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Ten best: Books for under-fives

by Independent, August 8, 2005

1. This Little Baby by Sandra Lousada <BR>

Lousada's photographic albums of baby faces have become a favourite with parents and a hit with the very youngest kind of "reader" - or rather, looker.

Getting blotto is the new motto

by Telegraph, August 8, 2005

British teenagers - girls in particular - now drink more, and more often, than ever before, says Barbara Lantin

Next week, when this year's A-level results come out, thousands of young men and women will celebrate their success, or drown their sorrows, in the way they love best - by getting totally, hopelessly, blindingly drunk. This ritual used to be something of a one-off but, for this generation, getting legless is a way of life.


These days, drinking is often the point of a night out
Last week, it was revealed that 13 youngsters a day are admitted to hospital suffering from alcohol-related diseases, a rise of 11 per cent in the past decade. People in their twenties and thirties are showing signs of liver damage once seen only in those over 40, and psychiatrists are reporting serious addiction among children as young as 14.

Sixth-formers seek advantage with degree-level courses

by Telegraph, August 7, 2005

A record number of sixth formers have opted to study degree-level courses at school in order to help them to win university places in the face of increasing competition

State seeks control of Muslim schools

by Telegraph, August 7, 2005

Up to 150 new Muslim state schools will be created by ministers in a radical shake-up designed to bring the Islamic education of British children under government control in the wake of last month's London bombings.

Good Grammar

by Sunday Times, August 7, 2005

It was heartening to read Michael Portillo’s criticism of the planned abolition of grammar schools in Northern Ireland

Legacy of student debt will create a generation living on the edge

by Sunday Herald, August 7, 2005

Small Change: Nic Cicutti fears that a culture of heavy borrowing, necessitated by university fees, may have some devastating effects upon the state and individuals

Am I just an unreconstructed old-timer, unable to adjust to the new, vibrant, dynamic world in which we live? Or were there things about the way those of my generation – the 1960s, 1970s and even the early 1980s – were brought up that were streets ahead of the way we look after teenagers today?

Public schools ask: where have all the boys gone?

by Sydney Herald Tribune, August 7, 2005

Australia: More parents are moving their boys into private schools earlier, leaving boys heavily outnumbered by girls in public and parish primary school classrooms.

The Parent Trap

by Telegraph, August 7, 2005

Last week, officials from the Department for Education and Skills admitted that the introduction of variable tuition fees, which will mean students paying up to £3,000 a year from this September, will increase student debt to an average of £15,000. That will mean the typical student will still be paying off loans at the age of 35 - a time by which, until relatively recently, -people could have expected to be well into paying off their mortgages.

Special Schools

by Telegraph, August 6, 2005

Near where we live in Purley, Surrey, there is a special school for children with "emotional and behavioural difficulties". According to local gossip, its fees are £100,000 a year.

Shelf Taught

by Telegraph, August 6, 2005

Instead of dragging your children round supermarkets, why not take them there to acquire useful skills?

Order 'key to keeping teachers'

by BBC, August 6, 2005

The high turnover of teachers from some struggling schools would not be stemmed by higher wages, a study suggests.
Poor pupil behaviour and overwork are the barriers stopping teachers working in challenging schools, reports the Institute for Public Policy Research.

What university is going to cost

by BBC, August 5, 2005

If you are a student or the parent of a student starting university next month, are you congratulating yourself on just escaping the new variable fees that come in from next year in England?

If so, you could be wrong.

Private schools switch to international GCSEs

by Guardian, August 4, 2005

About 100 independent schools in England and Wales are switching to international GCSEs in frustration at the government's failure to overhaul the exam for 16-year-olds.
Manchester Grammar school this week became the latest high profile institution to opt for the international version of maths GCSE, which has no coursework and where questions are more like traditional O-levels.

Grown-ups go back to school

by Independent, August 4, 2005

The Government wants more parental involvement, but in Haringey they've got more than they bargained for: one primary has enrolled adults in lessons - and everyone is benefiting.

School drops 'tedious' maths GSCE

by BBC, August 4, 2005

A Manchester boys' school has dropped maths GCSE from its curriculum in favour of another qualification which it regards as more challenging. Students at the independent Manchester Grammar School, in Fallowfield, will sit the international IGCSE, sat by pupils overseas, next year.

Your views on the education gap

by BBC, August 4, 2005

BBC News education correspondent Mike Baker wrote about how the government could produce greater social mobility through schooling

Government admits 15-year pay back on degrees

by Guardian, August 4, 2005

Graduates will take up to 15 years to pay off their student debts under the new system of top-up fees, government officials admitted yesterday. The average student debt will soar by nearly a third to £15,000 and will take graduates a "likely repayment period of 13 to 15 years" after leaving higher education, they said.

Q&A: Student fees

by BBC, August 3, 2005

The government's plans for the future of higher education in England involve, for full-time undergraduates, fees of up to £3,000 a year.

Education choices made early in life, study shows

by Guardian, August 3, 2005

Children know from the age of 11 whether they want to go to college or university, according to new research.
Ask an 11-year-old what they plan to do when they finish compulsory education at the age of 16 and the majority will predict correctly whether they stay or leave, the University of Reading found in a study which is likely to have strong implications for the way universities recruit pupils.

Chief inspector backs academies

by BBC, August 3, 2005

England's chief schools inspector has given firm backing to the government's controversial city academies.