New £4,500 loan is a boost for students

30 August 2012

All university students will be eligible for a new loan of £4,500 per year from 2013 to help towards the cost of their studies, the Scottish government has announced.

No space for sport?

28 August 2012

Despite trying to capitalise on the momentum of the Olympics and create a school sporting legacy, ministers have faced a raft of criticism ― not least because of revelations about playing fields being sold-off. Beth Rowland reports.

Free school to open with just 37 students

5 July 2012

The future of the most controversial free school approval to date was in doubt this week, after the local Tory MP and the County Council urged that the plan be shelved.

The SecEd year that was

5 July 2012

This academic year has seen a torrent of educational change, with a mix of policy debate, Ofsted reform and union action. Rebekah Bell looks at the key stories covered by SecEd in 2011/12.

Businesses offer leadership support

5 July 2012

Businesses are being urged to forge partnerships with their local schools to help them overcome leadership and workforce challenges.

Employment plea to business after rise in NEETs

5 July 2012

The demise of the Saturday job and employers recruiting through word of mouth are consigning a generation of young people to unemployment or underemployment, according to a new report.

Students will take maths and English until they bank a C

4 July 2012

Students who do not achieve a grade C or better in GCSE English and maths will continue to study the subjects until they do. The move is part of government reforms to post-16 education unveiled as SecEd went to press this week.

Students get a glimpse of Cambridge life

28 June 2012

From art history to archaeology, a group of year 9s from 80 schools across the country jumped at the chance to learn more about subjects they might study at university.

Literacy is top priority, Estyn says

28 June 2012

Improving poor standards of literacy is one of the main challenges facing education in Wales, according to a new report from inspectors.

Vocational education takes centre stage on VQ Day

28 June 2012

Teachers know more about vocational qualifications, including apprenticeships, but are still not actively encouraging students to consider such options, research realised to mark VQ Day has found.

Bursar's role is still unrecognised

28 June 2012

School business managers are concerned about a lack of recognition and job status, despite the importance of their role in modern education.

Scottish provision is not 'equitable'

28 June 2012

The attainment gap between schools in the wealthiest and most deprived parts of Scotland is so wide that education provision is not "in any meaningful sense equitable", according to the Commission on School Reform.

Warning over cuts to deaf children's services

28 June 2012

The children's minister Sarah Teather has insisted "there is no excuse for wholesale cuts" to educational support funded by the Dedicated Schools Grant, after it was revealed that one in four councils is cutting support and services to deaf children this

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