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Thousands of top university places still up for grabs

Image copyright PA Universities are snapping up students for tens of thousands of degree places in a buyers’ market for applicants, the latest Ucas data shows. A day after teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland got their A-level results, 430,060 applicants from the UK and overseas have accepted degree places, slightly down on last […]

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'Trojan Horse' hearings against teachers and governor cost £1.27m

Image copyright BBC/PA Image caption The alleged, so-called “Trojan Horse” plot was to oust some Birmingham head teachers and make their schools adhere to more conservative Islamic principles Misconduct hearings – most of which collapsed – against teachers accused in the so-called “Trojan Horse” inquiry cost £884,055, the BBC can reveal. The case to ban […]

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A-level results 2018: Teenagers achieve rise in top grades

Image copyright PA A-level students have been awarded the highest proportion of As and A*s since 2012, amid changes toughening the exams in England. Some 26.4% of exams have been awarded these top grades this year – but the proportion gaining A* to C dropped to 78.4% from 79% last year. England’s exams regulator has […]

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Musician Stormzy on why he's funding university scholarships

Musician Stormzy says he will fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge. The Stormzy Scholarship will pay for tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course. Speaking to BBC reporter Ricky Boleto at his former school in south London, he stressed the […]

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The three-year-old with an IQ of 171

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe three-year-old with an IQ of 171 When Natalie and Ben’s daughter Ophelia joined the high-IQ society Mensa at only three years old, they knew they would be accused of being pushy parents. But what is it like to have a naturally-gifted child? “Really it was from […]

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A-level results: Why clearing is 'not the end of the world'

Image copyright University of Derby Image caption Ellie says it’s important to stay calm What are the options when A-level grades are not what you were expecting for your next step? Teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland find out on Thursday whether they have got into the university of their choice – but not […]

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A-level results 2018: What was new about this year's exams?

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A and AS-level results. There have been some changes to A-level qualifications recently – the BBC News website sets them out. What changes have there been to A-levels in England? New AS and A-level syllabuses have been phased in […]

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Debate over Scotland's schools enters new term

Image copyright PA Scotland’s children are returning to school this week with the debate over education in the country set to intensify. The Scottish government wants to focus on its efforts to raise attainment and help disadvantaged children. But unions are set to step up their calls for a 10% pay rise. Meanwhile opposition parties […]

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Oxford college employed sex abuse monk for 12 years

Image copyright Google Image caption Fr Bernard Green started teaching at St Benet’s Hall in 2000 An Oxford college knew for six years a monk it employed had sexually abused a boy, before they sacked him, it has emerged. Father Bernard Green admitted the abuse at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire in 1995 and was barred […]

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School exclusion of autistic boy unlawful, judge rules

Image copyright Getty Images The exclusion of an autistic boy after he hit a teaching assistant with a ruler, punched her and pulled her hair, was unlawful, a court has ruled. Following the incident in February 2016, the child, known only as “L”, was given a one-and-half day exclusion. But a judge in the Upper […]

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University unconditional offers 'undermine education'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmile and Lleucu both have unconditional offers but said they still worked hard The education system is being undermined by universities making more unconditional offers, according to the head of Wales’ biggest college. David Jones, of Coleg Cambria, said offers were coming half way through courses and […]