Overseas aid ‘should focus on education’, say MPs | James

The UK’s overseas aid budget should target more of its funding towards education projects, says a cross-party committee of MPs. The international development committee says the proportion spent on education should be lifted from 8% to 10%. There are 250 million children around the world without access to school – and efforts to tackle this […]

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V&A museum plans to revive design skills | James

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is launching a schools project to fill the gap in creating a new generation of designers. The museum wants to revive interest in its specialist areas of art and design, in a project that will include museums in Blackburn and Coventry. The Victoria and Albert Museum will lend […]

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Malaysian warden investigated for murder of schoolboy | James

Malaysian police are investigating a religious school’s assistant warden for murder, after a schoolboy died in a case that has sparked outrage. The accused had allegedly beaten the boy, 11-year-old Mohamed Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, with a water hose. The boy later contracted serious infections and doctors amputated his legs. He died on Wednesday from […]

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New president elected by National Union of Students | James

The National Union of Students has elected as president a candidate who defines herself as “black single mother from a working-class family”. Some 56% of the 1,200 delegates at the NUS conference in Brighton backed Shakira Martin, 28, as leader. She ousted Malia Bouattia who was elected last year. Ms Bouattia ran into controversy when […]

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Hungary education law: EU to take legal action amid university row | James

The EU is taking legal action against Hungary over an education law that could close a prestigious university founded by billionaire George Soros. EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said the law was not compatible with academic freedoms. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is due to address the European parliament over Hungary’s rights record later. The law […]

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MPs question government’s ‘grip’ on new school places | James

MPs have questioned “how much of a grip” the Department for Education has on providing school places where they are needed in England. The system is “increasingly incoherent and too often poor value for money,” says the Public Accounts Committee. And the government is spending “well over the odds” on free schools while other schools […]

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Take time to find a job, students urged | James

Students should not worry about finding a job while studying for their degree, says the outgoing head of university admissions service Ucas. Mary Curnock Cook, who steps down at the end of April, suggests students may need down time after their finals. Ms Curnock Cook told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that many youngsters needed […]

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