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Les Ebdon, head of the Office for Fair Access, says universities should admit students based on their "potential" as new figures expose the gulf in entry rates between rich and poor...

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Bishop of Oxford says compulsory collective worship belongs in the 1940s and should make way for 'spiritual reflection'

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to propose "technical degrees" - putting vocational subjects on an equal footing with traditional academic degrees.

Young people who do not want or get a university place to study a traditional academic subject could take a new ?technical degree? under a Labour government.

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The Russell Group makes offers to 55% of white applicants but 23% of black ones. They must open up their data to scrutiny Continue reading...

Even some on the right are now questioning the wisdom of market forces within schools and Gove's support for a narrow curriculum Continue reading...

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Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, outlines plans for a new wave of technical degrees, allowing students to learn a trade at university while being sponsored by businesses

A study by the Sutton Trust finds that two-thirds of teachers "rarely or never" give bright teenagers the option of pursuing an apprenticeship in place of taking a university degree

As the Yes2Chess grand final takes place in Hyde Park, MPs in an all-party group call for chess to be made a part of the national curriculum

Anatomy and medical students will learn on a life-size virtual cadaver at the University of Edinburgh.

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Market-driven policies will result in a loss of talent and damage Australia's ability to compete globally Continue reading...

As the Yes2Chess grand final takes place in Hyde Park, MPs in an all-party group call for chess to be made a part of the national curriculum

The chairman of the Student Loans Company offered to resign over "misleading" letters chasing arrears sent to more than 300,000 graduates.

The Department for Education should collect figures on the number of schools in England that have a library and librarian, MPs and peers say.

Universities minister David Willetts says he has confidence in Christian Brodie's leadership of the company Continue reading...

We need to talk about how to prevent solitude from slipping into isolation, says Michael Perfect, who offers his five top tips Continue reading...

We want to know if people studying at Oxford think Cambridge is as good or if Glasgow matches up to Manchester for its students and graduates Continue reading...

Senior Conservatives criticise Labour's shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt for not telling teachers to go into school instead of striking

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University of London has turned down last-ditch request for one-off payment for the London Student, says president Continue reading...

David Willetts, the Universities Minister, criticises 'misleading' debt collection letters used by the Student Loans Company, but insists its chairman should not quit over the affair

Academics from Oxford, UCL and King's College dispel the myth that children are either good at writing or sums, concluding that both traits are controlled by the same genes

Kate Reardon, the editor of Tatler, says that good manners are as important as academic grades for young women, insisting those who are well liked will go far in their careers

One in three Britons suffers negative feelings towards themselves including a sense of betrayal and the belief they are ?selling out? when they consciously tone down or ?posh up? their...

It is a sentiment felt by generations of schoolchildren who are told off for doing something, only to see their elders doing exactly the same thing moments later.

Kate Reardon, the editor of Tatler, says that good manners are as important as academic grades for teenagers, insisting those who are well liked will go far in their careers

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Education Secretary Michael Gove attacks educational establishment for holding back classroom reforms, just as thousands of teachers prepare to stage a national strike

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All state schools, including academies and free schools, should be overseen by the same local bodies in England, urges the Local Government Association.

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Recent scandals, such as the Trojan horse affair, have highlighted key faults with academies and free schools. The maintained trust school model would work better Continue reading...

Tomorrow, members of the NUT will walk out in a strike that is set to affect thousands of schools across England and Wales - we ask, what's it all about?

Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.

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Inspectors found pupils at the so-called Trojan Horse schools in Birmingham were "vulnerable to extremism", Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw tells MPs.

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Australian and UK universities mimic each others strategies when it comes to higher education funding and policy. Compare the key trends and developments since the late 1980s to see...

Michael Wilshaw tells MPs watchdog saw promotion of culture that, if continued, would have exposed children to extremism Continue reading...

LG announces a wrist-worn device designed to let parents keep track of where their child is and listen to what they are up to.

Working parents have been "severely affected" by tomorrow's NUT strike, reports one company, as parents rush to arrange emergency childcare cover

Most 11- to 16-year-olds in England and Wales are not expecting life to be better for them than it was for their parents, research suggests.

The chief constable of Humberside Police writes to schools asking for the children of officers to be given holiday leave during term time.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, unveils plans to strengthen school inspections, including more routine visits for outstanding schools and close vetting of the curriculum

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Education Secretary Michael Gove is calling on teachers to "reconsider" plans for a strike on Thursday.

All eyes in the cricket world this week are on Alistair Cook's new-look England team and how they will fare in the Test series against India, which began yesterday.

Reading, it seems, is in danger of coming back into fashion, if a survey by the National Literacy Trust is to be believed.

Teachers to be stripped of right to take action without a new ballot, Prime Minister pledges, as a million pupils are locked out of class by NUT strike action

Michael Gove criticises what he calls "an ideologically motivated minority" of NUT members for a planned walkout by teachers on Thursday.

NUT head Christine Blower defends her union's mandate for strike action, following criticisms of the date and turnout of the ballot.

Thousands of pupils in England and Wales will miss lessons on Thursday as members of the National Union of Teachers walk out on strike.

The errors are among answer papers submitted by university lecturers to the Times Higher Education magazine's annual exam howlers competition

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Schools shouldn't resort to alarming gimmicks to capture pupil attention, says Frances Glover

Deborah Lawson, general secretary of Voice, explains why her union doesn't strike, saying it often hits pupils, parents and fellow teachers hardest

Indigenous students can contribute a lot to university life, but harsh government policies have hit them particularly hard Continue reading...

I'm struggling to find a part-time summer job and my parents don't understand, writes a student blogger How to write a good CV for a summer job For more tips on getting a job, visit...

Apprenticeships are not improving young peoples' skills enough to provide a real alternative to university, according to new research Continue reading...

Police chief calls for more leniency from schools when dealing with requests from officers to take their children out of school during term-time

Police chief calls for more leniency from schools when dealing with requests from officers to take their children out of school during term-time

Follow today's action as NUT teachers take part in a national strike, joining other unions, in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and conditions

Strike action is always a last resort, says Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, but unless our concerns are addressed, morale in schools will drop even further

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Governors at one of the Birmingham schools at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" inquiry say they were not given enough time to make improvements before a visit by Ofsted.

Anna Williams says that teachers are not receiving the necessary training to combat homophobia in schools.

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Banks and the Students Loan Company have come under fire after sending debt collection letters from 'pseudo' solicitors' firms. We'd like to hear from people who have experience of...

GCSE and A-level results may drop this summer with the switch to end-of-course exams and an end to winter resits, exam officers warn.

Publicity-hungry journals have created a climate in which dishonest scientists can thrive Continue reading...

Figures from the Department for Education show the number of teenagers taking apprenticeships has increased by 15 per cent as school leavers seek alternatives to university

The Department for Education tells schools to consider enlisting volunteers to break a forthcoming teachers' strike as the NUT prepares for a one-day walkout next week

Exam experts say that a move towards end-of-course tests in GCSEs and A-levels has put huge pressure on the examinations system, having a knock-on effect on pupils' results

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Sports coaches and scout leaders should be drafted in to keep schools open during next week?s national strike by teachers, new guidance said today.

David Ross, the Conservative Party donor and co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, is being lined up as a possible future chairman of Ofsted, despite concerns over the politicisation of...

Carphone Warehouse co-founder, friend of David Cameron and former tax exile in serious contention for chairmanship Continue reading...


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Conservative Party donor David Ross is reported to be in contention to be the new chairman of Ofsted.

Tristram Hunt says scheme would boost career structure and improve teacher retention Continue reading...

Driven by the market, universities award far too many firsts, says Andrew Hadfield

Oldknow Academy made the payment to Pauline Geoghegan, spokesman for the supposedly independent Hands Off Birmingham Schools campaign

Headmaster Barry Huggett on why he feels that education, health and care plans will benefit students with severe disabilities but not those with language-based problems Continue reading...

Michael Gove says free schools need a secure future as he pledges to open more if the Conservatives win the next election

Five-year-olds will soon be learning how to program computers, reports Nick Morrison

Thousands of baby-boomers, including those in their 70s and 80s, are taking out student loans to complete university degrees, despite concerns many will never repay

Labour plans to place "super teachers" in ever British school in order to improve education standards, Tristram Hunt has said.

A report by the stockbroker Killik & Co says that private schools are less affordable for accountants and solicitors now than they were for plumbers in the early 90s because of a four-fold...

New rules banning parents from taking their children out of school during term time are damaging Britain's tourist trade and costing jobs, experts have warned

A report says the graduate job market in the UK has recovered to its pre-recession peak.

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