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  • Parents in England: have you recently switched to home education? February 29, 2024
    We would like to hear from parents who began home schooling their child in the last year. What was the main reason for the change?The number of children being homeschooled in England rose by nearly 14% last autumn, official figures show, with parents increasingly citing mental health as the main reason for home education.Department for […]
    Guardian community team
  • The value of studying alongside international students | Letter February 29, 2024
    Dr Angus Holford, Dr Greta Morando and Dr Julián Costas-Fernández respond to news about falling numbers of overseas students coming to BritainThe focus of recent articles on international student numbers (Warnings of economic damage to UK as international student numbers fall by a third, 29 February; Are international students taking over UK universities? No – […]
    Guardian Staff
  • Number of children home schooled in England rises by more than 10,000 February 29, 2024
    Mental health being increasingly cited as main reason for parents choosing home education, official figures findThe number of children in England being home schooled increased by more than 10,000 last autumn, with mental health being increasingly cited by parents as the main reason, according to official figures.The statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE) […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Budget 2024: Hunt urged to boost UK economy by fixing ‘broken’ childcare system February 29, 2024
    London business group says clarifying funding for providers could deliver £11bn economic prize by freeing more adults to workBusiness live – latest updatesJeremy Hunt is being urged by business leaders to fix the UK’s broken childcare system to secure a boost to the economy worth £11bn by enabling more parents and carers to work.In the […]
    Richard Partington Economics correspondent
  • Warnings of economic damage to UK as international student numbers fall by a third February 29, 2024
    University leaders accuse ministers of wanting to ‘diminish our success’ as figures show a plunge in visas issued to overseas studentsImmigration restrictions imposed on international students threaten to damage the UK economy, according to university leaders, with the number enrolling from overseas falling by a third.Universities UK (UUK), which represents mainstream universities and colleges, said […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • The Tories have sucked the joy from the education system. Here are three ways Labour can bring it back | Polly Toynbee February 29, 2024
    Keir Starmer should revitalise Sure Start, focus on children’s happiness – and give a crucial boost to further educationOur writers and experts name the pledges Labour must include in its manifestoChildren became unhappier in the past decade, according to the annual Good Childhood report. The number of eight to 16-year-olds with mental health problems rose […]
    Polly Toynbee
  • Fines for unauthorised absence from school in England to rise by 33% February 29, 2024
    Daily registers will also be shared online with DfE as part of government drive to improve attendanceTaking an unauthorised family holiday is about to get more expensive, with the government announcing that fines for children in England missing school are to rise by 33%.The education secretary, Gillian Keegan, is to overhaul the way local authorities […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Lack of support for children in England leading to ‘literacy crisis’ February 28, 2024
    Crisis could cost economy £830m for each school year group, according to new researchLack of support for early years language and communication development is leading to a “literacy crisis” that could be costing the economy £830m for each school year group, according to new research.The report, led by Pro Bono Economics (PBE) and commissioned by […]
    Ella Creamer
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