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Two-year degree plan to cut cost of tuition fees

Image copyright Getty Images Students in England are being promised the option of “accelerated” two-year degree courses, saving 20% on tuition fees compared with a three-year course. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed plans for universities to be able to charge higher fees for shorter, more intensive courses. It would mean paying about £5,500 less […]

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Integrated school to use transfer tests

Image copyright Google MAPS Image caption The all-ability post-primary school has been open since 1997 An integrated school in County Down wants to use academic selection tests to admit some of its pupils. Strangford Integrated College currently admits 35% of Year 8 pupils to a “grammar stream”. They use evidence of academic ability for this, […]

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Rick Astley sings with Nottingham schoolchildren

Pupils at a primary school have met 1980s singer Rick Astley – and even performed a track with the singer. Students at Nottingham’s Netherfield Primary School wrote to the star after picking his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” as their anthem. Teacher James Payne had tweeted Astley since September, with the pupils writing letters. […]

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'Offensive' student T-shirts are 'hate speech'

Image copyright Getty Images A students’ union officer who leaked photos showing students wearing “offensive” T-shirts says what was written on them was “hate speech”. Members of a Lancaster University sports club were pictured wearing outfits with slogans which referenced child abuse and rape. The officer says she leaked the photos because an investigation by […]

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School delay call for summer-born pupils in Wales

Image copyright evgenyatamanenko/Getty Images Parents are calling for more flexibility over when summer-born children can start primary school in Wales. Campaigners say they should be allowed to start reception classes later than aged four to give them time to develop and catch up with their peers. They want ministers to issue councils with stronger guidance […]

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Help for trauma in childhood 'fragmented'

Image copyright Getty Images Early intervention to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse or neglect is “fragmented and variable” across England, MPs warn. The Science and Technology Committee says more help in the formative years can help stave off mental health problems in later life. The committee is urging the […]