Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Image copyright Newcastle University Image caption Newcastle University has issued a warning about the fake site Newcastle University is warning prospective students not to give out personal details on a fraudulent website taking payments for courses. The fake site uses pictures of Newcastle University buildings and takes payments for a non-existent “Newcastle International University”. It is “in no way associated with the university”, warns the university’s official Twitter feed. Students

Call me Passchendaele

Image caption Ella Passchendaele is one of a handful of descendants with the battle still part of their name Passchendaele, Somme, Arras, Cambrai, Verdun, Dardanelles, Ypres and Jutland. Not only the names of World War One battles, but these were also the names given to babies, usually in commemoration of a father or relation who fought and died there. It might sound strange to modern ears, but more than 1,600

School’s out!

Image copyright Getty Images The summer holidays are under way, but for some children, the studying – and the homework – will continue. It was a moment of pure joy: school was out for summer. Your school bag was shoved in the back of a cupboard. School shoes went the same way. Ahead lay countless days of freedom, play and sunshine. That used to be the case for most children

School exclusions: Record numbers for drugs and alcohol

Image copyright AFP/Getty A record number of school exclusions were issued to pupils last year for drug and alcohol related issues, new statistics reveal. Figures show 9,250 permanent and fixed period exclusions for drugs and alcohol were handed out by schools in 2015-16. A further 2,140 exclusions were issued to pupils for sexual misconduct. The government says every child should “have access to a good school place where they can

How I got a first at university

The number of first-class degrees being awarded by UK universities is on the increase, with firsts now more common than a 2:2. More than a quarter of students received a first in 2015 and 2016 at the UK’s top universities, known as the Russell Group. Critics reckon unis are handing out higher grades to boost applications. Others say rising grades reflect the improved A-level results of those entering university. This

Post-16 maths to get government cash boost

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Too few students continue with maths after 16, the review says Maths education for 16- to 19-year-olds in England will gain a £16m boost over two years, ministers have announced. It comes as a government commissioned maths review found too many teenagers dropped maths after GCSE, harming their job prospects and the wider economy. The cash, from existing budgets, will help more students take a

Students to have value-for-money contracts with universities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students will be given contracts to protect their consumer rights and “value for money” from university Students will have formal contracts with universities, so they can challenge them over too few teaching hours or if facilities are inadequate, says Universities Minister Jo Johnson. Mr Johnson highlighted growing concerns among students about not getting good value for money. He also warned universities to stop “excessive”

Half of pupils expelled from school ‘mentally ill’

Image copyright Getty Images Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population who have a mental health condition. The government said it would be publishing plans to

Chelmsford school will cut teaching hours from autumn

Image caption Joe Wincott said the school’s budget has been cut by £450,000 since 2011 A secondary school will cut an hour of teaching a week from the autumn in a bid to save £100,000. Joe Wincott of The Sandon School in Chelmsford, Essex said an extra £1.3bn promised by the government was too late to help it in the next academic year. The head teacher said cutting lessons from

Johnson attacks ‘excessive’ pay for university heads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jo Johnson says vice-chancellors will have to explain their high levels of pay Universities Minister Jo Johnson is going to challenge universities over “excessive” pay for vice-chancellors. Addressing the issue of students getting value for money, he will challenge an “upward spiral” in university leaders’ pay. Universities will be asked to publicly justify how they can pay their heads more than the prime minister.