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School "over-aided" pupils in SATS.

A school praised by ministers and forced to become an academy despite widespread opposition from parents has been caught cheating in statutory exams.

An investigation has found that year six pupils at the Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, in Tottenham, north London, were “over-aided” in maths and English Sats exam papers this summer.


Formerly Downhills Primary School, it was taken over by the Harris Federation academy chain in 2012 after parents lost their battle with former education secretary Michael Gove.

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Too few graduate teachers for early years?

A shortage of graduate teachers working in the early years sector means many young children are at risk of falling behind before they start school, a charity warns.

Save the Children says there are nearly 11,000 too few early years teachers working in nurseries across England.

It says all children should be in childcare led by graduate early years professionals for the best start.

The government says the charity's claims are misleading.

Save the Children's warning comes a week after Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it was a "persistent scandal" that youngsters were starting school unable to communicate in full sentences or read simple words.

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crossteach - Camden and Islington schools vacancy.

We are recruiting for a schools worker to join a happy, experienced and supportive local team in London (Camden and Islington).

crossteach is an educational charity which has been teaching about the Christian faith in schools since 2001. Our work has never been so appreciated by schools, nor so needed. Our schools workers support teaching and learning through:

Providing direct encounters with Christians speaking about their faith which are enjoyable, memorable and challenging.

Teaching informed RE lessons that provoke critical enquiry and thoughtful reflection.

Leading inspiring, stimulating Collective Worship.

Running extracurricular activities that allow pupils to explore fundamental questions about human life, religion and belief.

You will be a teacher or youth worker who wants to develop your teaching skills within a distinctively Christian context where your knowledge, authenticity and passion for the Christian faith will be used to support teaching and learning for pupils.

As a part-time post, this may suit someone undertaking part-time training and/or study in a relevant context.

We would also consider a term-time only appointment for the right candidate.

Find out more about


To discuss the post or arrange a visit: Chris Phillips –

To discuss the work of

crossteach more generally: Wayne Harris –

There is flexibility regarding the hours worked for this position. We require a minimum of 0.4 FTE, and would ideally want a 0.6 FTE post.

Closing date for applications: 24th August 2018

Interviews: 6th  September 2018

Start Date: As soon as possible (this is a vacant post)

Salary: crossteach operates a salary scale to recognise qualifications and experience and allow for progression within the organisation. The current range for a schools worker (with inner London weighting) is £23,568 to £30,336.

There is an occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practicing Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 Part 1, Schedule 9.

Any appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

crossteach Trust: Reg Charity No. 108847

Are Universities undermining the education system?

The education system is being undermined by universities making more unconditional offers, according to the head of Wales' biggest college.

David Jones, of Coleg Cambria, said offers were coming half way through courses and meant many A-level students were taking their "foot off the pedal".

Figures from admissions service Ucas show a big rise in the number of unconditional offers for 18 year olds.

Universities Wales said they were still "a small percentage" of the total.

Unconditional offers guarantee a university place to students, whichever grades they get in their A-level exams.

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Students feel £9000 a year not good value.

Few students at English and Welsh universities feel that their fees of £9,000 a year are good value for money, a survey has found.

Just 13% of students questioned agreed that “the standard of education and the increased wages graduates earn mean English/Welsh university degrees are worth the money”, according to the YouGov poll.

By contrast, 62% felt that “the standard of education and the wages graduates earn are not enough to warrant the cost of English/ Welsh university degrees”.

Some 14% did not agree with either statement and 11% said they did not know which they agreed with more.

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Should more go to university.

UK economy 'could benefit from more going to university'

Universities UK says educating people of all ages would help to meet economic challenges.

The report calls for continual learning and for policymakers to help reverse the decline in part-time and mature student numbers. Photograph: Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage

The UK economy could benefit from more people of all ages attending university, a report has concluded.

It also suggests the advance of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology, as well as the challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating greater demand for those with qualifications above level 4.

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It can feel like a huge moment in our lives – finding out our grades after years studying at school, college, or uni. But people on Twitter want you to know that regardless of the grades you get, there is no wrong path when it comes to your career.

People are sharing their own experiences under the hashtag #NoWrongPath to time with people in Scotland getting their grades.

Stirling High School in Scotland has shared several stories of their own teachers’ career trajectories, in a bid to show pupils that grades aren’t everything. One teacher, Ms McAlpine failed her high school grades and her degree before retraining as a teacher. 

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Extraordinary University expense claims.

University staff used expense accounts for luxuries including gambling trips to Las Vegas and late-night entertainment in a strip club, according to details uncovered by a freedom of information request.

Over the past two years, employees at 54 universities spent £204m on corporate credit cards to buy everything from Premier League tickets to days out at the races. Durham University spent £17m, including £2,614 at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, while Northumbria University spent £2,184 on a “corporate event” at the lapdancing club chain Spearmint Rhino.

Staff at the University of Liverpool spent £22,000 at Domino’s Pizza, while workers at City, University of London ran up a £23,790 bill in two pubs. An employee at Queen Mary University of London even used its card to pay a litter fine.

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Fraudsters target International Students.

Fraudsters posing as Home Office officials or as the police have been targeting international students and threatening to deport them unless they pay money upfront.

National organisations have issued urgent advice to help international students – who come from non-EU countries like India and China – to avoid falling victim to a recent phone scam.


Students have been told by fraudsters they face immediate deportation and a 10-year ban from the UK for failing to fill out paperwork correctly – unless they pay a fine of up to £6,500.

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Should parents accompany children to collect exam results?

Parents must accompany children to collect their exam results, a Good Schools Guide director has said, following reforms that have led to the toughest tests in a generation.

 Even if teenagers want to pick up their results alone, mothers and fathers must insist on going in case anything has gone wrong, according to Bernadette John.

“Quite often children might want to go on their own or with friends. But I would say go with them, if anything has gone awry, get in and sort it out straight away,” she said.  

“Perhaps just say ‘I’ve got to pop into town anyway’. You need to be there - they are likely to be upset, they are still quite young. 

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