Teachers Forced to Spend their Own Money on Classroom Supplies

British teachers are being forced to spend hundreds of pounds of their own money on classroom supplies, according to new research. The 'Equipped to Learn' study found almost two thirds of the teachers questioned felt under pressure to part with money from their own pocket to buy equipment for students. Of these teachers, 60 per cent anticipate spending at least £120 during the current academic year, while 30 per cent expect to spend upwards of £240. Those who taught younger...

Home education in capital increased by 582% over the last decade

Would you chose, or indeed have the time, to educate your children at home? It appears that an increasing number of households in the capital are opting for this educational approach. A study has discovered that the growth in home education across London show a massive 582% increase in the amount of children learning from the comfort of their own home. The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act, by Oxford Home Schooling, part of Oxford Open Learning...

Middlesbrough is ‘worst place to be a girl in England and Wales.’

A new study has ranked Middlesbrough as the worst place to be a girl. Charity Plan International UK took various factors into account to make the decision. They assessed child poverty, educational attainment and teen pregnancy rates. Sadly for Middlesbrough it came top of the list, not an enviable place to be. As expected there appears to be a north/south divide between the best and worst places to be a young female. Poverty could be seen as a major factor...

London Parks Swiped For Privately-Owned Academies

London parks are under threat from local councils desperate for land to develop into privately-owned academies. In Hackney, which made billions from regeneration the past 10 years, the Council is steadily building on publicly-owned parkland in a series of emergency education measures. But schools are no longer simply community assets - through a combination of PFI and the Academy system, schools have become profitable enterprises. Haggerston Park is a case study that will culminate when a new Mayor is elected September 15th. The...

Teenagers Sent to University Without One Crucial Skill – How to Manage Money

Whilst headteachers across the country fret about the dress sense of their students with many youngsters being sent home because their shoes aren't the right style, it seems Education Bodies across the country have missed the point of going to school - Education. As faculty members busy themselves playing 'Britan's Next Top Model - Student Edition' a new report out today has highlighted that youngsters are going off to university without one of the most vital skills of all - how...

Brexit worries have caused UK universities to fall in world rankings

The fall-out from the decision to leave the EU has had a knock on effect on higher education in the UK, according to the QS world University Rankings. Uncertainty over immigration rules and access the EU research funding are to be blamed for the drop in rankings. There are concerns that research projects could be given to EU based universities in the future, once the UK invokes Article 50 and cuts ties with the European project. Cambridge has fallen out...

Professional jobs still dominated by white, male, well-off graduates

It is news that will not shock many, but research has found that the majority of top professional jobs are filled with rich, white, male graduates. Certain jobs such as Judges are almost all filled by white men from public school, but this pattern continues throughout the upper echelons of professional jobs, including accountants, lawyers etc. This new data found that male, white and wealthier graduates dominate the top profession more than three years after graduating, even when the quality...

Student Debt Could Top £100k With Interest Added

Students could end up paying over £100,000 for their degree by the time they clear their debt. New analysis has revealed that interest rates of up to 4.6 per cent on student loans could more than double the estimated £44,035 of debt that students are saddled with. Despite being pinned to the retail prices index (RPI), that percentage is still significantly higher than most other types of finance such as mortgages. Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, told the Sunday Times: "There is...

Oxbridge state school students mainly from elite South Eastern institutions

It will probably not surprise many but the region who manages to get the most amount of state pupils into the elite Oxbridge universities come from the South East of the UK. I went to a bog standard comprehensive school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and I don’t remember anyone going to either university or it even being mentioned as an option, but I’m sure some would have held their own in the Oxbridge establishments; I don’t count myself in that number though....

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