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Support for Early Career Teachers.

Tailored Support Programme: Expression of interest to provide:

·       External mentoring support for early   career teachers; and

·      Strategic support for schools facing      recruitment and retention challenges (system leaders).

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University of Liverpool apologises.

The University of Liverpool have apologised after a "racist" email about exam rules only provided a Chinese translation of the word "cheating", saying Chinese students are usually unfamiliar with it.

The email read: "We find that our Chinese students are usually unfamiliar with the word 'cheating' in English and we therefore provide this translation: 舞弊".

With January exams looming, the University of Liverpool sent out this email to remind students of exam regulations and rules, addressing the punishments for students who get caught cheating. However, the University only translated "cheating" into Chinese despite this email being sent to every international student.

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Should more school leavers get jobs rather than uni?

More school leavers should get jobs and work their way up instead of leaving university with £50,000 debts, Education Secretary warns

  • Damian Hinds wants more school leavers to go straight into work not university
  • They earn while they learn rather than being saddled with up to £50,000 of debt 
  • Apprenticeships are now being brought back due to need for white collar roles

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Help for disabled students at Uni?

Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it.

Students of all backgrounds and circumstances are unlocking the potential of a university education and widening their horizons. This includes record numbers of students with a disability.

New figures show 94,120 new students with a disability enrolled at university in England in 2017/18 – that’s up by more than 6,000 on the previous academic year and by some 26,000 since 2013/14. This is an achievement of which we can rightly be proud.

But we must not become complacent. The number of students with a disability starting university is still below the proportion of working-age adults with a disability. So I want us all to do more to show disabled students that going to university can be an option for them.

Nobody should ever be held back from pursuing their dreams by their background or circumstances. And there is certainly no reason why disability should stand in the way of someone going to university and fulfilling their potential.

As part of the government’s commitment to bringing down barriers to access, students with a disability can already access Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These are grants to help students with any extra costs they may incur as a direct result of their disability. Students can use DSAs to cover the costs of specialist equipment, personal support, non-medical helpers or travel costs.

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New higher quality apprenticeships

Leading employers have woken up to the benefits apprenticeships bring to their workplaces, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said today, with top firms including Marks & Spencer and Lloyds Banking Group taking on thousands of apprentices on the Government’s new, higher quality apprenticeship programmes.

At a time when many young people will be considering their futures, the Education Secretary wants parents, schools and colleges to make sure apprenticeships are being promoted alongside more traditional academic routes.

So today (Thursday 17 January) the Government is launching a new campaign to promote apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers, whilst confirming that it will write to the largest school trusts who have not published information on their website about how they will ensure providers of vocational education are able talk to pupils in their schools.

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Truancy prosecutions soar.

Prosecutions of parents for their child's truancy soar to 20,000 a year after a ban on term-time holidays

  • Figures reveal a 57% increase of parent prosecutions for truancy from 2011-2017  
  • Schools were told to not let families take children out of class for holiday in 2013
  • Many parents flouted rules to avoid paying high holiday prices in peak season

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Pushed into higher education.

A survey of 1,500 recent school leavers found two thirds were urged to go into higher education by teachers, while almost six out of ten said their parents wanted them to pick that option.

For the most part however, teens said their parents were supportive of whichever path they decided to follow.

But one in five did say their parents pushed 'too hard' to pick further education.

The study, carried out ahead of the deadline for UCAS applications on 15 January, also found seven in 10 kids asked their parents for advice on what to do with their lives.

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University 'false promise'?

Up to a quarter of students in England are doing degrees that will not give them sufficient earnings to justify the cost of their loans, a think tank says.

The centre-right group urges ministers to cut places on those courses offering little financial return and increase those in post-18 technical education.

Its report also says tax breaks of up to 50p in every pound owed should be offered to graduates repaying loans.

The government is carrying out a review of post-18 education and funding.

The Onward report acknowledges that "education has a value in its own right" and that "earning a living is not the only reason people study" but says too many young people "are being sold a false promise".

"Too many are facing hefty repayments for degrees that won't help them financially and too few are being offered quality technical and apprenticeship options instead," it says.

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Christians trying to home educate in Germany did not have human rights breached.

German parents whose four children were taken into care because they refused to send them to school did not have their human rights breached, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.

Home education is banned in Germany but the Wunderlich family, from Darmstadt, who are Christian, wished to educate their children in this way.

Their four children were taken into care for three weeks in 2013.

Afterwards the parents took their case to the ECHR in Strasbourg,

They claimed their right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been breached.

But the court has now ruled that taking the children into care was justified.

The ECHR said officials in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, were reasonable in assuming the parents had "endangered their children by not sending them to school".

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U turn on 2 child benefit rule.

About 15,000 families no longer face having their benefits capped after the government performed another U-turn over its flagship universal credit.

The work and pensions secretary has ditched plans to extend a benefits cap on families of more than two children.

Amber Rudd said those with children born before the system began in 2017 would remain exempt, as she aimed to ensure it was "compassionate and fair".

The Child Poverty Action Group said the decision was "fantastically good news".

However, the group is still calling for the two-child cap to be scrapped for all other families.

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