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IT problem delays Blackburn College’s University Centre degree results

Image copyright Google Image caption Students at Blackburn College’s University Centre were due to receive their results on 7 July About 800 students are still waiting for their degrees after a problem with a new IT system raised concerns over the accuracy of results. Students at Blackburn College’s University Centre ...

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Essex nursery ‘closes because of universal free hours scheme’

Image copyright Fidgety Fingers When ministers pledged to double the amount of free childcare for working parents, they never dreamed it could lead to some top nurseries closing. But just over two years on, that is exactly what is about to happen. Fidgety Fingers in Essex, one of many nurseries ...

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Food banks warn of school holiday hunger

Image copyright Getty Images As the school summer holidays get under way, food banks are urging people not to forget to donate supplies to their local centres. The Trussell Trust, which runs over 420 food banks across the UK, says many children risk going hungry over the six-week break from ...

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Action urged to teach children to swim

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Too many 11-year-olds have weak swimming and water safety skills, says report Almost a third of 11-year-olds in England leave primary school unable to swim, a representative sample of 1,000 parents of Year 6 pupils suggests. And two-thirds of the parents, surveyed for Swim ...

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Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Image copyright Newcastle University Image caption Newcastle University has issued a warning about the fake site Newcastle University is warning prospective students not to give out personal details on a fraudulent website taking payments for courses. The fake site uses pictures of Newcastle University buildings and takes payments for a ...

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Call me Passchendaele

Image caption Ella Passchendaele is one of a handful of descendants with the battle still part of their name Passchendaele, Somme, Arras, Cambrai, Verdun, Dardanelles, Ypres and Jutland. Not only the names of World War One battles, but these were also the names given to babies, usually in commemoration of ...

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School’s out!

Image copyright Getty Images The summer holidays are under way, but for some children, the studying – and the homework – will continue. It was a moment of pure joy: school was out for summer. Your school bag was shoved in the back of a cupboard. School shoes went the ...

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School exclusions: Record numbers for drugs and alcohol

Image copyright AFP/Getty A record number of school exclusions were issued to pupils last year for drug and alcohol related issues, new statistics reveal. Figures show 9,250 permanent and fixed period exclusions for drugs and alcohol were handed out by schools in 2015-16. A further 2,140 exclusions were issued to ...

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Post-16 maths to get government cash boost

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Too few students continue with maths after 16, the review says Maths education for 16- to 19-year-olds in England will gain a £16m boost over two years, ministers have announced. It comes as a government commissioned maths review found too many teenagers dropped maths after ...

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How I got a first at university

The number of first-class degrees being awarded by UK universities is on the increase, with firsts now more common than a 2:2. More than a quarter of students received a first in 2015 and 2016 at the UK’s top universities, known as the Russell Group. Critics reckon colleges are handing ...

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Students to have value-for-money contracts with universities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students will be given contracts to protect their consumer rights and “value for money” from university Students will have formal contracts with universities, so they can challenge them over too few teaching hours or if facilities are inadequate, says Universities Minister Jo Johnson. Mr ...

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Half of pupils expelled from school ‘mentally ill’

Image copyright Getty Images Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 ...

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