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Early years places must reach 'poorest'.

Young people who went through pre-school education are much more likely to do well in international Pisa tests when they are teenagers, says the OECD.

But the international think tank says to maximise the benefits of early years education, there need to be places for the poorest families.

The OECD says the UK has low levels of hours in pre-school education.

There are plans in England to double the amount of free childcare to 30 hours, but only for working families.

The OECD study says there are significant economic and personal benefits from investing in early years education - and it supports the move in England to extend access to pre-school places.

At present, the 15 hours of free childcare is among the lowest levels of provision of any OECD country, but it will rise to 30 hours in the autumn, for families with a working parent.

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15 year old boy takes shotgun to school after being 'bullied'.

 

A 15-year-old boy arrested for taking shotgun and ammunition into school did it because he was being bullied for being too fat, fellow pupils said.

Armed police swooped on High Lane School in Nuneaton, Warks, after receiving a call from the teenager at 9.15am.

The pupil was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm. Classmates later suggested he was being bullied for being overweight.

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Women face pay gap a year after graduation.

Women face a pay gap as early as their first year after university that widens as time passes, according to the first large-scale set of data on the careers of British graduates published by the government.

The figures showed that men were more likely to have higher pay than women who graduated in the same year with degrees in the same subjects, with the sole exception of English – the only subject where women graduates outdid their male peers five years after leaving university.

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Term 'genius' alienates female students.

A Cambridge lecturer says colleagues should refrain from using terms like brilliant, genius and flair, as they could alienate female students.

Dr Lucy Delap, deputy director of history and policy at Cambridge, said these terms were vague and carried assumptions of gender inequality.

Dr Delap said female students were often less likely to project themselves into such categories.

She said a "male-dominated environment" at Oxbridge must be challenged.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Dr Delap said: "Students who're arriving at an Oxbridge college can still find it a bit of a male-dominated environment.

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Pressure now on Secondary places.

The proportion of 11-year-olds offered a place at their first-choice secondary school in England is the lowest since 2010, official figures show.

This year, 83.5% of applicants received offers from their first choice schools, down from 84.1% last year.

The last time more than 16% of applicants were not offered their first choice was in 2010.

However, the government says the system is "rising to the challenge" of providing more school places.

And at primary level, there was an improvement in the proportion of children offered their first choice of school.

This year, 90% of four-year-olds were offered their first choice, up from 88.4% last year.

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Young people pessimistic about how to get on.

Young people are deeply pessimistic about their ability to get on in Britain's "us and them society", says social mobility tsar Alan Milburn.

He says they "increasingly feel like they are on the wrong side of a profound unfairness".

This is why, he suggests, young people turned out in record numbers to vote in the general election.

They were particularly worried about their finances, job security and housing prospects, he added.

Mr Milburn, who heads the commission that monitors progress towards improving social mobility, made the comments as he launched a new exploration of public attitudes to it.

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Relationship between household income and education consultation.

We’re seeking views on our preliminary investigation of the relationship between household income and education for pupils in schools in England.

The statistical paper describes a provisional methodology we used to calculate equivalised household income bands. We have done this by matching administrative income data from other government departments to anonymised pupil records.

It includes analysis on:

  • educational outcomes at key stage 2 (age 11) and key stage 4 (age 16)
  • characteristics of schools attended
  • family characteristics and size
  • effect of housing costs
  • geographical distribution of households

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Crowdfunding used to fund schools.

Following years of government budget cuts, parents are now turning to crowdfunding websites in order to provide basic school supplies.

Appeals have been launched on websites including Justgiving.com for online donations towards items such as whiteboards and computers, as well as to pay for crossing attende.

These include one for Camelsdale Primary School, which set up a page to raise money for a replacement whiteboard.

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Teachers spend their own money to alleviate cuts.

Teachers in some of the region's schools say they are having to spend their own money to maintain standards.

According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies since 2010 education spending in real terms has fallen by 14% while schools' costs are rising.

Ryan Kelsall, the Principal at Impington Village college in Cambridgeshire, says that unless schools get more money, standards will fall

"We're looking at a 9% increase in costs over the next couple of years and that's going to be very challenging," he said.

"We're very proud of the success we've had at Impington, we feature in the top 3% of schools nationally, but realistically how long can that continue?

"If we are really saying we value young people, we value education then giving it less money - or not the right amount of money - isn't really giving that message."

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Teenagers who stood for Parliament.

Opinion polls and expert predictions ahead of the general election suggest that the youth vote could determine the outcome. But who’s planning to represent young people in Westminster? Among 2017’s candidates are a number of under-20s with interests in youth and student issues. We spoke to six of them about their decision to stand on 8 June.

Aimee Challenor, 19: ‘I felt personally let down by the Lib Dems when they didn’t scrap tuition fees’

Challenor is equalities spokesperson for the Green Party, and chair of the LGBTIQA+ Greens group. She is standing in Coventry South.

“A big issue locally is tuition fees. Coventry South is a studenty area with two universities: Coventry University and the University of Warwick. A lot of voters I’ve spoken to are glad to see that there’s someone their age to vote for.

I’m not a student at the moment myself. I find university just too expensive, which is one of the reasons I’m glad to be standing for the scrapping of fees. I felt personally let down by the Lib Dems when they didn’t. I would have studied geography; I love learning. I think it’s something everyone should have access to.

Trans people are disenfranchised from politics a lot, so I want to stand up for this as a trans woman. I spoke to the Independent the other week about difficulties trans people had registering to vote. We don’t see ourselves represented in politics. We didn’t have any openly trans people in the last parliament or in the House of Lords. We’re setting the course here – me, Helen Belcher and Sarah Brown of the Lib Dems. If you don’t see yourself, you don’t feel listened to. It’s about gaining visibility.”

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