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Nick Clegg: education funding policy is Lib Dem deal-breaker in this election

Deputy prime minister says party has learned hard lesson and would not join any government that does not support its education spending plansNick Clegg has said that the Liberal Democrats would not enter into a coalition with a party that refused to implement its education funding policy, setting out the first of a series of “red lines” which he will announce in the days running up to the gen

Don't treat students as customers when it comes to mental health

Applying customer service metrics to student mental health is potentially dangerous and ignores the complexity of care needed“Who are your customers, and how well have you served them?” The question, newly introduced into our annual performance review, knotted my stomach. As a psychiatrist in an American university counselling centre, I provide clinical care to college, graduate and profes

Schools' hidden funding crisis: teachers take drastic action as cuts hit hard

The big issue Each day this week we are looking at the key election battleground issues. With education facing a 12% cut in real terms, subjects are being axed, class sizes rising and job losses loom – but the parties are failing to address itDan McAllister is a teacher at a secondary school in South Yorkshire. This is not his real name, because he is worried about the implications for his jo

Take one university … and see how it votes

Higher fees, visa controls … a lot has changed in higher education since the last election. We visit Kingston university in Surrey to speak to staff and studentsFive years ago, ahead of the Browne review, which led to higher tuition fees, Education Guardian visited students and staff at one institution to talk about their hopes and fears for the future. At the time, Kingston University, Surre

Do young people in Scotland still care about politics?

Scottish students threw themselves into the fray during the independence referendum. But will this enthusiasm for politics carry over into the general election?The candidate poised to unseat the Scottish Labour MP Douglas Alexander is a 20-year-old student standing for the Scottish National Party (SNP). Mhairi Black, candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, is the embodiment of the appet

Immigration: five demands from young voters

The Guardian went to the University of Birmingham to discuss immigration. The event was chaired by writer and presenter Rick EdwardsYou Talk, They Listen is a series of events we’re hosting at universities around the UK – each focusing on the topics you care about most in the run-up to the election; from higher education, to freedom of speech, climate change and immigration – young people tal

Sierra Leone: 'Schools are opening, but I can't afford food or to pay the children's school fees' – video

The Ebola crisis kept Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children out of education for the best part of a year. Now schools are reopening, but the education system is still beset with problems, with the legacy of Ebola leaving some families too poor to afford schooling, and pregnant teenagers being deprived of education. We hear from students, a parent and a teacher about the issues they face Continue rea

Education’s really hot topic has not been discussed in this election

In the last election it was all ‘freedom for headteachers’. This time, the most important debate – about schools helping each other – will restart after 7 May Continue reading...

Factcheck: Tory manifesto claims on schools don’t add up

In our diary: Contentious election claims scrutinised; Conservative candidate upsets Bristol headteachers. Plus Banbury row over academy admissions Continue reading...

In your dreams

A child’s eye manifesto for a better world Continue reading...

Whether it's apartheid or fossil fuels, divestment is on the right side of history

Our campaign to stop Barclays investing in South Africa crushed the arguments against divestment. So why are they wheeled out again today for fossil fuels? Continue reading...

The UK creative sector leads the world in talent – now it needs a strategy

A plan that links culture, the creative industries and education would encourage economic growth and draw new talent from universities Continue reading...

Want to get your research noticed by politicians? Work with a think tank

There’s no doubt political parties listen to think tanks. Using them to present academic work could help researchers penetrate the Westminster bubble Continue reading...

Britain should be wary of borrowing education ideas from abroad

Policymakers need to be careful of myths about foreign education systems, such as Finland’s, and what has made them successful Continue reading...

UK university class sizes falling, study finds

Money committed to areas such as sport, careers services and counselling has increased under coalition government since legislation to increase tuition fees Continue reading...

The Guardian view on Britain’s choice 2015: science policy

It is not enough to make vaguely encouraging noises: all the parties need a deeper commitment to the value, and values, of science Continue reading...

Diversity in school leadership: the higher up you go, the harder you have to fight

As a black woman and single mother, deputy headteacher Brenda Neburagho has broken a few glass ceilings. Here she talks stereotypes, role models and childcare Continue reading...

Are we failing parents whose children are taken into care?

Social services can remove child after child from the same mother, without her being offered the help she needs to become a good-enough parent. The result is heartbreak, and very expensive – but now judges are calling for a new approach Continue reading...

Secret Teacher: make me education secretary and I'll sort out this mess

Politicians have over-complicated education reform. If I had a week in office, I’d give teachers time and space to do their job and the rest would fall into place• More from the Secret Teacher Continue reading...

‘Sponsorship money, raffles and more bloody cakes’: where’s the fun in fundraising?

Clare Mackintosh has had enough of fundraising for her children’s primary school. Can’t she just cut out the middleman and hand over the cash? Continue reading...

Corinthian Colleges shuts down all 28 remaining campuses after $30m fine

The company said it was working with other educational institutions by coordinating to accept students’ transcripts Continue reading...

University reconsidering decision to cancel Charlie Hebdo conference

Queen’s University Belfast issues statement suggesting possibility of conference going ahead, after accusations of curbing academic freedom Continue reading...

Warwick students angry at 'aubergine' university logo

A petition urging the university to halt its £80,000 rebrand has received over 4,000 signatures Continue reading...

Headteachers unhappy with all parties’ education policies

Survey of state school leaders finds only one in five back Labour proposals, with Tories and Lib Dems faring even worse Continue reading...

Immigration rules could damage British culture, say leading figures in arts

Actors, writers and other creative talents argue in letter that many students who could contribute to UK cultural life are likely to be forced to leave by rules that penalise freelancers Continue reading...

Hundreds of schoolchildren caught with drugs in last four years

Data from police forces across England and Wales show class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine among illegal substances seized in more than 2,000 incidents Continue reading...

Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt

Shadow education secretary wants to reform 14-19 education and create a single baccalaureate that puts academic and vocational qualifications on a par Continue reading...

Megan Dunn elected president of National Union of Students

The new president says those in the NUS need to get down from their soapboxes so the organisation can ‘finally deliver’ on its values Continue reading...

London Oratory school wins partial victory in admissions ruling

High court overturns rulings from last year which claimed school used socially selective procedures to discriminate against less well-off families Continue reading...

More than 13% of infants in England miss out on favoured primary school

The overall figures are similar to those in 2014, reflecting local authorities’ efforts to add more classrooms to counter the effects of a growing population Continue reading...


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