Education

Budget plans refused for 632 NI schools

The Education Authority (EA) has refused to approve the budget plans submitted by 632 schools, the BBC has learned. The authority said it was because those schools were unable to show they could stay within their allocated budgets in 2017/18. By contrast, only 239 schools have had their spending plans approved. If the EA does […]

Education

Ducking the test

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first tests measuring cultural awareness and being able to spot fake news will be taken this year Schools in England and the United States will not be taking the new international Pisa test designed to assess respect for other cultures, challenge extremism and help identify fake news. The […]

Education

Meet the 11-year-old going to the Commonwealths

BBC Sport Wales meets Anna Hursey, the 11-year-old selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Hursey – who is in her first year of secondary school – started playing table tennis when she was five years old. She played in her first international tournament aged seven and represented Wales for the first time last year. Her […]

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Hinds says schools face digital challenge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Damian Hinds emphasised academic rigour and the importance of “character” Schools need to prepare young people for a digital revolution and a fast-changing jobs market, says England’s new education secretary, Damian Hinds. In his first public speech since taking up the post, Mr Hinds said schools needed a mix of […]

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Top universities face strike action over pension changes

Image caption If talks fail, some universities could face strike action next month Top universities could face strikes next month after staff backed action over changes to their pensions. Overall, 61 universities could be affected after members of the University and College Union backed industrial action. The union says changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme […]

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Children's centres undermined by ministers, says charity

Image caption Children’s centres are a lifeline for families, say campaigners Alka Dass, from High Wycombe, describes her local children’s centre as “a lifeline”. She says professional staff there helped bring her back from postnatal depression and grief after a family bereavement. But the centre, along with 35 others in Buckinghamshire, faces closure under a […]

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Muslim school challenges critical Ofsted report

Image copyright Google Image caption The Olive Tree Primary School in Luton is an Islamic day school that caters for nearly 80 pupils aged between five and 11 years old Governors at an Islamic school have lodged a complaint over a highly critical report. Ofsted found pupils at the independent Olive Tree Primary School in […]