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  • Labour backs down from plan to strip private schools of charitable status September 27, 2023
    Party says policy of charging fee-paying schools VAT remains, and ‘doesn’t require’ removing statusPrivate schools would retain some of their tax breaks under a Labour government, after the party backed down on its pledge to strip them of charitable status.The party said it no longer needs to end the charitable status of private schools to […]
    Tom Ambrose
  • ‘It’s quite depressing’: the UK students struggling to find accommodation September 27, 2023
    Three students share their experience of trying to find somewhere to live as academic year beginsAs freshers’ events get into swing for Manchester Metropolitan University students this week, mechanical engineering student Karl still doesn’t know where he will be calling home for the first year of his studies.After Karl gained a place on his course […]
    Clea Skopeliti
  • UK university students facing ‘unprecedented rent rises’ September 27, 2023
    Maintenance loan failing to keep pace with rising rents, which have jumped by more than 8% since last yearUniversity students in the UK are facing “unprecedented rent rises” amid record demand for accommodation, while the value of the maintenance loan designed to cover living costs stagnates, according to a report.Many students are struggling to find […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Fine parents for school absence in England only as last resort, MPs urge September 26, 2023
    Commons education committee report also says mental health struggles should be accepted as valid reason for missing schoolMental health difficulties should be a valid reason for children to miss school while fines aimed at parents should be kept as a “last resort”, according to MPs on the Commons education committee.The committee’s report into rising levels […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Strike by support staff closes hundreds of Scottish schools September 26, 2023
    Three-day action over cuts begins amid confusion caused by split between unions on how to handle new offerThe Scottish government has been warned to anticipate more school strikes as thousands of pupils spent the first of three days at home on Tuesday.Last-minute talks over the weekend had failed to halt the strike action by school […]
    Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
  • ‘This is not a Trump-y, conservative education’: Florida’s controversial new SAT alternative September 26, 2023
    Will the Classic Learning Test bring ‘truth and beauty’ back into education – or is it fueling Ron DeSantis’s extremist agenda?From the “don’t say gay” law, which bans discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom, to laws helping parents challenge school library books they oppose, Ron DeSantis has turned Florida’s public schools into a culture […]
    Alaina Demopoulos
  • UK schools should teach all four nations’ histories, says David Olusoga September 26, 2023
    Historian says ignorance and indifference between UK nations could pose biggest threat to future of unionSchools in the UK need to teach the history of all four nations, the historian David Olusoga has said, warning that ambivalence and indifference risk pulling apart the union.The fact that A-level pupils in England do not learn much about […]
    Rachel Hall
  • ‘Whatever it takes’: students at 50 US high schools launch climate initiative September 25, 2023
    Green New Deal for Schools demands districts teach climate justice, update buildings and plan for extreme weather Students at more than 50 high schools across the US are proposing a Green New Deal for Schools, demanding that their districts teach climate justice, create pathways to green jobs after graduation and plan for climate disasters, among […]
    Maanvi Singh
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