Children who attend private schools benefit from the equivalent of two years’ extra education by the time they are 16, research suggests. Academics from Durham University analysed differences in attainment between state and private school pupils, taking their prior attainment, family background and gender into account. Private pupils were ahead of their state school counterparts at ages four, eight, 10 and 16, the study found. The research, commissioned by the Independent Schools Council, found that private schooling boosts teenagers’ GCSEs by almost two-thirds of a grade per subject. The biggest differences at GCSE were found in French, history and geography. The smallest gaps were inRead More →

Teenagers will be offered the opportunity to train to work in the RAF at a pioneering college to be opened in September. The Air and Defence Career College in Lincoln will be the first of its kind – at first offering 16 to 18-years the chance to train for a range of jobs with the RAF and the opportunity to use its facilities at its nearby air force base in Coningsby. The college will expand to take in 14-year-olds from September 2017 and – if successful – will be the forerunner of several similar initiatives between colleges and the RAF throughout the country. It willRead More →

Thousands of disappointed parents are having to face up to the fact that they have failed to get their children into their first choice secondary school. Around one in seven parents were understood to have lost out as a result of National Offer Day – the day the parents of 554,000 11-year-olds know their children’s fate. The figure is similar to last year – when a total of 84,200 parents were rejected by their first choice school. There were wide variations across the country – – with parents in London, Bristol and Birmingham facing the hardest battle. In London,  around one in three parents (68.52Read More →

A university offered counselling to students “injured and affected” by a group of classmates who wore small sombrero hats to a tequila-themed birthday party. The row, which erupted at Bowdoin College, a private liberal arts college in the US state of Maine, is being seen as the latest instance of a new mood of censorious political correctness sweeping university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic. After photos of party-goers wearing the miniature sombreros, several inches in diameter, appeared on social media, administrators at the college immediately sent out multiple emails notifying students about an “investigation” into a possible “act of ethnic stereotyping”. The GeneralRead More →

The Secretary of State for Education may be the mother of a school-age child, but she’s rather more nuanced than the working mum cliche. In fact, Nicky Morgan is hard to pin down. One moment it’s all a bit Middle England – family finances, children’s rugby and the school run. The next it’s classroom sexism, trans rights and cross-dressing MPs. In many ways, she’s a classic suburban Tory – the daughter of a barrister from south-west London, educated at the local private school, trained as a solicitor. But she’s no stereotype. Like George Osborne, her former boss, she’s comfortable on classic “liberal lefty” turf. OnRead More →

Teachers should have their student loan debts written off after spending 10 years in the classroom, as part of a package to help solve the recruitment crisis in schools, head teachers have declared. The idea is one of a series of measures being put forward by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, and aimed at overcoming teacher shortages. In a speech to the ASCL’s annual conference, Ms Morgan admitted schools were “struggling to attract the brightest and best” as she unveiled a raft of measures designed to address the problem. She suggested schools couldRead More →

Growing number of children are self-harming or harbouring suicidal thoughts as mental health problems amongst pupils rise, says a newly-published survey of headteachers. A survey of 338 schools revealed more than half (55 per cent) said they had experienced a large increase in cases of anxiety and stress – while more than 40 per cent reported a big increase in cyber-bullying. The survey, conducted jointly by the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary school heads – and the National Children’s Bureau – also reported that nearly eight out of 10 schools (79 per cent) reported an increase in the number ofRead More →

The rent strike dispute at University College London has worsened after a senior official told students it was a “fact of life” that some people can’t afford to study in London. Hundreds of students are at risk of eviction after pledging to join an indefinite rent strike declared last month. The group, who are tenants at UCL’s Ramsey Hall and Max Rayne House residences, are said to be withholding a total of more than £1m in protest against “soaring” accommodation fees. In a meeting between UCL representatives and Cut the Rent, the campaign group behind the protest, management officials said they were not prepared toRead More →

The Government’s “damaging” visa policies are making Britain a “difficult and unattractive” place to study for international students, a new report has warned. According to the findings from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), last year’s business school student intake from outside the EU “fell sharply” by almost nine per cent. This, in turn, could have a detrimental effect on postgraduate taught programmes – such as the MBA – where 52 per cent of students are international. Despite business and administration courses being among the most popular in the UK, and the country having some of the world’s top schools – from where both undergraduatesRead More →

Children have been learning alongside ancient artefacts and innovative artwork as part of research to investigate the benefits of going to school in a museum. Three schools have moved classes into their local museums to test whether it will boost pupils’ learning and also attract a new audience of visitors to museums, as part of a project run by King’s College London. Two primary schools and a nursery, from Tyne & Wear, Swansea and Liverpool, will have groups of pupils based full-time at their local museum for up to a term. The project – “My Primary School is at the Museum” – bases whole classesRead More →