Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant | Society

Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant | Society

Support offered to families to help with the cost of school uniforms has plummeted, with the vast majority unable to access any help at all, according to new analysis. Financial aid for uniforms has fallen by more than 70% across England since 2010. More than 80% of cash-strapped local councils now offer no assistance, blaming […]

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Support for children with special educational needs 'in crisis' | Education

Support for children with special educational needs ‘in crisis’ | Education

Services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are in crisis, with families experiencing delays of up to 90 weeks and complaints at record levels, according to the local government and social care ombudsman. Ombudsman Michael King said the number of complaints from frustrated parents had gone up by 45% over a two-year […]

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'Shameful rise': 18% of children now leave school as low achievers | Education

‘Shameful rise’: 18% of children now leave school as low achievers | Education

The number of children leaving school without basic qualifications by the age of 18 has risen by nearly a quarter in the past three years, according to a report by the children’s commissioner for England. Almost one in five children (18%) left school last year without the government benchmark of five good GCSEs, or the […]

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UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care | Society

UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care | Society

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counselling last year, with the worst case being […]

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UK work visas for foreign graduates to be extended to two years | Education

UK work visas for foreign graduates to be extended to two years | Education

International students are to be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university, the government will announce, overturning a key plank of Theresa May’s restrictive immigration policies. Currently, graduates with bachelors or master’s degrees are allowed to look for work for only four months. From next year all international graduates could qualify […]

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Williamson promises review of special needs education in England | Education

Williamson promises review of special needs education in England | Education

The government is to review the provision and funding of special needs education for children in England, after the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, admitted that many families faced struggles as a result of the government’s reforms. The introduction of education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in 2014 was followed by a steep increase in the […]

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The Guardian view on Sajid Javid’s spending review: please sir, can we have some more? | Editorial | Opinion

The Guardian view on Sajid Javid’s spending review: please sir, can we have some more? | Editorial | Opinion

The roots of Wednesday’s extraordinary performance by the chancellor, Sajid Javid, stretch back at least two and a half years. In the 2017 general election, a nurse on Question Time asked Theresa May why her pay hadn’t gone up once in real terms since 2009. The then prime minister’s response? “There isn’t a magic money […]

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School heads criticise new reception tests for five-year-olds | Education

School heads criticise new reception tests for five-year-olds | Education

Headteachers and campaigners have urged the government to halt plans to introduce a start-of-school assessment for four- and five-year-olds, arguing it is a waste of money and will not benefit schools or children. About half of all primary schools in England will begin to trial the 20-minute test from this week as the new school […]

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New teachers' salary in England could reach £30,000, says DfE | Education

New teachers’ salary in England could reach £30,000, says DfE | Education

Starting salaries for new teachers in England could rise to £30,000 within four years, the government has confirmed, as part of its plans to increase recruitment and improve the status of the profession. The announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) that it will push for higher pay for newly-qualified teachers was revealed by the […]

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School’s back – but some parents can’t keep up with cost of branded uniforms | Education

School’s back – but some parents can’t keep up with cost of branded uniforms | Education

Charities and community groups aiming to lower the cost of buying school uniforms for low-income families say they cannot keep pace with rocketing demand, as parents struggle to afford essential items for their children in the run-up to the start of the new school year. The popularity of groups offering free donations and secondhand school […]

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