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‘Anything but inclusive’: No school places for three disabled sisters

Couple find that in practice they have less support than when they were foster parents Special educational needs breaking our budgets, warn councils Jan Ansell has three disabled daughters whom she adopted with her husband Kevin because, as foster care…

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Special needs education breaking our budgets, warn councils

Sharp rise in pupils requiring special support leads to £100m overspend in England Anything but inclusive – no place for three sistersCounty councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets…

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University green rankings at risk despite climate emergency

This year’s People and Planet league table could be the last unless the Office for Students has a change of heartWhile young people call for urgent action on the climate emergency, universities are lagging behind, with two-thirds likely to fail their 2…

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Higher education: where working-class people can reach the top

Only 16% of university heads were privately educated, in contrast to judges and elite civil servants. Why the difference?Steve Smith’s parents were devastated to be told at school parents’ evening that the best their working‑class son could hope for wa…

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The misguided obsession with Stem subjects is to blame for the decline in English A-levels | Laura McInerney

If the government keeps steering students towards science and technology, where will all the English teachers come from?In possibly the first known incidence of teenagers listening to politicians, it appears that 16-year-olds are rapidly abandoning the…

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Head of Ofsted calls for greater scrutiny of multi-academy trusts

Amanda Spielman says evaluation system gives only partial view of performanceThe chief inspector of schools has called for increased powers to scrutinise multi-academy trusts (Mats), warning that parents and policymakers currently have only a partial v…

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The Conservatives look like the party of privilege. We must invest in social mobility | Justine Greening

Emergency funding could tackle unequal access to education and opportunity, ending the bias against poorer young peopleThe Conservative party can only succeed if it’s in the centre ground of British politics and offers an antidote to Jeremy Corbyn’s ha…

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I worried my dyslexia would hold me back, until I started a degree apprenticeship | Vida Nicholls

A new report warns that few students even know what a degree apprenticeship is, but it was a lifeline for meWhen I first heard about apprenticeships, I thought they were only offered at college level, or in more practical jobs. But then my younger brot…

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The Guardian view on private schools: the rich secede from the rest | Editorial

Boris Johnson might be the UK’s 20th prime minister from one school, Eton. Time to ask why the elite are blossoming in an anti-elite eraThe United Kingdom is a few months away from crashing out of the European Union, the main opposition party is engage…

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The Guardian view on the creative self: it needs more than 15 minutes | Editorial

Britons need time and space to release their imagination. It would be good for them and for their country“My goodness, we need empathetic intelligent creative people today.” So said the new children’s laureate, Cressida Cowell, in an interview with the…