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'US search' for next Ofsted head

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is understood to be looking to the US for the next head of England's schools inspectorate Ofsted.

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Support staff 'do teachers' work'

Teacher shortages mean support staff are having to pick up work normally done by qualified teachers, suggests research by a union.

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MSPs call for return of post-study visa

Holyrood's devolution committee calls on the UK government to reintroduce post-study work visas which were cancelled in 2012.

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Abuse whistle-blowing helpline launched

A whistle-blowing helpline for employees in England to raise concerns about child protection failures - run by the NSPCC with government funding - is to be launched.

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Tests for four-year-olds 'disruptive'

New tests in England for four-year-olds are unreliable and disrupt children's start to school, research for a teaching union suggests.

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Plaid offers to write off student debts

Students who stay in Wales to study or return home to work after graduation should have £6,000 a year of debts written off, Plaid Cymru says.

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College lecturers in strike ballot

The EIS is to ballot college lecturers across Scotland over whether they should take industrial action in a dispute over their pay.

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University A-level 'safety net' offers

A UK university is competing for students by promising places even if applicants miss by one A-level grade.

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Student loan repayment avoiders targeted

Graduates in England and Wales who fail to repay their student loan in time could be prosecuted, ministers warn.

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Website offers advice for older drivers

A website advising senior citizens how to drive safely for longer - and when to stop altogether - is launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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Sex education 'will not be compulsory'

England's education secretary rejects MPs' calls to make sex-and-relationship education compulsory in all schools.

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Universities to target poor white boys

More students from white working class backgrounds are to be targeted in a university recruitment drive

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Most P1 pupils learn a foreign language

The majority of pupils in Scotland are learning an additional language in primary one, says the Scottish government.

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Academy chain schools 'not good enough'

Ofsted has warned the E-Act academy chain that the quality of education for too many pupils is "not good enough".

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Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London

Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London

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Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

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University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

A university in Nigeria is trying to help a rising tide of people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

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South Sudan's struggle for schools hit by abductions

Pupils preparing for exams are abducted, as South Sudan tries to re-open schools

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Can Lithuania turn brain drain into brain gain?

Can Lithuania reverse loss of young and talented?

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Seven big myths about improving schools

Seven big myths about why some countries are good at education

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France plans elite mega-university

A new university in Paris wants to create a "knowledge hub" competing with Silicon Valley.

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Could time travel really take place?

Universities examine whether time travel is really possible

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Playground-urinating pupils warned

Parents are told to warn their children against urinating in a playground by the school's head teacher.

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'Iron Boy' granted superhero wish

A young Australian boy with cystic fibrosis was given the chance to save Sydney from a super villain on Thursday.

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VIDEO: What's the point of an expensive MBA?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all made fortunes despite being college dropouts. So why bother with the time and cost of a business degree if you can make it without one?

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VIDEO: School support staff 'taken for granted'

The majority of classroom support staff claim they have done the work of a fully-qualified teacher, according to a survey.

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VIDEO: The dance teacher with Down's syndrome

Hannah is one of the few dance teachers in the UK with a learning disability

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VIDEO: Why UK adults are going back to school

Why millions of UK adults are going back to school. For some, it's an opportunity to learn a new skill, for others it's an avenue back into the world of work.

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Are economics degrees fit for purpose?

Are economics degrees fit for purpose?

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Does Cameron's university claim stack up?

Are there really more black males in prison than in universities?

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E-books versus paperbacks in schools

How e-books are making a difference to children

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Rhodes statue is part of global protest

Oxford's statue row is part of global student protest

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Is the UK really in Scandinavia?

Is the UK really part of Scandinavia?

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Is South Africa's education system really 'in crisis'?

Why are South Africa's schools in such a mess?

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