Education

‘Buddy Benches’ making playtime less lonely

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow ‘Buddy Benches’ are making playtime less lonely The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven’t got anyone to play with. But a special type of bench is helping pupils make friends and get people talking about bigger issues too. One […]

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Sixteen grammars win funds to expand

Image copyright Getty Images Sixteen grammar schools in England have been given permission to create hundreds of new places. The schools are receiving a share of the Department for Education’s £50m selective school expansion fund to accommodate up to 4,000 extra pupils. The schools were selected from 39 applications and make up 10% of England’s […]

Education

Unconditional offers used to ‘get people through door’

Image copyright Getty Images Some universities are recruiting students with unconditional offers during the application process, says the university admissions service Ucas. They are telling students that A-level grade requirements will be dropped completely if they put the university down as their first choice. It comes as new Ucas figures show one-third of applicants aged […]

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‘I was married and divorced in my 20s’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason for divorce in 2017 There were 102,007 divorces in England and Wales in 2017, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Age at marriage is considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce, with those […]

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Overseas students turn away from US

Image copyright Getty Images The number of new international students enrolling at United States universities and colleges went down by almost 7% last year, according to official data published this month. It’s the second year in a row that the number of new international enrolments in the US has declined, denting a market worth $42bn […]