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Schools break law on religious education, research suggests Schools break law on religious education, research suggests
More than a quarter of England's secondary schools do not offer religious education, despite the law saying they must. The National Association for RE teachers obtained unpublished official data under Freedom of Information law. It says that missing the subject leaves pupils unprepared for modern life. But the main union for secondary head teachers said many schools covered religious issu...
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UK universities targeted by cyber-thieves UK universities targeted by cyber-thieves
British universities are being hit by hundreds of successful cyber-attacks every year. More than 1,152 intrusions into UK university networks had been recorded in 2016-17, it said. And thieves were interested in defence technologies as well as research into novel fuels and better batteries. The newspaper used data gleaned from Freedom of Information requests to gauge the extent of cyber-a...
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US economy creates 209,000 jobs in July US economy creates 209,000 jobs in July
The US economy saw strong jobs growth in July, helped by a wave of hiring in the hospitality industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 209,000 jobs were created in July, which was more had been expected. The unemployment rate edged lower to 4.3%, matching May's figure which was the lowest since 2001. Employment in food services and drinking places rose 53,000 - that sector has now add...
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Teacher recruitment shortfall needs action - regulator Teacher recruitment shortfall needs action - regulator
Teacher shortages need to be addressed before schools face major problems, the teaching regulator has said. Figures show recruitment to secondary school teacher training courses was more than a third below the target for the second year in a row. The chief executive of the Education Workforce Councils said a national campaign to attract more people to the profession is needed. The Welsh G...
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Sugar tax 'must not be used to plug school budgets' Sugar tax 'must not be used to plug school budgets'
Money set aside for promoting physical activity and healthy eating in schools should not be used to "plug a black hole in funding", councils say. The Local Government Association (LGA) says the government needs to find "genuinely new money" to meet its funding pledges to schools in England. Ministers insist money raised from a sugar tax on soft drinks will be spent on improving child health. Bu...
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Academy funding falling for secondary pupils Academy funding falling for secondary pupils
Academies in England received less last year per pupil in secondary schools than four years earlier, according to official figures. The median income per secondary pupil in academies for 2015-16 was 5,714, down from 6,340 in 2011-12, not taking into account inflation. Head teachers have been campaigning about funding shortages. But last week Education Secretary Justine Greening promised to re...
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Manchester bombing led to 11th-hour changes to exam papers Manchester bombing led to 11th-hour changes to exam papers
Exam boards analysed more than 2,000 GCSE and A-level papers in the wake of the Manchester attack in May to check for potentially distressing content. At least two exams had to be changed at short notice after the Ariana Grande concert bombing, reports the Times Educational Supplement. The boards wanted to ensure questions did not add to pupils' distress, the magazine says. One Edexcel general ...
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Action urged to teach children to swim Action urged to teach children to swim
Almost a third of 11-year-olds in England leave primary school unable to swim, a representative sample of 1,000 parents of Year 6 pupils suggests. And two-thirds of the parents, surveyed for Swim England, feared their child could not save themselves in water. "Hundreds of people drown every year," warned Steve Parry, a former Olympic swimmer and chairman of a report urging an overhaul of school ...
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DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective
In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proved more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the most optimistic backers could have h...
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UN warns 'no progress' on 260 million missing school places UN warns 'no progress' on 260 million missing school places
Global pledges to provide education for all young people show little chance of being achieved, according to annual figures from the United Nations. There are 264 million young people without access to school, with few signs of progress, says Unesco. Around the world, almost one in 10 children does not even have access to primary level education. The UN agency says wider access to education woul...
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