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Education bosses earning 13 times as much as an NQT.

Some education bosses earn more than 13 times as much as an NQT. Have they lost sight of the noble foundations of the welfare state, asks one celebrated educationalist
 

It was the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s email subject line – “We are a supporter of the Living Wage and make grants only to those organisations who pay it” – that made me think about it.

Having just returned from the local food bank – giving, not receiving – I was reflecting gloomily about the growing inequality between the rich and poor and especially the widening gap between the salaries of those at the top and the pay of those at the bottom of organisations.

Even the government claims to be worried about unjustified salary differentials and talks of forcing all the big PLCs in the private sector to publish the salaries of those at the top. But, even in the unlikely event of the promise being followed through, mere publication isn’t likely to shame private-sector fat cats into remedial action.

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Audit lays bare racial disparities.

White teenagers are far more likely to smoke than their minority ethnic counterparts, Roma children are falling well behind their peers at school and black men face the highest likelihood of being found guilty in court.

Those are just some of the issues that will be highlighted in a government audit on race equality that will reveal deeply ingrained disparities across the country when it is published on Tuesday.

Much of the data shows disadvantage for black and ethnic minority communities, and there is a postcode lottery in school performance.

But it also makes clear that among the poorest children in the country, white British pupils do worst at school. Among that group, just 32% reach the expected standard of reading, writing and maths at 11.

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Leading girls schools scrap entrance exams.

A group of the country’s leading girls’ school are abolishing their entrance exam amid fears that it is putting children’s mental health at risk.

The North London Girls' School Consortium, which is made up of twelve independent day schools, will replace their exam papers with a one-hour long “bespoke cognitive ability” test that is far harder to prepare for.

The move is designed to protect ten and eleven-year-old children from the “dreadful” pressure that their parents subject them to, including endless hours of private tuition.

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Excluding a child may cost taxpayer £370,000.

New charity plans to help pupils facing complex social and emotional problems to remain in mainstream education
 

Excluding a child from school can cost the taxpayer around £370,000 in the long term, a report estimates.

The study, by the IPPR think tank, argues that there is a high economic price to exclusion, costing the public purse money in terms of education, benefits, healthcare and criminal justice.

The report, published by thinktank IPPR, draws attention to the link between children growing up in poverty – or experiencing mental health problems – and school exclusions.

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First T Levels announced.

New T levels in education and childcare, construction and digital will be taught from 2020, Justine Greening reveals
 

Education secretary Justine Greening will today announce the first three new T levels. According to the government’s T-level Action Plan, published today, the first subjects available will be education and childcare, construction and digital. These are set to be introduced in 2020, with the rest to be available by 2022.

While only a small number of providers will offer the first three qualifications from 2020, all pathways from the first six “priority routes” will be delivered by selected providers the following year, according to the government. This will be followed by further expansions until the “vast majority” of providers will offer T levels by 2024. The process to determine which providers will deliver the qualifications in 2020 will be confirmed by the government this autumn.

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Interim advice on peer-on-peer abuse.

Pupils involved in alleged peer-on-peer abuse should not be allowed in the same classroom, says schools minister
 

Schools are to be told to keep victims and perpetrators of alleged sexual offences apart, in interim advice being issued this term, according to Nick Gibb, the schools minister.

His remarks were made during an evidence session held by the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee this morning.

MPs probed him on the government's progress in the year since the committee released its report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

Pressed on what is being done to address the problem of peer-on-peer abuse in schools, Mr Gibb said: “Where there is such a case, the perpetrator and the victim should not be in the same classroom.”

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Head of Ofsted says pupils need a good grounding in a wide range of subjects.

Schools in England are focusing on tests and exams, rather than giving pupils a good grounding in a wide range of subjects, the head of Ofsted warns.

Amanda Spielman says the focus on GCSEs and national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, is at the expense of "rich and full knowledge".

She accepts a good school curriculum should lead to good exam results.

But she says good exam results do not always mean children have received the subject knowledge they need.

Her comments came as she set out the preliminary findings of an Ofsted research project into the curriculum in England's state schools.

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Only Maths and English feature in Ofsted key findings report.

Tes findings highlight concerns about the 'narrowing' school curriculum

Subjects other than maths and English are barely mentioned in the key findings of Ofsted inspection reports, a Tes analysis has found.

Individual subjects such as history, geography and languages feature in only one in 20 Ofsted reports.

Tes looked at the number of times that individual subjects were mentioned in the key findings section of all existing Ofsted reports, using information available on the Watchsted database.

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No rise in tuition fees next year confirmed.

University tuition fees will not rise next year, the Government has confirmed.

Graduates will also not have to start repaying loans until they are earning at least £25,000 – up from the current £21,000 threshold, Universities Minister Jo Johnson said.

Confirmation that tuition fees will be frozen at £9,250 for next autumn comes the week after the Prime Minister announced the plan on the eve of the Conservative Party conference.

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Depression over bullying decreases over time.

Anxiety and depression caused by childhood bullying decreases over time, showing that children are able to recover, a study suggests.

The University College London study of 11,000 twins found anxiety problems were still present two years on, but had disappeared after five years.

It said minimising the effects of bullying in schools was very important.

Psychiatrists said bullying could have serious effects on young people's mental health for a long time.

The researchers, writing in JAMA Psychiatry, said the results showed the potential for resilience in children exposed to bullying.

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