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Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

12/01/17

A "hard Brexit" would be the "biggest disaster" to have hit the UK's universities for many years, a university head told MPs.Alistair Fitt, vice chancellor of Oxford Brookes, was giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, holding a special away-day session at the University of Oxford.With the elegant panorama of Pembroke College behind them, the MPs wanted to find out what would be the impact...

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London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

19/12/16

A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore.The international Pisa education rankings, published earlier this month, showed UK 15-year-olds were well behind the leaders when it came to maths, science and reading - but a handful of UK schools bucked the trend. Michael McKenzie, head teacher...

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A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

09/12/16

A shake-up of the exams system makes it all the more important for teenagers to think carefully about their A-level choices, leading universities say.Sixth-formers now have fewer chances to try a subject at AS-level before committing to taking the full A-level.This means their subject choices carry more weight, according to the Russell Group, which represents 24 research-intense UK institutions.The...

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Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

28/11/16

Chaotic careers education in England's schools could jeopardise the UK's future economic prosperity, says education watchdog Ofsted. Lack of an "overarching government strategy" means a generation is leaving school unready for work, it argues.  The UK's post-Brexit success depends on harnessing "home-grown talent", says chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. The government said its strategy...

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Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site

Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site

24/11/16

Bletchley Park, the site of secret code-deciphering projects during World War Two, could become the centre for a new generation of codemakers and codebreakers.There are plans for a training college to teach cybersecurity skills to 16-19 year olds at the Buckinghamshire site.Former Home Secretary Lord Reid said it had become vital to build up the "talent pool" for cyber-defence.The college in a wartime...

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Cash injection to secure youth music for four years

Cash injection to secure youth music for four years

22/11/16

Practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years, ministers have announced. The hubs, first set up in 2012, allow children to play instruments, sing in choirs or play in bands, but continued funding has been uncertain.Now the government has announced £300m to last over the next four years. The Musicians Union said the cash would...

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