Education

Parents struggle to handle children’s tech habits

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Many parents let younger children use their tablets unsupervised in their bedroom Parents worry about how excessive mobile use is affecting their children but struggle to tame their tech habits, suggests a survey. It found that 43% of 7,000 parents across Europe who were surveyed were concerned that using gadgets […]

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Two-year degree plan to cut cost of tuition fees

Image copyright Getty Images Students in England are being promised the option of “accelerated” two-year degree courses, saving 20% on tuition fees compared with a three-year course. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed plans for universities to be able to charge higher fees for shorter, more intensive courses. It would mean paying about £5,500 less […]

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Integrated school to use transfer tests

Image copyright Google MAPSImage caption The all-ability post-primary school has been open since 1997 An integrated school in County Down wants to use academic selection tests to admit some of its pupils. Strangford Integrated College currently admits 35% of Year 8 pupils to a “grammar stream”. They use evidence of academic ability for this, including […]

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Schools admit informally excluding pupils

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Informal exclusions are unlawful A dozen schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have admitted informally excluding pupils at some stage last year, the BBC has learned. BBC News asked more than 1,000 secondary schools whether they informally excluded children last year, using Freedom of Information requests. And six schools […]