Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘Anything but inclusive’: No school places for three disabled sisters

Jan Ansell has three disabled daughters whom she adopted with her husband Kevin because, as foster carers, they could not bear the pain...

Special needs education breaking our budgets, warn councils

County councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets, with local authorities overspending by...

Boy excluded from assembly over haircut when barber made a mistake

Arun Purba had a shorter crop than expected (Picture: NCJM)A pupil aged 12 couldn’t go to a special leavers’ assembly because he accidentally...

How women created some of the world's biggest education tech companies

Everything’s going digital, and that includes education. From homework management apps to virtual reality geometry lessons, there’s plenty on offer from companies competing...

Parents use savings and second jobs to support children at university

Parents say they are contributing £360 each month to support their children at university, with some forced to dip into their savings or...

Russia denies visas to teachers at Anglo-American school

Russia has denied visas to teachers of the Anglo-American school in Moscow, in a move described by one teacher as “blowback” over worsening...

Number of small schools in England has halved since 1980

The number of small schools in England has halved in recent decades, with those in rural and village settings twice as likely to...

Students turn their backs on Saturday jobs in favour of working online

Just half of 14 to 21-year-olds say they work part-time compared with seven in 10 of their parents’ generation who did so (Picture:...

Government proposals 'fall short' on helping home-schooled children

The government has been accused by councils of watering down plans to improve oversight of the growing number of school-aged children who are...

What are the cheaper alternatives to rising childcare costs?

A survey today found that the average cost of one week of holiday childcare is £138 per child (Picture: iStockphoto)Children might be looking...

School textbooks are on the way out – and pupils will lose so much...

The world’s largest publisher of textbooks is preparing to throw in the towel on print and paper: Pearson has announced a digital-first strategy...

Pearson shifts to Netflix-style subscription model for textbooks

The era of students using their loans to buy expensive textbooks upfront could be coming to an end, after the academic publisher Pearson...

‘I loved my time at uni. I struggle to remember anything bad’ – alumni...

They’re supposed to be the best days of your life – but is university everything it’s cracked up to be, now that it...

Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to...

Before your child starts university, it’s helpful to think about challenges they have already faced, and talk with them about how they might...

Kids off to uni? Here's how you can help

Before his teenage sons left for university, Richard Marshall taught them to make curry, bread and home-brewed beer. As a single parent, he...

Experience: ‘My son going to university made my own course possible’

The empty nest hit me quite hard, perhaps because Jack was the first to go away. But although that first year was difficult,...

Personal statements: How to help them sell themselves

A student’s personal statement is exactly what it sounds like – a chance for the student to put their case for being accepted,...

Parents face bigger childcare bills than ever before over summer holidays

Holiday childcare costs were found to be highest in the South East, at an average of £162 per week per child (Picture: iStockphoto)Working...

University green rankings at risk despite climate emergency

While young people call for urgent action on the climate emergency, universities are lagging behind, with two-thirds likely to fail their 2020 targets...

Experience: ‘Young people can get “happy ears”. We wanted to inject some realism’

Fiona ScottBusiness owner and consultant The open day at the University of Gloucestershire, where Sammie now studies, was very well organised. There was a...

Empty nests: ‘I don’t want to be their friend on Facebook’ because it’s their...

It’s never been easier for parents to stay in touch with their student children. That sounds good, but it has brought new dilemmas....

Student accommodation: from halls to houses (and the family home)

Decisions, decisions, decisions. After pinpointing which subject and university to study at for at least three years, the next serious conundrum for prospective...

Mental health at university: wellbeing tips for students

There’s so much to be enjoyed at university, but for some people, it can be a time of loneliness, of feeling anxious about...

State-school kids who rose to the top in universities

Steve Smith’s parents were devastated to be told at school parents’ evening that the best their working‑class son could hope for was a...

Packing for uni: essentials for a happy home

As your child heads off for a new independent life at university, you have one last chance to make sure they’re prepared –...

Fees and funding: ‘Think of your loan as a graduate tax’

Biology student Molly Savage struggled to imagine how she’d ever afford university – she knew her parents were too cash-strapped to help. But...