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Universities UK president says Government must support institutions if they are to ‘transform lives and help the economy grow’

The Government must provide universities with strong support if they are to play a full role in transforming lives and helping the economy to grow, the new president of Universities UK (UUK) has said in her first major speech.












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Pupils aged as young as 10 fear SATs exam failure could ruin their lives

Children as young as 10 worry that doing badly in their school SATs tests could set them up for failure in their lives, new research shows.










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Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become ‘unbearable’

The working lives of teachers have become “unbearable” because of constant monitoring and as a result they are quitting in such numbers that the profession is heading for a crisis, according to an open letter to The Independent signed by 1,200 teachers.










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The RSA Academy in Tipton: How it aims to transform lives in a severely deprived borough

Next month, Alex Beddall will travel from his home in Tipton in the West Midlands to St Peter’s College, Oxford, to read English.









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Autism school’s legacy lives on

The man who set up a free school in the 80s
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Pupils who can’t read properly by 11 destined for lives of underachievement

Thousands of pupils who fail to read properly by the age of 11 will be sentenced to a lifetime of underachievement, according to a report out today.









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Gang girls ‘leading desperate lives’

Girls in gangs live in “a parallel world” in which “rape is used as a weapon and carrying drugs and guns is seen as normal”, a think tank says.
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Mental health cuts ‘risk lives’

Cuts to mental health services in England will put lives at risk, as funds are reduced for schemes aimed at reducing suicides, the government is warned.
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Teachers to stage strike in March, citing Michael Gove’s ‘relentless attack on every aspect of teachers’ working lives’

Thousands of schools face shutdown next month as teachers stage a one-day national strike over new moves to introduce performance related pay, increase their workload and raise their pension contributions.


    








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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less

I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had. I studied algebra, trig, calculus and various other maths in school, but I can’t recall ever facing a problem – even in my scientific research – that required those skills. What maths I’ve used was highly specialised and, as with most scientists, I learnt it on the job.


    

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