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Academy regulation 'too weak'

Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research.

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Nigeria college attacked by gunmen

Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.

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What makes a global top 10 university?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities.

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Heads attack no-notice inspections

Head teachers say that carrying out Ofsted inspections without warning is like treating school staff as "naughty children".

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Music lesson boom sees guitar soar

The electric guitar has overtaken the violin in the list of most popular musical instruments for children to play, says a music exam board.

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Ofsted wave of no-notice inspections

In the wake of the so-called Trojan Horse allegations, there will be 40 unannounced school inspections in England this month, Ofsted has revealed.

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M&S offers online education courses

The High Street retailer is entering online education with the launch of a business course with Leeds University.

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Universities 'ignoring lads' culture'

A laddish culture on university campuses across the UK is being ignored by vice-chancellors, the NUS says.

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'Backing' for payday loan advert ban

Research suggests three-quarters of British parents want to see payday loan firms banned from advertising to children.

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Top universities 'are the richest'

Money is key to being a top university, suggests analysis by Times Higher Education, ahead of its annual world university rankings.

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Books donated to fire-hit art school

Glasgow School of Art replaces 22% of its most popular books that were lost in a fire at its Mackintosh building in June.

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Top GCSE grade to be given to just 3%

Ofqual says just 3% of GCSE entries in English and maths will be awarded the highest grade under the new system of marking pupils from grades 9-1 instead of A*-G.

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Poor GCSEs at 16, 'no better by 18'

Most students who fail to get good GCSEs in English and maths at 16, have not met these standards by 18, figures for 2013 suggest.

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Tuition is key issue to young voters

BBC Scotland finds tuition fees is a key issue for 16 and 17-year-olds who will be voting in next week's referendum on Scottish independence.

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Father 'warned Ofsted a year ago'

The father of a pupil at an academy being investigated over claims it was tipped off about an Ofsted inspection says he warned authorities a year before an inquiry was launched.

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English course gets 100,000 students

The British Council says its first online Mooc course is one of the world's biggest English language classes.

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Ofsted warning over Neet generation

Too many young people in England drop out of sixth-form or college and are not being given the right chances that will help them in the future, Ofsted warns.

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China widens schools in Pisa tests

There will be a much wider sample of Chinese pupils taking part in the next round of the international Pisa tests, says the OECD.

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US schools to have non-white majority

White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be a minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.

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How many Greek legends were really true?

How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?

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What makes a conference really irritating?

Conferences are part and parcel of academic life - and there are plenty of ways in which they can be extremely irritating.

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Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

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Tackling taboo of education corruption

An international project wants to make it easier to find out about the scale of corruption in education.

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US online courses open up to Iran

A major US online university network says restrictions are to be partially lifted on providing online courses for students in Iran.

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Educate and tackle terror - Gillard

World leaders are to be asked for $3.5bn to support education in developing countries, which Julia Gillard says is a good investment.

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Warning on lack of careers advice

Careers services for young people in England need to be urgently improved, says a report from an advisory body set up by the government.

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Tough schools 'to get best new heads'

A network of 100 "talented leaders" will be sent into England's most challenging schools over the next two years, the government announces.

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UK shifts towards 'graduate economy'

The UK has passed a significant milestone towards becoming a graduate economy, says an annual OECD international education report.

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PE funding has 'positive effect'

Children in nine out of 10 primary schools in England are getting better PE lessons thanks to new sport funding, suggests research for the government.

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Boost adult basic skills, urge MPs

The adults who struggle most with literacy and numeracy are not getting the help they need, say MPs.

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Teenagers 'moved from care to B&Bs'

More than half of English councils placed young people leaving care in bed-and-breakfast accommodation last year - in breach of government guidelines - new data shows.

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Sibling bullying ups depression risk

Being bullied regularly by a brother or sister could put children at risk of depression when they are older, suggests a study.

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AUDIO: Should students learn to cook?

Some parents, concerned about their children's welfare when they go to university for the first time this weekend, have been signing them up for cookery classes.

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VIDEO: Warning over school leavers' skills

Too many courses for school leavers in England are not providing the skills needed to help them find work or go on to further education, Ofsted warns.

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AUDIO: Abuser: I'm 'lucky' wife stood by me

A former domestic abuser says he is "so lucky" his wife of 30 years stood by him.

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VIDEO: Why is there a Tube train at a school?

England has a relatively new breed of schools called University Technical Colleges with their unique form of funding.

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Africa's first education tablet

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

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University places information gap

What results do students really need to get into a university course?

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London's GCSE lessons for England

Spreading London's school success more widely

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At what price a university degree?

Cost-benefit analysis of a degree by US experts

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The history of school uniforms

School uniform: a history of 'rebellion and conformity'

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