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Daily News Summary
31 January 2019

image Ucas data shows widening of disadvantage gap at top universities
image 'Ability groups for primary pupils are not fit for purpose'
image Ofsted director tells MPs of ongoing gender segregation issues in schools
image Home visits and texting parents can improve pupil outcomes, research suggests
image House of Lords gives backing to expansion of two-year degree courses
image New study reveals rise in number of young people making music
image Government warned over future of council-run nursery schools
image New figures reveal level of special needs overspend by councils

Ucas data shows widening of disadvantage gap at top universities

 

According to data from Ucas, last year saw the gap between the numbers of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students entering top universities grow. By Will Hazell, Tes.

Tes also reports on the number of large universities that made “strings attached” unconditional offers.

According to The Telegraph, the Ucas figures showed that eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university. By Camilla Turner.

BBC News features an announcement by the University of Nottingham confirming it will stop unconditional offers to all prospective students who do not already hold their qualifications.

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Tes

'Ability groups for primary pupils are not fit for purpose'

 

Rod Grant, a headteacher in Edinburgh, outlines why he believes primary school ability groups are no longer fit for purpose. Tes.

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Tes

Ofsted director tells MPs of ongoing gender segregation issues in schools

 

Ofsted's director of corporate strategy has told the women and equalities select committee that some schools are still segregating on the basis of sex following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Ofsted v Al-Hijrah case. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Home visits and texting parents can improve pupil outcomes, research suggests

 

New research has indicated that carrying out home visits and texting parents information about their children’s academic performance can have a positive impact on pupil achievement. By Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren, Tes.

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Tes

House of Lords gives backing to expansion of two-year degree courses

 

The House of Lords has approved the expansion of a two-year degree course plan at universities in England, which will see the introduction of shorter, more intensive, higher cost courses from this September. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News.

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BBC

New study reveals rise in number of young people making music

 

A poll carried out by music charity Youth Music and Ipsos Mori has revealed that 67% of young people aged seven to 17 have taken part in “some form of music-making activity”. By Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Government warned over future of council-run nursery schools

 

Former shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell MP, has predicted that hundreds of council-run nursery schools could close next year due to a lack of funding. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

New figures reveal level of special needs overspend by councils

 

BBC News reports that eight out of 10 councils have overspent on their high needs budget. By Branwen Jeffreys.

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BBC

 

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