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Cash boost for pupils with special needs and disability

Cash boost for pupils with special needs and disability

06/03/17

Schools in England are to receive a cash boost to help improve facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities.The £215m capital funding has to be spent on increasing school capacity and boosting access for these pupils to good schools.It may be spent on specialised classrooms and facilities, but not on general day-to-day school budgets.The news comes as many schools...

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Older teenagers face biggest funding cuts

Older teenagers face biggest funding cuts

27/02/17

Older teenagers have been the biggest losers as spending on sixth forms and further education has been "continually squeezed" for 25 years, says a report.Spending on 16 to 18-year-olds has faced cuts too often while education spending overall has risen, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies. However, government plans mean schools as a whole face "real-terms cuts for the first time in 20 years...

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Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

13/02/17

Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks. It is hoped 5,700 pupils aged 14 and over will spend up to four hours a week on the subject in a five-year pilot.Classroom and online teaching, "real-world challenges" and work experience will be made available from September. A Commons committee last...

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Work visits result in fewer young 'Neets'

Work visits result in fewer young 'Neets'

03/02/17

Young people who have regular contact with employers while at school are much less likely to become so-called Neets - "not in education, employment or training", according to research.The findings, from the Education and Employers charity, suggest a long-term benefit of links with business.But the research found that employers' involvement was stronger in independent and grammar schools.The charity...

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South African e-learning to reach excluded

South African e-learning to reach excluded

26/01/17

Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no access to education, according to an international report from the ITU/Unesco Broadband Commission.This is especially crucial in the developing world, where Unesco says the digitilisation of learning could be a means of accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, such as ensuring...

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Chinese billionaire offers biggest education prize

Chinese billionaire offers biggest education prize

23/01/17

A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world's most valuable education prize.The Yidan Prize will award nearly $8m (£6.64m) every year to two research projects that have the potential to "transform" global education.Charles Chen Yidan, who co-founded China's internet company, Tencent, wants to use the prize to scale up innovative education research projects and replicate them across...

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