Education

Women gain higher earnings from degrees

Image copyright Getty Images Women are much more likely than men to get an increase in earnings from going to university, says an analysis of salaries at the age of 29. The study, from the Department for Education and Institute for Fiscal Studies, says women with a degree earn 28% more than non-graduate women. Men […]

Education

Two convicted of running illegal school

Image caption Nacerdine Talbi (left) and Beatrix Bernhardt (right) were accused of running an unregistered school The first-ever convictions for operating an unregistered school in England have been imposed at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Nacerdine Talbi and Beatrix Bernhardt faced charges over the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre, which taught about 58 pupils in a west London office […]

Education

'Maybe I could be the first deaf PM'

A 12-year-old schoolboy who successfully got the government to consider a British Sign Language GCSE this parliament has his eyes set on the top job. Dan Jillings, from Suffolk, has been deaf since birth, and teaches staff and pupils at his school sign language during lunchtimes. “I’m just a normal Year 8 student. The only […]

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NI school system 'under major strain'

Image caption Budget pressures and increasing pupil numbers are putting schools “under considerable strain” Northern Ireland’s education system is under “considerable strain” and faces “severe financial challenges”, according to a senior civil servant. The Department of Education’s top official, Derek Baker, made the comments in the accounts for 2017-18, which have just been published. The […]

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Government bodies 'worst for aggressive debt collection'

Image copyright Getty Images Local councils and government bodies may not usually be associated with sending round “the heavies” to collect debts from hard-pressed families. But they are often worse than consumer creditors, can be very aggressive and quick to use bailiffs, MPs say. The Treasury Select Committee says debts and overpayments are often pursued […]

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Teen mums: 'We're not all reckless and careless'

Image copyright Jade-Marie Archer Young people in the UK are having less sex than they used to and the rate of teenage pregnancy has dropped sharply since 2007. This has led some to dub them “generation sensible”. A survey carried out by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service also stated that teenagers appear to be more […]

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Plan to teach all children first aid

Image copyright PA Schoolchildren in England will have to learn first aid under proposals put forward by the government. Draft legislation says primary school children will be taught basic first aid, such as dealing with head injuries and calling emergency services. Secondary school children will learn life-saving skills such as CPR and the purpose of […]