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BBC News: Education

Drugs 'used by two in five students'

Drugs are being widely used - but student leaders warn against fines and punishment.

School could close early to ease workload

The head teacher of Ashby Fields Primary in Daventry wants to close early to ease pressure on staff.

Sheffield universities probe 'racism' reports

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are investigating four claims of racism.

Elbow's Guy Garvey to be songwriting professor

The Elbow frontman is to join Manchester Metropolitan University as a visiting professor.

'Bespoke solutions' sought for four Scottish Borders schools

It comes after some Borders secondaries were found to have major defects or were in constant need of repair.

Homeschooling in the UK increases 40% over three years

Mental health and avoiding exclusion are among reasons given for removing children from classrooms.

Abbas Edalat: British-Iranian academic 'arrested as spy'

The Foreign Office says it is "urgently looking into" Iranian news reports of Abbas Edalat's arrest.

Amazon Alexa to reward kids who say: 'Please'

A good manners feature will praise children if they ask questions politely.

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Department for Education

Transparency data: Open academies and academy projects in development

Updated: Updated the spreadsheet to show open academies and academy projects in development in April 2018.

These spreadsheets show:

the total number of open academies in England details of schools that are in the process of getting academy status progress schools are making towards converting to academy status sponsored academy projects in development and the agreed sponsor

We update this spreadsheet monthly as more academies open. We aim to publish these updates in the first week of the month.

You can also read details of open free schools and free schools in the pre-opening stage.

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using the ‘Is there anything wrong with this page?’ link near the bottom of this page emailing the academies data team Academies data team

Collection: Warning notices to independent schools

Updated: Added warning notices from November 2017.

If a school receives a warning notice, it must submit an action plan showing how it will meet the independent school standards in future.

Promotional material: Initial teacher training: public relations

Updated: New advice on how to use the media to secure free editorial coverage, replacing the press release templates.

This is guidance for initial teacher training (ITT) providers and schools.

See our collection, Initial teacher training: marketing resource bank, which includes a recruitment and marketing guide, and other downloadable promotional material.

Guidance: Good estate management for schools: tools

You need a variety of skills, processes and policies to help you run the organisation’s estates.

These tools will help you:

assess your current arrangements identify where improvements can be made

Find more about good school estate management for schools.

Guidance: Independent special schools and colleges

Updated: Updated publication of the Secretary of State approved list has been added for April 2018.

Lists of all independent schools and colleges for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND), including:

schools and colleges approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 in England and Wales independent special schools in England, including non-maintained special schools (NMSS)

NMSS are schools that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

You can filter the lists by local authority or by type of school.

Read the SEND code of practice for parents to find out how to name one of these schools in a child’s education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Visit the school and college performance tables if you’d like to find out about special schools or colleges maintained by a local authority.

Read our guide for independent special schools and colleges interested in applying for approval under section 41.

Transparency data: DfE monthly workforce management information: 2017 to 2018

Updated: Attached March 2018 workforce management information. Added the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and LocatEd to the DfE group list.

Details about the number of people working for the DfE group, and payroll costs for permanent staff and contractors.

The DfE group includes the:

Department for Education (DfE) Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Standards and Testing Agency (STA) Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Student Loans Company (SLC) Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) LocatEd

Research and analysis: Graduate labour market statistics: methodology note

Updated: Updated the methodology note.

The methodology note includes detail on the definitions used and coverage of the graduate labour market statistics.

We will update the note with any significant changes in the methodology.

Official Statistics: Graduate labour market statistics: 2017

These statistics show labour market conditions for the following groups living in England:

graduates postgraduates non-graduates

This release also sets out a breakdown of graduate outcomes by different subcategories, such as gender.

Please contact us with any feedback you have on its content or format.

Higher education analysis

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Education Guardian

I thought US universities were marketised – till I came to the UK | Anonymous...

I expected a culture shock when I crossed the Atlantic, but I didn’t anticipate how corporatised British universities would be

Last July my family sold our home, loaded what remained into storage and moved to the UK. As an American academic, I was driven to take this step by a state that I felt was undermining humanities subjects, and which was r...

School may cut hours to stop teacher 'burnout'

Scrapping of Friday afternoon lessons proposed by Daventry primary school to address teachers’ workload

A primary school is considering closing to pupils on Friday afternoons to help prevent teacher “burnout”.

Moving to a four-and-a-half day week would give staff more time to develop an “exciting curriculum” for pupils, according to Ashby Fields p...

Why we should bulldoze the business school

There are 13,000 business schools on Earth. That’s 13,000 too many. And I should know – I’ve taught in them for 20 years. By Martin Parker

Visit the average university campus and it is likely that the newest and most ostentatious building will be occupied by the business school. The business school has the best building because it makes the bigge...

Average private school fees rise above £17,000 a year for first time

Census figures show slowest annual rate of increase since 1994 – but fees outstrip inflation

The average fee for attending a top private school has risen past £17,000 a year for the first time, despite climbing at the slowest rate for more than 20 years, according to the annual census of leading independent schools.

Data collected from the 1,300 m...

Should we call time on analogue clocks? Some teachers think so | Kester Brewin

Students who can’t read a clock during exams aren’t stupid. It’s just that the tools we use have become more sophisticated

Can you use a slide rule? Can you edit a video? These were two of the questions that came to me when I heard news of anxious debate over the fact that some schools were switching to digital clocks in exam halls because “teena...

Arizona teachers begin strike as wave of education walkouts rolls west

Educators across the state, some of the worst-paid in the US, are preparing to take action after strikes from West Virginia to Oklahoma

Teachers in Arizona will embark on another landmark strike on Thursday, the latest in a series of teachers’ walkouts over wages and funding that has spread across the US from West Virginia to Oklahoma.

Tens of tho...

The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson review – what it means to be a nurse

Nurses are often underappreciated. There are laughter and tears in this remarkable account that immerses the reader in their world

Since my own medical memoir was published last September, I have received – at the time of writing – 57 other medical memoirs by post and email. From publishers requesting cover quotes, newspapers requesting reviews a...

Bank economist calls for counselling for primary school pupils

Andy Haldane says early mental health intervention could lead to sixfold return on investment

The chief economist at the Bank of England has backed the use of counselling services for primary school children, arguing there is a strong economic case for investment in early intervention to improve mental health in later life.

Andy Haldane, who is mo...

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