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School absence guidelines issued

New guidelines for head teachers in England on the situations in which pupils can be given time off during term time have been drawn up.

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Students fined over sexist chants

A number of students are fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.

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Norfolk schools inquiry faces review

The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.

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Head teachers' union NAHT joins TUC

The National Association of Head Teachers which represents 28,500 school leaders, has joined the Trades Union Congress.

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Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

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Employers condemn student visa rules

Universities and business leaders call for changes in student visa rules, but the immigration minister says their criticisms are based on "myths".

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Fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs

New data shows fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams system.

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'Anti-extremism' school code shelved

The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.

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Graduates 'pay fees to universities'

Graduates should pay their university a proportion of their future earnings rather than taking out loans, a report by a free-market think tank suggests.

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Police 'let down' abuse-risk children

A whistleblower tells the BBC hundreds of people at risk of sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police.

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Ofsted 'can inspect academy chains'

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has publicly contradicted the head of Ofsted over whether the watchdog has the right to inspect academy chains.

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Virtual lessons help fire-hit school

Pupils at a secondary school closed by a fire, are using online lessons in what is being claimed as the UK's biggest virtual school experiment.

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Clegg targets teachers' workload

Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vows to cut down on "pointless paperwork".

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Nursery learning boost 'short-lived'

Research suggests the educational benefits of free nursery places in England are not lasting.

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Ofsted 'escaped blame' over Baby P

A cover-up led to Ofsted escaping blame for its part in the Baby P scandal, according to a BBC documentary.

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Schools 'should check kids' teeth'

Schools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, says the advisory body, NICE.

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The world's most compassionate 24 hours

The world's most compassionate 24 hours

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'Teachers not footballers' for Brazil

Brazil says it needs teachers not footballers

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Google's top 20 university searches

Google has revealed the most popular searches when people around the world are looking for university information.

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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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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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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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Gladiators were 'mostly vegetarian'

Roman gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a graveyard where the fighters were buried.

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Mystery of giant arm dinosaur solved

Two dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed in Mongolia, solving a mystery that has baffled palaeontologists for 50 years.

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Regular cannabis 'harms intelligence'

Teenagers who are regular cannabis users are "impairing" their educational ability - but moderate use does not harm intelligence, say researchers.

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Charity sends schools Ebola resource

Schools across the UK are being sent teaching resources on Ebola, by the charity Action Aid, to help develop a better understanding of the disease.

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Boarding schools issue Ebola advice

The Boarding Schools Association has issued guidance on Ebola after some heads asked how to deal with students returning from affected countries.

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PE cash 'can benefit obese pupils'

Extra funding designed to boost sport in primary schools could be used to tackle childhood obesity, says Ofsted.

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Teens 'should self-regulate net use'

Banning the internet or filtering content may not be the best way to keep children safe online, research suggests.

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Care leavers' 'wellbeing neglected'

A children's charity says the emotional needs of those in care should be prioritised but are often unmet.

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VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'

A new report claims that the government will fail to meet its child poverty reduction targets by 2020.

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VIDEO: Gandalf offers pupils exam advice

On a visit to a school in Somerset, Sir Ian McKellen reprises his role of Gandalf the wizard to offer pupils an exam tip.

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AUDIO: Mums on 'diabolical' holiday fines

The Local Government Association says it is time to scrap a ban that stops parents in England taking children out of school for holidays during term-time. These mothers in Salford give their views.

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VIDEO: Hunt wants public oath for teachers

Teachers should take a public oath committing themselves to the values of their profession, suggests Labour's Tristram Hunt.

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Disabled graduates: Life after university

Life after university for disabled graduates

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Debt campaigners tear up student loans

The people who buy and then cancel student debt

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VIDEO: Rockport honour WW1 poet Weaving

The schoolmaster and war poet from Rockport School

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Disabled students: Molly goes to university

A deafblind student's first month at university

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The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s

What happened to the kids from 1970s experimental schools?

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Tackling education's rich-poor gap

How can the rich-poor gap be closed?

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Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

Fight war of ideas against extremism

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Teen trio have chemistry

Teenage science winners aim to tackle world hunger

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