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Trust told academies need to improve
Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.

Adoption films for would-be parents
Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.

New student loan model discussed
Ministers and officials have been researching an idea that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, BBC Newsnight learns.

Playgrounds squeezed in places crush
Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.

Universities 'must elect more women'
Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.

Exam reform delayed by schools
Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.

Degrees least likely for white teens
University application levels have increased among all groups, but ethnic minority pupils are the most likely to seek places.

Plagiarism charge rocks US Senate race
The New York Times reports that US Senator John Walsh duplicated numerous passages in his 2007 Army War College master's thesis. The news could hamper Democratic hopes of keeping control of the Senate.

Fewer young smokers and drinkers
Smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils have more than halved over the past 10 years, figures show.

Priority school places plan for poor
Schools in England could be allowed to offer priority places to the poorest children in their area under proposals put forward by the government.

'Trojan Horse' probe 'needs review'
The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

'Fewer degree offers' for minorities
Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.

Selfie 'sexters' in child sex warning
Young couples who send explicit pictures of each other are threatened with prosecution under child sex laws.

What makes a conference really irritating?
Conferences are part and parcel of academic life - and there are plenty of ways in which they can be extremely irritating.

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools
Talking to the chieftain about sexism


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