the next … Read More

Education News Weekly – 5th June, 2017

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Assaults on teachers, May’s mounting election woes and the link between drugs, alcohol and A*s     Election Update – Guardian, BBC, Independent With people heading to the polls this Thursday, and campaigning halted due to the weekend attacks in London, the race for No. 10 is getting tense…and personal.   The Guardian reports that the education funding crisis has soared … Read More

Education News Weekly – 29th May, 2017

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Election news, a GCSE paper blunder and a new Lego ‘Professor of Play’ at Cambridge.   Election catch-up – Independent, Guardian, BBC It’s been a tough week for the Conservative party, with news that their cost-cutting pledge to replace free school lunches with free school breakfasts could cost up to £400 million (Independent), according to expert analysts – or between … Read More

Education News Weekly – 22nd May, 2017

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Voter registration, the magic of rosemary and what the party manifestoes mean for education.   Election News Conservative The Guardian reports that Theresa May’s pledge to end free school lunches for infants will predominantly impact the ‘ordinary, hard-working families’ she has promised to help. It could affect as many as 900,000 children from struggling families, costing them an additional c.£440 a … Read More

Education News Weekly – 1st May, 2017

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Increased university fees (again), independent schools abroad and dealing with the education funding crisis asbestos we can.   Government permits university tuition fee hikes…again – Independent Almost all universities in England have been granted permission to increase tuition fees year-on-year, following new legislation being pushed through Parliament before the general election. Ministers claim the new legislation comes as part of … Read More

Education News Weekly – 19th March, 2017

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Grammar schools opposition, a deepening funding crisis and the primary school head who’s a champion weightlifter     Opposition mounting against Theresa May’s grammar schools plan – BBC Theresa May is facing vocal cross-party opposition from MPs to her flagship education policy, the opening of new selective grammar schools. Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, former Tory education secretary Nicky … Read More

Why Now Is the Time to Make Sex Education Compulsory in Schools.

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…and finally the government agrees. All the evidence says the decision is long overdue – and over 70% of adults agree, as a recent survey by charity Plan International UK reveals. UPDATE: WITHIN AN HOUR OF THIS ARTICLE BEING PUBLISHED, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED AGE-APPROPRIATE SEX EDUCATION WILL BE COMPULSORY IN ALL UK SCHOOLS. Read about the decision here, or read on for the … Read More

Education News: What Happened in 2016?

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2016 saw some major education news, including a new education secretary in Justine Greening, the controversial re-introduction of grammar schools, banned by Labour since 1998, and the ominous threat of Brexit to international students and our entire higher education system.   What else happened? And what can we expect in 2017?   Last year, we saw the growth of a teaching … Read More