Education

'Poverty pay'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some academics have complained of “poverty wages” Could you cope with eight different jobs a week? Alice did it last year trying to make ends meet. It’s not the lifestyle you imagine for a highly educated associate lecturer. Insecure work isn’t something you’d normally associate with the world of […]

Education

Two more Scottish universities to offer teacher training

Two more Scottish universities are to offer teacher training courses. The move has been announced by Education Secretary John Swinney in a bid to tackle a recruitment crisis in the profession. The Scottish government said it was providing £1.3m to create hundreds more opportunities for people to qualify as teachers. Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret and Napier […]

Education

UK Snow: Bournemouth school dinners given to homeless

Image caption The meals were distributed to organisations after schools closed due to the snow More than 1,500 uneaten school dinners were given to charities in Bournemouth as schools closed due to the snow. The chicken and pasta meals had already been cooked when news of Thursday’s school closures came through, provider Forerunner said. The […]

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Learners let down by Learndirect, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images The government has been criticised for its role in giving millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to a UK training provider accused of failing to deliver. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says Learndirect Ltd has failed to tackle its poor performance, letting thousands of learners down. The committee says […]

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Five things to know on school offer day

Image copyright Getty Images Each year on 1 March, pupils across England find out which secondary schools are offering them places for the following September. Ahead of this year’s “national offer day”, the Good Schools Guide has warned that about 100,000 of almost 600,000 pupils involved will not be offered a place at their first […]

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University dispute: More talks but strikes continue

Image copyright UCU Image caption The University and College Union says strikes will continue despite plans for further talks The two sides in the university pensions dispute have agreed to mediation by the conciliation service Acas – but the strikes will continue. Staff at 61 universities have walked out over planned cuts to their pensions, […]

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Unregistered schools

Image copyright Getty Images School inspectors have warned that there are hundreds of unregistered schools but that they have few powers to investigate or shut them down. When you think of a place that teaches groups of children – all day, every day – the word most people would use is “school”. But the law […]

Education

'Avoidable mistakes made in appointment of Toby Young'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionToby Young: The man behind the tweets Toby Young’s reputation as a “controversialist” should have prompted greater scrutiny into his past before he was appointed to England’s new university regulator, a probe has said. The author and journalist quit just days after taking up the post for […]