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Media studies survives – but leisure studies doesn't – in final cull of A-levels

Last wave of Michael Gove’s examination reforms will see several perceivedly ‘soft’ courses disappear from syllabus by 2017Leisure studies – often the butt of jokes about the dumbing down of exams in schools – is to be axed as an A-level subject, while the equally maligned media studies is to survive, the exams regulator for England has announced.Environmental science, another subject expe

Raid universities to fund teachers in tough schools, urges Alan Milburn

Social mobility champion calls for radical approach to closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged and better-off childrenThe government should plunder undergraduate tuition fees to fund a 25% pay rise for teachers willing to work in challenging schools, Alan Milburn, the government’s social mobility champion, has proposed.Milburn, who chairs the social mobility and child poverty comm

Virgin voters: why we'll fight for a fairer education system

This week students have staged protests across London. We joined them to find out whyIn our “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the election issues that matter most to them. This week students have been protesting to demand a fairer higher education system. We joined them to find out what they want from their universities.Education

Adult education is being slashed and burned – this is too important to ignore

The government’s funding cuts are economically and morally misguided. More over-50s are staying in work, and retraining can only mean greater productivity Continue reading...

Pay top teachers more to work in poorer areas, urges social mobility tsar

Alan Milburn calls for teaching ‘fast stream’ to allow good teachers to be promoted rapidly if they spend time in disadvantaged schools Continue reading...

Student union president urged to stand down after 'slapping' woman in face

A petition calling on Edward Reckless to stand down as president of Loughborough student union has received over 3,000 signatures Continue reading...

Taylor Swift’s grammar marked down incorrectly

The Princeton Review has sniffed at the (misheard) lyrics of the pop star’s song Fifteen. But its ‘correction’ is more than five centuries out of date Continue reading...

Education has never mattered more, so why won't the UK invest in it properly?

Instability of funding for teacher training combined with the looming retirement of UK’s top education researchers may result in universities pulling out of the subject altogether*Why are social sciences neglected by politicians? Continue reading...

A master's in librarianship could enhance your shelf life

Being a librarian is one of the nation’s most desirable jobs. But how do you get your foot on the ladder? Continue reading...

Why gender equality by numbers will never measure up

The third millennium development goal focused on percentages but ignored the real issues, such as classroom gender stereotypes and male domination of politics Continue reading...

Girls begin to doubt sporting ability at age seven

Research by equalities office finds girls enjoy physical activities until year 3 – but then destructive stereotypes kick in Continue reading...

Minecraft free for every secondary school in Northern Ireland

Educational block-building game set to be distributed to schools in project devised by CultureTECH innovation festival Continue reading...

Why Bank of England employees are reading my A-level economics textbook

People seem to think there are simple answers to complex problems. Even politicians could learn a thing or two from revisiting the basics Continue reading...

University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation

Academics and students in Canada, the Netherlands and the UK explain why they are taking a stand against their institutions Continue reading...

How to balance work with family life: a teacher's survival guide

Accept your to-do list will never end and remember to communicate. Teacher and mother Hayley Earl shares her work-life balance tricks Continue reading...

Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court

London Oratory, which has counted sons of Tony Blair, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman among pupils, claims education watchdog is endangering its ethos Continue reading...

Is slack science reporting letting down the public?

Although engagement between scientists and journalists has improved, many pitfalls lie in transferring research findings to the media Continue reading...

Students occupy Central St Martins in protest against cuts

The reception area of the building has been occupied by students opposing planned cuts to foundation courses at the University of the Arts London Continue reading...

Why I love living in a multilingual town

Moving to a multilingual area at first feels like playing a game where everyone knows the rules, apart from you. As a language student however I quickly realised it was the perfect place for my year abroad Continue reading...

Trojan horse school in Birmingham to be renamed

Park View, which was at centre of alleged plot by Muslim extremists to take over state schools in city, to rebrand as Ofsted praises progress Continue reading...

Behind the scenes at Britain's Mandarin Speaking Competition - video

Every year the British Council runs a competition to find Britain's best young Mandarin speakers. Those that make it through to the last stage of the competition come to London to compete at the British Museum. We went behind scenes of the competition to follow Louis Carmicheal, 17, from Hull and Natalia Barton, 13, from Liverpool as they prepared for the final Continue reading...

Check in for travel success with a master's in tourism

A postgraduate degree could be your passport to success in the world of tourism Continue reading...

After the Trojan horse schools ‘people are looking to the future, not the past’

Peter Wilby interviews veteran troubleshooter Mike Tomlinson, midway through his mission to sort out the Birmingham schools scandal Continue reading...

Why is personal, social and health education not compulsory in schools?

For children to learn to make wise choices in life, PSHE needs good teachers, status in the curriculum, and recognition of the complexity of the challenge Continue reading...

Nicky Morgan, equalities minister, and her white male Ofsted appointments

In our diary: academies rush to beat election deadline; school setup advice that may not be the best; Lord Nash still bucks trend on parent governors Continue reading...

'Fewer than half' academy chains producing above average GCSE results

Department for Education study will fuel election debate over impact of academies and free schools Continue reading...

University guide 2015: find your course

Your route to every university course on offer in the UK• University league table 2015 - the complete list• Browse by subject• How to use the tables Continue reading...

What role should teachers play in career guidance?

From sharing their own stories to building careers into the curriculum, there are six main ways teachers can help students explore future opportunitiesSince the Education Act 2011, schools have been required to offer career guidance to their students. Some of this responsibility has inevitably landed at the door of teachers, but their exact role remains a bone of contention.My colleagues a

Easter craft ideas: a last-minute guide for teachers

From bunny masks to egg painting, here are some quick and easy crafts to get your students and classroom into the Easter spirit*Share your ideas, photos and classroom displays with us here Continue reading...

How to teach ... Italian

Europe’s language of romance (and pizza) will be vital to the UK over the next 20 years. Here’s how to tackle it in your classroom Continue reading...


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