Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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A 'postcode lottery' for university entry

More than one in seven state schools and colleges is failing to send any pupils to the UK's leading Russell Group universities, figures released this week show. Almost two-thirds do not send any students to Oxford or Cambridge. The data on the numbers of pupils winning university places, which have been published for the first time, highlight significant regional variations in progression rates. They also show that regions with grammar schools are more likely to send sixth-formers to elite universities. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said the figures showed there was a "postcode lottery in the UK when it comes to education".

No extra cash for worst-funded regions

The poorest funded schools in the country have been dealt a blow after education secretary Michael Gove refused to provide them with extra cash. The f40 group, which campaigns for more equitable funding for schools, had applied for Pounds 99 million of additional money to offset the shortfall experienced by schools in the worst-funded regions of the country. The news comes after the Department for Education decided to postpone until the next Parliament plans to introduce a national funding formula that would provide fairer funding.

Villa and Michelin get a grip on studio schools

Aston Villa Football Club, Hilton Hotels and Michelin were among the names of employers backing 15 new studio schools approved by Michael Gove this week. …

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