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BBC News: Education

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to plug 'school funding black hole'

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn tells head teachers he will plug a £3bn gap in school funding in England.

School funding: Shorter school week should be considered, say head teachers

Introducing a four-and-a-half day week in England would be a last resort, head teachers say.

Sats tests: Exam results 'manipulated for political agenda'

Head teachers express concerns that exam results can be manipulated by politicians and their agencies.

Head teachers vote to oppose grammar school expansion

The National Association of Head Teachers backed moves to reject a new wave of grammar schools.

School cutbacks put 'education system at risk'

Head teachers say government required savings risk destabilising education.

Oxford University sorry for eye contact racism claim

The university apologises after it was accused of discriminating against autistic people.

University fee increases pushed through

Almost all universities in England can increase fees each year up to 2020, in a last minute deal to push through legislation.

Overseas aid 'should focus on education', say MPs

At least 10% of the UK's aid budget should be spent on international education, say MPs

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Department for Education

Guidance: Independent special schools and colleges

Updated: Updated 'Special schools and colleges approved under section 41 in England and Wales' document.

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.

Official Statistics: Graduate labour market statistics: 2016

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

Guidance: Child death overview panels: contacts

Updated: Updated contact details for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea Westminster and Walsall.

Contact details of the person responsible for dealing with child death notifications in every child death overview panel (CDOP) in England.

CDOPs conduct case reviews to help prevent further child deaths. You can find out more about their responsibilities in the ‘Working together to safeguard children’ guidance.

Guidance: Free school pre-opening guide

Updated: Updated guidance to reflect our current policies on funding, governance, admissions and other important areas that projects must comply with during pre-opening.

Guidance on how to complete the necessary steps to open one of the following types of free school:

mainstream special (for children with special educational needs or disabilities) alternative provision (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school) 16 to 19

Guidance: Free school staffing issues

Updated: Updated letter to free school trusts to clarify the conditions under which DfE will underwrite a principal designate’s salary.

These guidance documents give advice to free schools on the following staffing topics:

pensions, and which pension schemes free schools must offer by law the conditions under which DfE will underwrite a principal designate’s salary

A principal designate is the person who is due to be the principal or headteacher when a free school opens.

Transparency data: DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added 'Department for Education and executive agency spend: March 2017'.

Data for spending over £25,000 by:

Department for Education (DfE) Standards and Testing Agency (STA) Education Funding Agency (EFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

We aim to publish the data for the previous month by the last working day of the current month.

The previous year’s technical note explains what data we’ve included and why.

Transparency data: Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added 'Teachers’ Pension Scheme payments: March 2017'.

Teachers’ pension scheme payments are routine daily cash transfers to Capita to fund the payments it makes to pensioners and others on behalf of DfE.

We aim to publish the data for the previous month by the last working day of the current month.

The previous year’s technical note explains what data we’ve included and why.

Transparency data: DfE and executive agency ePCS spend over £500: 2016 to 2017

Updated: Added 'Department for Education and executive agency spend over £500 by ePCS: March 2017’.

Details of all ePCS expenditure over £500 by:

Department for Education (DfE) Education Funding Agency (EFA) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Standards and Testing Agency (STA)

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Education Guardian

If May really does mean what she says, she should put it in writing | Andrew ...

The PM has been long on rhetoric, short on action and the Tory manifesto should contain some real promises

On the night of Theresa May’s announcement that she was calling a snap election, she addressed a private meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. She rehearsed to them the Brexit-related arguments for going to the country that she...

Teacher knows best? Not any longer as parents muscle in on the classroom

Abusive emails, letters to Ofsted: teachers face harassment

When Geoff Barton started teaching in 1985, parents’ evening – a brief five-minute chat – was the only time teachers saw most mums and dads. If families had a concern, they might write a letter, or call the school office.

Fast-forward three decades and the dynamics between schools and par...

Theresa May: the fruits of Brexit - cartoon

Chris Riddell on what the Tories are really thinking

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English secondary schools 'facing perfect storm of pressures'

Headteachers say cuts, changes to exams, problems recruiting teachers and Brexit could have severe consequences for children

Secondary schools in England are facing a “perfect storm” of pressures that could have severe consequences for children, headteachers have said.

Budget cuts, changes to exams, problems recruiting teachers and Brexit are ca...

Secret Teacher: Fidget cubes need kicking out of class

The popular fidget aids are supposed to help individual pupils concentrate, but instead they are distracting my entire class

I was relieved to find the bottle-flipping phenomenon had passed when I returned to school in January. Having already endured many teenage fads (I still find the “let’s try to stab in between our fingers with a compass” tre...

Primary school head and deputy quit over 'bland and joyless' curriculum

Couple Alex and Peter Foggo tell parents at Longparish school in Hampshire that Tory education policy is reason they are leaving

A couple working as headteacher and deputy head at a Hampshire primary school rated as outstanding have written to parents saying they are quitting because they are so disillusioned by the direction of education policy....

A third of schools in England are underfunded by more than £1m

A new report shows that while money has been found to build 500 new free schools, thousands of existing schools do not have enough funds to keep their buildings in a ‘satisfactory’ condition

A report by a cross-party committee of senior MPs released this week condemned the government’s funding of its free schools programme as incoherent and waste...

Surrey students offered meningitis B jab after undergraduate's death

First-year physics student John Igboanugo died and two others were treated in hospital after contracting illness

Students living on campus at the University of Surrey are being offered the meningitis B vaccine after a student died and two others were taken to hospital with the bug.

John Igboanugo, a first-year physics undergraduate, died earlier t...

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