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End adoption delays, councils told
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.

Cash squeeze at children's centres
Support for vulnerable children in England is at risk as funding ebbs away, analysis by Barnardo's suggests.

Alternative to adoption on the rise
The number of babies subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC - while adoption rates have been falling.

Free school expansion plans launched
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan begins the process of creating more free schools, which she describes as "engines of social justice".

New maths GCSEs 'too hard' - Ofqual
Last minute changes to new maths GCSEs are ordered after tests reveal they are not pitched at the right level.

Arrests after university occupation
Two men are arrested by police in connection with a disturbance in Chambers Street in Edinburgh.

Oxford students vote on exam attire
Students at Oxford University vote on whether or not they should continue being forced to wear special clothes to sit their exams.

'Learning town' school rolls capped
Plans to cap pupil numbers at schools in Dumfries are revealed, as part of proposals to transform education in the town.

Young jobless total at 10-year low
There are fewer young people not in education, employment or training in the UK than at any time since 2005, the Office of National Statistics says.

Students may face tougher loan terms
A report says students could face tougher conditions on their loans because of uncertainty surrounding long-term repayments.

Lecturers 'struggling to pay bills'
Too many lecturers are struggling to make ends meet on casual contracts, says the academics' union UCU.

Secure youth unit staff 'on drugs'
A detention centre is given the lowest possible rating by inspectors who found degrading treatment of young people and staff under the influence of drugs.

Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London
Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees
Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram
A university in Nigeria is trying to help a rising tide of people displaced by Boko Haram violence.


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