Education

Southampton University in new pay row

Image copyright PA The vice-chancellor of Southampton University was awarded a pay package of £424,000 last year – £72,000 more than he earned the previous year. Accounts show Sir Christopher Snowden was paid £352,000 in 2015-16, during which he was in post for 10 months. The university said the extra reflected a full year’s salary […]

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Should young children be grouped by ability?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is the race starting too young? Should children as young as three, four and five be taught by ability? Grouping children like this in nursery school, Reception and Years 1 and 2 is increasingly common across England, according to a report by University College London’s Institute of Education and […]

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University of Bath vice-chancellor quits in pay row

Image caption Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell has faced criticism over excessive pay The vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, facing accusations of excessive pay, has stepped down. Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell, the UK’s highest paid vice-chancellor with a salary of £468,000, had become the focus of criticisms of rising pay among university leaders. Lecturers had […]

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Social mobility: The worst places to grow up poor

Image caption Rhythmical Mike is a successful performer – but says his schooldays were “a nightmare” “You’ve got this – the whirlwind that you’re in – is the beginning of something wonderfully new – for you.” Rhythmical Mike, a 24-year-old East Midlands poet, performs his work to pupils at Lovers’ Lane Primary school in Newark, […]

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Pullman's plea to save school libraries

Image copyright Getty Images Children’s authors such as Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman are calling for a halt to the “shocking decline” in England’s school libraries. They, along with 148 others, wrote to Education Secretary Justine Greening, asking her to signal her belief in the “value of literacy” for learning. She is being urged to […]

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Bath University vice-chancellor wins no confidence vote

Image copyright University of Bath The highest-paid vice-chancellor in the UK has narrowly won over a motion of no-confidence. Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor at the University of Bath, has faced criticism over her salary of £468,000. Some 350 staff called for her resignation at University and College Union meeting on Wednesday. A later university senate […]

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School exclusion 'the ultimate rejection' for adopted kids

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adoption UK says exclusion reinforces rejection “Being permanently excluded was the ultimate rejection for him,” says Faye, mother of 15-year-old Joe. Faye says since he was excluded from secondary school, Joe’s behaviour has deteriorated, with a devastating knock-on effect for the rest of the family. But this family’s experience […]