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Students fined over sexist chants
A number of students are fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.

Norfolk schools inquiry faces review
The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.

Head teachers' union NAHT joins TUC
The National Association of Head Teachers which represents 28,500 school leaders, has joined the Trades Union Congress.

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban
Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

Employers condemn student visa rules
Universities and business leaders call for changes in student visa rules, but the immigration minister says their criticisms are based on "myths".

Fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs
New data shows fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams system.

'Anti-extremism' school code shelved
The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.

Graduates 'pay fees to universities'
Graduates should pay their university a proportion of their future earnings rather than taking out loans, a report by a free-market think tank suggests.

Police 'let down' abuse-risk children
A whistleblower tells the BBC hundreds of people at risk of sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police.

Ofsted 'can inspect academy chains'
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has publicly contradicted the head of Ofsted over whether the watchdog has the right to inspect academy chains.

Virtual lessons help fire-hit school
Pupils at a secondary school closed by a fire, are using online lessons in what is being claimed as the UK's biggest virtual school experiment.

Clegg targets teachers' workload
Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vows to cut down on "pointless paperwork".

Nursery learning boost 'short-lived'
Research suggests the educational benefits of free nursery places in England are not lasting.

Ofsted 'escaped blame' over Baby P
A cover-up led to Ofsted escaping blame for its part in the Baby P scandal, according to a BBC documentary.

Schools 'should check kids' teeth'
Schools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, says the advisory body, NICE.


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