Education

League tables changes ‘toxic’ for poor white schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Head teachers say that league tables are skewed against schools in deprived, white areas The way secondary school league tables in England are now devised is unfairly stigmatising schools in white working-class areas, head teachers say. They say the format is “toxic” for schools with a combination of high […]

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Brightlingsea parents consider removing children from school

Image copyright Google Image caption Ofsted carried out an unannounced two-day inspection earlier this month Parents say they are considering removing their children from a school rated “outstanding” amid concerns over bullying. The Colne, in Brightlingsea, is part of the Thrive Partnership Academy Trust. One parent told the BBC his daughter had been “horrendously” bullied […]

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Poor white schools 'destroyed' by rankings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Head teachers say that league tables are skewed against schools in deprived, white areas The way secondary school league tables in England are now structured is unfairly stigmatising schools in white working class areas, head teachers say. They say the format is “toxic” for schools with a combination of […]

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'Relax A-level grades for some medical students'

Image copyright Getty Images Academic entry requirements for medical degrees should be relaxed for students applying from the worst UK secondary schools, researchers say. A study from the University of York says these students should be able to drop one or two A-level grades. The study finds those on medicine courses with lower A-level grades […]

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Free school transport lost for 20,000 rural pupils

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Rural communities face fewer bus services and lost subsidies for school transport More than 20,000 children in rural England have lost access to free school transport, say local authorities. The County Councils Network says budget shortages mean rural school transport is being cut to a “bare minimum”. They say school […]

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'I wish mum's phone was never invented'

Image copyright Jen Adams Beason Mobile phones are bad for us. We know because every day there is a news story telling us so, or at least it can feel like that. But no-one ever actually puts their phone down after hearing these reports, right? What if children told you exactly how your WhatsApping, Instagramming, […]

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Oxford University 'failing' on diversity, says Lammy

Image copyright PA Image caption David Lammy has accused the university of “social apartheid” before Oxford University remains “a bastion of white, middleclass, Southern privilege” after “glacial” progress on improving diversity, David Lammy has said. The Labour MP told the BBC the university was “failing badly”. His comments came as Oxford University data revealed about […]

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Lost youth

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN is going to run global surveys to find the issues that are important for young people The United Nations wants to gain a much better idea of what young people are thinking – and to stop feeling “paternalistic” and out of touch. It’s going to launch a […]

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Does the UN mean anything to the young?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN is going to run global surveys to find the issues that are important for young people The United Nations wants to gain a much better idea of what young people are thinking – and to stop feeling “paternalistic” and out of touch. Senior UN officials are going […]

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Ethnically mixed schools lessen hostility

Image copyright Getty Images Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers. The more mixed the school, the warmer feelings pupils are likely to have towards other races and ethnicities. The study – from the London School of Economics and the University […]