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Cambridge has topped an annual league table of UK universities for the eighth year in a row. The prestigious institution saw off competition from Oxford, as well as a number of London universities.
EducationThe Sentinel - 25th April 2018
 
The government had made a U-turn over its promise to remove the ‘faith cap’ on free schools. The cap – which prohibits oversubscribed faith schools from selecting more than half of their intake on the basis of religion – will remain, but funds will be provided for local authorities to create Voluntary Aided faith schools that can be fully selective on the grounds of religion.
EducationPremier Christianity – June 2018
 
Religious education ranked near the bottom of a YouGov poll looking at which school subjects were considered important. Only twelve percent considered it “very important”, with the majority calling it “not very important."
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
Students from faith schools in England are less likely to be absent from school than pupils in other state schools. Around 20 percent of faith schools reported a persistent absence issue with that number rising to 34 percent at other state-funded schools, according to Department for Education figures.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins have both signed a letter in The Daily Telegraph along with more than 60 others, arguing that the cap on the number of religious students at faith schools should stay. Currently, faith schools are limited in the number of pupils they can admit who share the religious ethos of the school. However, the government has committed to lifting the 50 percent cap in order to encourage faith groups to open new schools.
EducationPremier Christianity – April 2018
 
Ninety per cent of children who leave primary school in low-income countries are not expected to read or do basic maths, a new report from the Department for International Development (DFID) says. Globally, most children now have access to basic education, and, in 2015, 17 per cent of spending in low-income countries and 16 per cent in lower-middle-income countries went to education. But it is estimated that low- and middle-income countries spend two per cent of GDP on education that does not lead to learning.
EducationChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Ofsted’s recently released 2016-17 annual report is critical of independent faith schools. The Ofsted rating system groups schools into four categories: 'outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’. According to the report, a third of independent Christian schools were marked as either ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. One of the main reasons Ofsted cites is the failure to teach British values.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
As the government asks for public opinion on teaching about sex and relationships, a new poll suggests parents should be at the heart of what is being taught. Research carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Evangelical Alliance found that almost 80 per cent of adults believe parents should have access to the content created for children ahead of lessons when it’s due to be delivered. Two thirds believe it is the job of parents to decide when children should learn about sensitive subjects such as sexual activity and orientation.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
Poor teenagers are being put at a disadvantage by the current university application system, which relies heavily on predicted grades and personal statements, it has been suggested. Bright teenagers from poor backgrounds are more likely to be predicted A-level grades lower than they actually achieve, according to a UCL study. This means that they can end up applying for degree courses with lower entry requirements than they are capable of getting.
EducationThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Primary schools should put their best teachers in reception class as children taught well in their first year achieve better GCSEs more than a decade later, educational experts have found. A study of 40,000 children in England has shown that an effective start in school boosts development through compulsory education to the age of 16. Researchers measured children’s reading and maths development at four, then at the end of the reception year, at seven, 11 and 16.
EducationThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
A school leaver’s chances of going to university depend heavily on where they live, new figures suggest. London teenagers are around 25% more likely to go into higher education than their peers across England, according to the Ucas data, while the region with the lowest proportion was the South West at 28.9%. On average, a third (33.3%) of 18-year-olds in England went on to study for a degree this autumn.
EducationThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
Highly conservative faith schools in England that persistently fail to promote or “actively undermine” fundamental British values must be investigated, the latest annual report from Ofsted says. The report, published on Wednesday by the chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, found that, overall, 90 per cent of primary schools and 79 per cent of secondary schools were rated as good or outstanding in the past year.
EducationChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
Inspectors need new powers to tackle conservative faith schools which are “spreading beliefs that clash with British values”, a major Ofsted report will say on Wednesday. An increasing number of ultra-religious schools are teaching children in a way that threatens to undermine principles of tolerance and respect, according to the school inspectorate’s annual report.
EducationThe Telegraph - 13th December 2017
 
According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), 28 per cent of secondary schools give no dedicated curriculum time to RE. It estimates that this equates to 800,000 pupils missing out. The number is even higher within academies, which make up the majority of secondary schools. A third don’t offer formal RE teaching to 11 to 13-year-olds, rising to 44 per cent for 14 to 16-year-olds.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
A growing number of schools are removing the historical terms BC and AD from religious education lessons in a bid to avoid offending non-Christians. Teachers in East Sussex and Essex are among those replacing ‘Before Christ’ and ‘Anno Domini’ (which means the year of the Lord) with ‘Before Common Era’ (BCE) and ‘Common Era’ (CE) according to an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.
EducationPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
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