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Last update: Saturday 20th April
 
Students should apply for university after they get their A-Levels results, in a major shake-up proposed by university and college staff. The University and College Union (UCU) says the move will eliminate unconditional offers and “chaotic” clearing process, and courses would start in November.
According to the UCU, no other countries use grade predictions to award university places.

EducationThe Sentinel, 14 January 2019
 
Ofsted will crack down on bad behavior in classrooms, with schools being judged on the learning environment they provide for students. Proposals for its new framework include the introduction of separate judgments about learners’ personal development, behavior and attitudes.

EducationThe Sentinel, 17 January 2019
 
League tables published in November show faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primary schools in the UK. Out of the top 100 state primaries, 48 are faith schools – 19 of them Church of England. The good performance comes in the face of pressure from humanists to end the government funding of faith schools. Faith schools account for just 37% of all primary schools in the UK.
EducationEvangelicals Now January 2019
 
Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced that up to 370 schools in England will trial new lessons in 'mindfulness', arguing that the practice, originating in eastern religions like Buddhism, will support young people's mental health.
EducationChristian Concern 8th February 2019
 
Universities have a legal duty to uphold free speech and cannot ban speakers simply for holding controversial opinions, new guidance says. The guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) states that everybody has a right to express their views, even if they “offend, shock or disturb” others.
EducationThe Christian Institute 7th February 2019
 
Children in private schools will no longer have to be explicitly taught about gay marriage, cohabiting couples or same-sex families, according to guidance issued in early October that critics have described as a government U-turn. The change is contained in guidance on the standards by which independent schools are inspected, which was put out for consultation in March by the education secretary, Damian Hinds.
EducationEvangelicals Now – December 2018
 
The number of teachers leaving the profession has been increasing since 2010, highlighting a “chronic” problem with teacher retention, a report suggests. The report published by the National Foundation for Educational Research, calls for the Government to place a greater emphasis on improving teacher retention in order to ease supply pressures. Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the rate of working-age teachers leaving the profession has increased from 8.9% to 10.3% in primary schools.
EducationThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Going to church, buying a second home or using a relative’s address are some of the tactics used by parents to get their child into a good school, a report has revealed. Almost a third (30 per cent) of professional parents said they know someone who has used ethically dubious means to get their children into a good school. The Sutton Trust’s Parent Power Report draws on a YouGov survey of 1,017 parents of school-age children who were asked to how they choose schools.
EducationThe Sentinel – 13th September 2018
 
In May 2012 the UK Christian Institute reported that children as young as four were being removed from school for sexual misconduct. They were among almost 15,000 youngsters who had been expelled or suspended for sexual offenses – including assaults on teachers – in the previous five years. More than 1,100 were primary school children, some in reception classes.
EducationSword – September/October 2018
 
England’s school system has seen greater funding cuts than Wales in recent years, according to the institute for Fiscal Studies. Cuts to local council budgets and post-16 education have fuelled a larger drop in per pupil spending in England than across the border. Overall, between 2009/10 and 2017/18 total school spending per pupil fell around 8% compared to 5% in Wales.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th July 2018
 
Students could find themselves shelling out thousands of pounds more a year in living costs depending on where they choose to study, according to a study. Research by Which? University suggests that those who choose to study in London could pay out over £15,000 more over a three-year degree in rent and other items such as household bills and food compared to those at a university in Northern Ireland.
EducationThe Sentinel - 16th July 2018
 
Children’s books do not reflect modern UK society, with ethnic minorities significantly under represented, according to a study. Government figures show that, in England, one in three primary school pupils are from a minority ethnic background. But the study, published by national charity the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, says that of the 9,115 children’s books published in the UK last year, just 931 (4%) featured BAME characters.
EducationThe Sentinel - 17th July 2018
 
Children as young as five could be told they can be a boy, a girl or neither, under draft lesson plans backed by the Scottish Government. Also in the draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood lesson plans for five to eight year olds, teachers are encouraged to use a video from homosexual lobby group Stonewall to promote LGBT issues.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 6th August 2018
 
Edinburgh University student union officials will hand out pronoun badges to freshers so that they know what pronouns to use when referring to each other. The Students’ Association has published a guide to sharing pronouns which explains that assuming what pronouns to use based on appearance “can be frustrating and harmful.”
EducationChristian Weekly News - 31st August 2018
 
People who believe men cannot become women should be sent to Soviet-era labour camps for re-education, according to Goldsmiths university’s LGBTQ+ society. Estimates of the number of people who died in the camps, between the 1910s to the 1950s, run into the millions. Following the tweets, Goldsmiths Students’ Union disaffiliated the group, expressing disgust over the social media postings.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 12th September 2018
 
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