Daily news briefing from the UKEdNewsdesk, initially published on the UKEdChat App.
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Funding shake-up risks cuts in most schools, say unions
Government plans designed to address “unfair” and “inconsistent” funding in England’s education system risk cuts in most schools, say teachers’ unions.
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38615599
Education secretary’s constituency to lose out in funding changes
Schools in education secretary Justine Greening’s constituency will be among thousands across England suffering steep budget cuts despite the government’s new “fair funding” formula, according to analysis released by six unions.
Council chief execs question need for “disruptive” school reforms
Scotland’s top council officials have told the government that planned reforms to school governance will add bureaucracy and cause disruption with little evidence that it will improve pupils’ education.
Southwark free school in London to close after attracting only 60 pupils
A free school supported by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson against local opposition will abruptly close next month after attracting only 60 pupils since it opened in 2012, and struggling to recruit staff and find a permanent site.
Oxford University accused of failing to deal with admissions racism
A former higher education minister has accused the University of Oxford of failing to adequately tackle racism caused by an “unconscious bias” against black and disadvantaged applicants.
More than 20,000 university students buying essays and dissertations as Lords call for ban on ‘contract cheating’
The fraudulent essay industry must be outlawed, leading academics and lords have urged as figures obtained by The Telegraph reveal that more than 20,000 students are buying professionally-written essays every year.
Mice infestation closes school’s kitchen for more than a week
A school’s kitchen has been closed for more than a week due to a mice infestation. The Cardiff school has seen its kitchen closed since pupils returned to school after the Christmas break.
Moderate screen use ‘boosts teen wellbeing’
A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a connected world. The researchers collected self-reported data from 120,000 English 15-year-olds about their digital device habits.
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38611006
Numerical GCSE grades create confusion
There is widespread confusion about England’s new GCSE grading system, says the exams regulator Ofqual. Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one.
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38610802