Education

Snow excuses: E-learning on snow days

Image copyright Getty Images Snowy weather has already arrived in parts of the US and Europe and is forecast for the UK later this month. For school students, it means the chance of benefiting from the long-standing tradition of the “snow day”, when schools are forced to close and students get an unexpected day off. […]

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Birkenhead school’s meal threat angers parents

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Devonshire Park Primary said it had been forced to take action as it was owed more than £1,000 Parents have reacted angrily to a letter sent by a school threatening to withhold hot meals from children if dinner money arrears are not paid. Devonshire Park Primary in Merseyside said it was […]

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Rich students save by paying fees up front

Image copyright Getty Images The wealthiest students are going to university in England for the lowest cost, by paying their tuition fees up front, say researchers. About 10% of students are not taking out loans and so avoid interest rates of 6.3% paid by other students, says the Intergenerational Foundation. The think tank says it […]

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Cambridge University 1908 suffrage banners recreated

Image copyright Newnham CollegeImage caption Students from Newnham and Girton colleges carried the original banner through London in 1908 An artist had to learn “lost techniques” to recreate a suffrage banner for Cambridge University. The original was carried by students from women’s colleges Newnham and Girton on marches in London in 1908. The “very fragile” […]

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Healthy eating: What is a correct food portion?

Nutrition scientists have devised a new way of measuring out food portions – using your hands, thumbs and fists rather than a set of scales. The new guide from the British Nutrition Foundation has been created after studying portion sizes around the world and what is available in UK supermarkets. It is thought that better […]

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Universal credit: Single mums win High Court battle

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The women say the “rigid” system has left them unable to make ends meet (illustrated by models) Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government’s universal credit scheme. They argued a “fundamental problem” with the system meant their monthly payments varied “enormously”, leaving them out […]

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Schools facing ‘financial cliff edge’

Image caption Schools are facing a “marked deterioration” in their finances, an analysis says Almost a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, a study suggests. The Education Policy Institute says its research shows the proportion of such schools with budgets in the red has almost quadrupled in […]