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Tuition fees review to wait on loans decision

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The review of fees will wait for a ruling that could re-write the ground rules for deciding the cost of student loans The review of tuition fees in England will have to wait until a decision is taken on whether billions of student loans should appear in the government's deficit figures.The review of post-18 education funding was commissioned by the prime minister after worries
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Academy chain accused of misusing government funds

[ad_1] Image caption Parents protesting at the Whitehaven Academy An academy trust that runs 10 schools in England has been accused of making false claims for government grants.BBC Panorama has found the Bright Tribe Trust received public money for building work, lighting upgrades and fire safety improvements that were either not finished or never done.New trustees, appointed at Bright Tribe two months ago, have now commissioned independent investigations.The trust says
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Special educational needs pupils make ‘weak’ progress in Birmingham, report says

[ad_1] Image copyright Thinkstock Special educational needs provision for pupils and young people across Birmingham has been described as "weak" by Ofsted inspectors.The council and clinical commissioning teams have been asked to provide a written statement of action due to "significant areas of weakness".But, Ofsted said, there are areas where teams are working well, particularly in early years help. The council said it is clear that services need to improve.
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The words you’d love to hear your children say – but never do

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aaaaah! Chaos With children back at school, the mystery of what they are doing all day and how they are getting on may be pre-occupying many parents. Any parent of a school child will be familiar with monosyllabic responses drawn from the question: "How was school darling?" Wouldn't it be nice if they just answered properly for once?Research with a panel of 1,000
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Wrong trousers sees Penyrheol pupils miss school lessons

[ad_1] Image copyright Google About 2,000 people have signed a petition about changes to a Swansea school's uniform policy after pupils were made to sit in a hall and miss lessons for wearing the wrong trousers.Penyrheol Comprehensive pupils must wear clothing with its "trademark", including trousers and skirts.Some parents have said they were unable to buy uniform in the right size. Swansea council say they are "concerned about children's access
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Child’s cerebral palsy book to help others understand her life

[ad_1] Image caption Elan is very "proactive" with telling people about her disability, her mum Ceris said When she was just five-years-old Elan wanted to help her friends and teachers understand her cerebral palsy.So the little girl wrote a book, explaining what her life was like and the challenges she faced."Everybody was asking me questions...but by now I have got pretty used to it," said Elan, who is now nine
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Top universities to face pressure over admissions

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The most competitive universities in England are to face greater scrutiny of their efforts to recruit disadvantaged students under a new draft plan.Regulator the Office for Students plans to focus on institutions it thinks less likely to meet targets on attracting more students from poorer homes. These are likely to be for courses with higher grade requirements, often leading to better jobs, OFS says.The regulator
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Ofsted cuts leave parents guessing, say MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Parents in England are not getting the assurance they need about the quality of education their children are receiving, a committee of MPs warns.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says it is unacceptable that so many schools - previously rated outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted - are exempt from being reinspected.PAC says cuts to Ofsted's budget mean families cannot make informed choices.Ofsted says it is confident
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Wales’ rural school closures being ‘rushed through’ fear

[ad_1] Image caption Parents and pupils of Llancarfan school in the Vale of Glamorgan are fighting to save the school There are fears councils are rushing to close rural schools before new rules that would protect them come into force.More than 200 rural schools will be protected when a new code of conduct comes in this autumn.But Llancarfan school, in the Vale of Glamorgan, is one of 10 set to
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Chief Rabbi publishes first LGBT guide for orthodox schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published the first ever guide for orthodox Jewish schools to improve the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils. A spokesman for the Chief Rabbi told the BBC that the guide is viewed as a "game-changer".Jewish LGBT campaign group, KeshetUK, which helped produce the guide, said it was deeply grateful for the support. The guide aims to