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News at a Glance

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

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Caltech tops THE's World University Rankings

The California Institute of Technology has been rated the world's best university, followed by Oxford and Cambridge in the top five. The latest World University Rankings, published by TES' sister publication Times Higher Education, show that Imperial College London also made the top 10 and 34 UK universities are in the top 100. The US dominated the top 10, with six institutions, but the country's presence in the rankings has waned: this year, 63 universities in the US were in the top 200, down from 74 last year. For the first time in a decade, a non-Anglo-American university - ETH Zurich - entered the top 10. View the rankings at www.thewur.com

Corbyn: schools must be accountable to LAs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has stated his intention to make all schools, including academies and free schools, accountable to local authorities. Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Mr Corbyn said that every school should be "accountable to local government". But Labour's shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell, also said this week that the party would not return all schools to council control. "By 2020, nearly every secondary school - and most primary schools - will be a free school or an academy," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "We should have local oversight of those schools. It's not the same as how we used to have local government control. We will work through the exact detail of that."

Disadvantaged pupils do better in London schools

The performance of London's primaries has been key to successfully boosting attainment among the city's disadvantaged pupils, a study shows. Almost half (48 per cent) of children on free school meals in the capital obtained five or more A*-C GCSEs in 2013, compared with less than a quarter (22 per cent) in 2002. Gains were smaller among students outside London, with only 26 per cent achieving equivalent results in 2013, compared with 17 per cent in 2002. …

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