Court of appeal finds Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers violate freedom of speechThe government’s Prevent duty guidance to universities is unlawful and must be rewritten, judges have ruled after a successful judicial review argued that it violated freedom of speech.The court of appeal found that Prevent guidelines on...
More and more children are being excluded, as the system gives up on young people – with dire consequencesIf a playground had a faulty swing that was regularly injuring children, what would be the right response? Line up a row of ambulances to wait on standby or get somebody to fix the...
To slip the confines of reality for 15 or 20 minutes is a superpower too few of our schools are nurturingFor many young people today, books are only for school and exams – the notion of reading for simple pleasure is greatly diminishing.This week, a survey of 27,000...
Up to 100 places to be available under scheme as part of efforts to improve diversityThe University of Cambridge is seeking to increase student diversity by offering disadvantaged candidates who narrowly miss out on a place a second chance to apply after they get their A-level results.From this summer, students from...
Growing up gay and Muslim, I know I would have benefited. Parkfield school should continue its ‘No Outsiders’ programmeParkfield community school in Birmingham has found itself in the headlines once again after protests against its No Outsiders lessons. The protests by the school’s largely Muslim parent body garnered a lot of coverage and raised a...
Taking away the ‘fear factor’ could help raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths careers – especially among female pupilsHow to encourage more young people, particularly female students, to study science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects and go on to apprenticeships is an ever-growing problem.UK businesses...
Studying for free appeals to many who hope to progress their careers and, as universities raise the cost of tuition, getting paid to train sounds better than everApprentices don’t pay a penny for their training and get paid while they learn, which means that, unlike university students, they have no debts to repay...
Promising the benefits of a degree with none of the debt, apprenticeships on the government’s payroll-funded scheme are more competitive than ever, yet the number of starts has dropped by a quarter this yearApprenticeships are an absolute boon for employers. They are a way to plug skills gaps, attract and retain talent,...
Despite high-quality apprenticeships offering a route to degree-level qualifications, many students are being let down by schools that fail to engage with employers and training providersArguably the most positive aspect of six years of reforms to the apprenticeship programme has been the introduction of the new sector standards that have opened up a new raft of...
It’s really important that our workforce reflects the kind of people that we’re advertising to, says Sue Frogley, UK chief executive of Publicis MediaIam always very transparent about the reason we started thinking about an apprenticeship scheme: we were prompted by the government levy. The levy is an additional tax put on employers...

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