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Education News - Thursday 30th June

1st July, 2016

By Scott W

European Referendum: Pupils 'fear being forced out'
BBC - European referendum': http://bbc.in/299ofGK
Young pupils from European backgrounds fear they may be forced to leave Britain, heads are warning in an open letter to the Prime Minister.

This story is also covered in the Guardian in a comment piece - http://bit.ly/29bBKr8The article reminds us that, 'Children thrive when they feel secure, and some are now feeling anything but. Those who come from different countries, and not just EU ones, are fearful that they are going to be plucked out of their lessons and their homes and unceremoniously deported.' It's an important message in uncertain times.

Former Education Secretary, Michael Gove, enters race to become Conservative Leader

Following on with the Brexit stream, the BBC cover the story here - http://bbc.in/293Ajaf - whilst the Guadian - http://bit.ly/29iRyYj - takes a more satirical approach, stating, 'Few education secretaries united the profession as Gove did, leaving a legacy of distrust and anger in many corners.'

Nicky Morgan, the current Education Secretary, has ruled herself and back Gove, writes TES

Brexit 'paralysis' to hit school funding and teacher pay

TES claims that Brexit is to negatively impact on school funding - http://bit.ly/295vDkz - which is an issue also faced by many higher education providers in regards to research funding.

Students claim they are 'too depressed' by Brexit to do exams

The Independent highlights young people's desire to remain in the EU, with a slightly tongue-in-cheek piece here: http://ind.pn/29dlUOg

Ofqual to begin major new research into exam marking errors

TES writes that Exams watchdog Ofqual has announced plans for a major new investigation into GCSE and A-level marking errors - http://bit.ly/298ra6l

Number of teachers with specialist knowledge drops, figures show

The Telegraph - http://bit.ly/29eosKG - report that the number of teachers with no relevant post a-level on specialist subjects like maths, physics and chemistry, is on the rise, new figures showed.

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) showed almost one in four physics teachers hold no relevant post A-level qualification in the subject they teach.

TES also covers this report - http://bit.ly/298qtu0 - also highlighting that more teachers are entering the profession than leaving.

Thousands of graduates working as lollipop ladies, factory workers and hospital porters

The Telegraph http://bit.ly/29eo8vy - claims that over 50,000 new graduates are in non-graduate jobs, including lollypop ladies, factory workers and hospital porters, new figures showed, as experts questioned the value of a university degree.

University of Law to offer out-of-work graduates half their tuition fees back in cash
The Independent - http://ind.pn/298p3j6 - covers a university which has promised to offer graduates half their tuition fees back in cash if they don’t land a job nine months after completing their studies. Is this a new way forward for universities which are facing ever greater competition to attract students?

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