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Cost of Tories’ free breakfasts ‘could treble’

Image copyright Getty Images Giving a free breakfast to every primary school child in England could cost more than treble the £60m the Tory party set aside for it, academics say. Experts analysing the plans re-costed them at between £180m and £400m, depending on how many pupils take them. A ...

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IPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’

Image caption The study was carried out over two years and involved about 650 pupils Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research of its kind ever carried ...

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Are you ordinary?

Reality Check says: The government defines “ordinary working families” as those that are not eligible for pupil premium but have below average incomes. It believes that accounts for about one third of all pupils in England, but this calculation is a work in progress. Education Secretary Justine Greening on Thursday ...

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Brum in the sun

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Birmingham’s plan to open a campus in Dubai is the latest example of universities expanding with international branches. Vice-chancellor Sir David Eastwood emphasised the university’s international credentials – saying its campus in the Gulf would show its “global mission” and that it was ...

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German schools get tough Prince Harry English exam changed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Harry’s speech was described as a tough test for many German students German officials are changing a school English exam which many students and teachers deemed too difficult – partly because it included a poor recording of Prince Harry “mumbling” in a speech. ...

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Talking to children about terrorist attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack in Manchester involved many children and young people News of a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for parents there is the added dilemma of what to say to their children. Should I shield them from the news? Is it best just ...

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Exam boards say A-levels and GCSEs can be postponed

Image copyright PA Exam boards are telling schools that they can re-arrange GCSE and A-level exams, in the wake of the Manchester attack. A joint statement from the exam boards says that it will be up to schools to decide whether exams should go ahead. The exam boards say no ...

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Wiping student debt?

Image copyright Press Association The Green Party has pledged not only to scrap tuition fees for university students, but to wipe all existing debt held by graduates. In March 2016, the total amount of debt owed by English students and EU students studying in England was £76.3bn. To write off ...

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Brexit barriers ‘would harm science’, say universities

Image copyright PA Image caption The UK’s universities are among the biggest beneficiaries of EU research funding Barriers to research collaboration in Europe as a result of Brexit would harm scientific progress, says a group of leading UK universities. Science and research should be a priority in the talks between ...

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Free lunch

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Since September 2014, all infant pupils have been offered a free school meal “Mean-spirited” and “wrong-headed” is how teachers’ leaders have described Theresa May’s plan to scrap free school meals for infant pupils in England. And perhaps to some it may seem bullish to ...

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Tackle candidates on school cuts, heads ask parents

Image copyright Getty Images Head teachers’ letters warning of the “dreadful state” of school funding are being sent to parents in at least 3,000 schools across 17 counties on Friday. The mass mailing urges parents to raise the “current financial difficulties” in schools with all prospective candidates “on the doorstep”. ...

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Jamie Oliver: Axing free school meals a disgrace

Image copyright PA School food campaigner Jamie Oliver has labelled Theresa May’s plan to axe free school meals for infants “a disgrace”. The TV chef, who led a successful campaign to improve the quality of school food, said the move “put future generations at risk”. He said: “It’s a fact. ...

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