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BBC News - Education - UK Edition 

Big GCSE result variations predicted

England's schools are being told to expect big variability in their GCSE results because of the largest changes to the exams for several years.

Assaults on teachers top 90 a day

There were over 90 assaults on teachers by pupils in England each school day last year, official figures show.

Exam body to check 'extra help' data

The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils.

Academy trustee is new Ofsted chief

David Hoare, a trustee of a struggling academies chain, is announced by the government as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted.

Nursery teachers higher status call

Nursery school teachers should be given the same status and pay as those in primary school, the Pre-School Learning Alliance says.

'Toilet phone' teacher gets life ban

A teacher is banned from the profession for life for setting his mobile phone to record in a Northampton secondary school's toilets.

School standards £5m funding fears

There are fears millions of pounds could be diverted from current schools' improvements programmes to fund a new policy also aimed at raising standards.

Employers prefer 'soft' skills

Employers prefer "soft" skills rather than technical knowledge in graduates they are recruiting, a study says.

Trust told academies need to improve

Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.

Adoption films for would-be parents

Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.

New student loan model discussed

Ministers and officials have been considering an idea that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, BBC Newsnight learns.

Playgrounds squeezed in places crush

Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.

Universities 'must elect more women'

Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.

Exam reform delayed by schools

Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.

What makes a conference really irritating?

Conferences are part and parcel of academic life - and there are plenty of ways in which they can be extremely irritating.

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

What do you do with millions of extra graduates?

China and India have record numbers of graduates. But what happens if they cannot find jobs?

Teachers feel undervalued by public

An international survey by the OECD shows a widespread pattern of teachers feeling a lack of respect for their profession.

Tackling taboo of education corruption

An international project wants to make it easier to find out about the scale of corruption in education.

You mean you're not on holiday yet?

School summer holidays have begun in parts of Europe - but do they lose out on results?

US online courses open up to Iran

A major US online university network says restrictions are to be partially lifted on providing online courses for students in Iran.

Educate and tackle terror - Gillard

World leaders are to be asked for $3.5bn to support education in developing countries, which Julia Gillard says is a good investment.

Nostalgia 'makes people spend money'

A feeling of nostalgia makes people part with money more easily, according to academics studying patterns of consumer behaviour.

Food learning theory for obese women

Obese women may have a "food learning impairment" that could explain their attitude to food, research from Yale School of Medicine suggests.

Funding boost for music education

Music education for children in England is to receive an £18m boost in funding, the Department for Education says.

Degrees least likely for white teens

University application levels have increased among all groups, but ethnic minority pupils are the most likely to seek places.

'Disturbing' Trojan inquiry findings

Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, warns of evidence of intolerance in schools as the government's Trojan horse report is published.

Teacher wins unfair dismissal claim

A teacher who was cleared of sexually assaulting a pupil but then sacked by his school wins a claim for unfair dismissal.

Graduate posts in the UK 'grow 17%'

There has been a significant increase in the number of graduate vacancies in the UK but many employers are struggling to fill posts, a poll says.

Ban B&Bs for care leavers, say MPs

Young adults leaving the care system in England should be provided with regulated accommodation and not placed in bed and breakfasts, say MPs.


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