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Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs
The government is failing to tackle "significant teacher shortages"' in England, MPs say.

Watchdog to pursue essay-cheat websites
The universities minister is calling for tough action against the misuse of essay-writing services.

Academic selection: Policy group criticises 'negative impact'
A policy group set up and run by the Department of Education (DE) criticises the impact of academic selection.

'Firmer grip' needed on education improvement grants
Ministers need to get a "firmer grip" on grant support for some of Wales' lowest achieving pupils, an assembly committee says.

Schools fear business rate rise will be 'breaking point'
A sharp rise in schools' business rates could push budgets beyond breaking point, say head teachers' leaders.

University applications 'depends heavily on where you live'
Teenagers from London were most likely to apply while those in the South West were least likely.

German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears
Researchers say hackers can use an insecure bluetooth device to listen and talk to a child.

Deputy head Jonathan Norbury banned for sex with teens
A deputy head teacher is banned from schools for at least 10 years for having sex with teenage girls.

Lack of sex education a ticking time bomb, councils warn
A lack of sex education in some of England's schools leave pupils at risk of infection, councils say.

Early deaths among care leavers revealed
Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood, figures reveal.

Swipe right for new 'mum friends'
New parents' app adopts the format of dating platforms such as Tinder.

A third of UK lives on inadequate income, says think tank
Millions of families "just about managing" are on the tipping point of falling into poverty, says a report.

Graduate nursery staff have 'little effect' on children
Research challenges "many assumptions" of current policy campaigners say.

Scottish schools 'lacking' mental health provision
A lack of mental health provision for children is leaving them at serious risk, according to key charities.

Grammars 'unnecessary distraction', say MPs
A committee of MPs say there is no evidence that grammars will help social mobility.


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