Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Over 27,000 newly qualified teachers since 2011 have already left the profession. Recent analysis shows that UK teachers are working longer hours than those in other countries and the pay cap has meant a real terms pay cut over the … Continue reading Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Andrew Adonis, the Labour politician behind the introduction of tuition fees, asks how “we got from the idea of reasonable contribution to the cost of university tuition … to today’s Frankenstein monster of £50,000-plus debts” and says tuition fees of … Continue reading Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Teachers are using their own money to care for their students, it has been revealed. A survey found 51% of teachers have taken steps to provide care for poorer students, in some cases providing food, and in other cases money … Continue reading Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Head teacher Lindsey Cooke of Hanley Castle High School in Worcester had to ask parents to pay a voluntary £40 for text books after her budget was “slashed” by 12% since 2014. “We have made all the efficiency savings we … Continue reading Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Steve Coogan has accused the government of going through the backdoor to kill state education with “death by a thousand cuts”. He insists state education is “not a privilege – it’s a right.” He says he is not prepared to … Continue reading Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has accused the Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts, after a proposed £3m cut to school uniform grants in Northern Ireland. “Since the Tories came into power, we have … Continue reading Sinn Fein accuses Tories of attacking children and families from deprived communities with austerity cuts

Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

The abolition of maintenance grants in 2015 has disproportionately affected the poorest, according the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Richer students would run up much smaller debts, it was found. Jack Britton, one of the IFS report’s authors, said that changes … Continue reading Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

Former gang leader turned child counsellor says government doesn’t understand children’s problems

Jennifer Blake, a former gang leader who now counsels young people, has accused the government of not understanding the problems faced by children. She says resources have “never gone to the right place” and says the door is shut on … Continue reading Former gang leader turned child counsellor says government doesn’t understand children’s problems