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Daily News Summary
16 September 2022

Education community share memories of Queen Elizabeth II
Oxford University ranked number one in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
Grammar schools: Ministers advised to follow 'evidence not ideology'
Warning over live school attendance tracker
Four day week introduced by college to address rising energy prices
Funding 'halted' for free music lessons in Scotland

Education community share memories of the Queen


Schools Week includes a feature in which members of the education sector reflect on their own memories of Queen Elizabeth II. By Samantha Booth and Freddie Whittaker.


Oxford University ranked number one in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide


Published today, The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 ranks 132 universities, with Oxford University coming top for the first time in 12 years. By Sian Griffiths.

The Good University Guide features a number of accompanying articles, including a piece on the cost of going to university. Another looks at the options available to students looking to study medicine. Both articles are also by Sian Griffiths.

Contributor Zoe Thomas, writes about why Bath has been voted University of the Year 2023 and an accompanying information item explains how the Guide was compiled. Sue Leonard contributes advice to students on how best to write a personal statement.


Grammar schools: Ministers advised to follow 'evidence not ideology'


Schools Week reports that Professor Becky Francis, the chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), has encouraged new ministers to "focus on evidence not ideology" regarding possible proposals for grammar schools. By Samantha Booth.


Live school attendance tracker warning


The information watchdog has reportedly raised alarm regarding the live school attendance tracker. According to Schools Week, the Information Commissioner's Office says the Department for Education failed to adequately assess the data protection risks of their new live attendance tracker which is presently used by 14,000 schools. By Freddie Whittaker.


'Work from home Fridays' introduced by college addressing energy price rise


In an attempt to address rising energy costs, students at South Essex College have been told to ‘work from home on Fridays’ as a four-day week is introduced. The Telegraph reports that the college has said students would still receive the same number of hours of face-to-face learning. By Louisa Clarence-Smith.


Funding 'halted' for free music lessons in Scotland


Creative Scotland have said funding for a manifesto pledge of free music lessons has been halted. SNP ministers say they are "pausing" funding while they review budgets. By Kieran Andrews, The Times.



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