Times tables tests to be trialled in primary schools

Primary schools are to start times table tests this spring ahead of a national roll-out. The test will become mandatory from 2020 for all eight- and nine-year-olds. The aim is for them to know their times tables in a bid to boost numeracy among pupils. Pupils will...

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National learning entitlement could be worth £10,000

In a bid to help school leavers with their learning in England, they should receive £10,000 for investing in their education after they turn 18, says a report. The National Learning Entitlement is being proposed by some of the country's top educationalists with their...

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Religious extremists want to ‘pervert education’

Religious extremists are ‘perverting education’ by using schools to narrow a child's horizons, the chief inspector of schools in England has warned. Ofsted's Amanda Spielman says that some community leaders are seeing schools as being a vehicle to indoctrinate an...

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University entry exams highlight ‘class divide’

A growing number of white working-class students in England are using vocational qualifications rather than A-levels to access university courses, says one think tank. The Social Market Foundation says this highlights a class divide with poor students being twice as...

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School league tables: 1 in 8 ‘below standard’

A new regime for GCSEs has seen one in eight schools falling below the government's ‘floor standard’ in league tables published today. Last year’s figure was for one in 10 schools being below the standard. Now the goalposts have shifted and the GCES grades for pupils...

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Schools are facing a ‘digital challenge’

Schools are being urged to help prepare young people for a fast-changing jobs market and the 'digital revolution' by England's new education secretary, Damian Hinds. In his first speech since taking up the role, Mr Hinds says schools will need to build a sense of...

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High performing school divide widens

The geographical divide between high performing schools in England has got wider, says a report. The Education Policy Institute says that between 2010 and 2015, secondary schools in London took a greater share of where pupils are most likely to make better progress....

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Universities accused of ‘mis-selling’

Universities have been accused of presiding over a 'mis-selling' scandal which leaves many graduates with a lower earning capacity than those who do not undertake degrees, a report reveals. According to the National Audit Office (NAO), graduates are leaving university...

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Government will boost mental health support for schools

The Government has announced that the level of mental health support in schools will be boosted with all young people and children in England able to access the support they need. Among the proposals is for the introduction of a four week waiting time for those...

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Six UK universities told to change adverts

The UK's advertising watchdog has warned six universities they must remove misleading marketing claims. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says exaggerated claims are being made by the institutions for attracting students in their advertising material. The...

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UK University Applications Decreasing

The number of UK University applications has fallen by 25,000 (4%) since last year according to UCAS data, marking the first decline in applicants since 2012 when the UK university tuition fees were tripled. The sharp fall extends to potential EU students living...

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