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Plan to cap numbers at UK universities to go ahead | Education

The UK government is going ahead with controversial plans to limit the number of students from England who can enrol at universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rejecting opposition from the devolved administrations. Education ministers from Scotland and Wales angrily denounced the move, which they said was designed to stop damaging competition for students among English universities but could instead destabilise their own institutions. Michelle Donelan, the higher education minister for England, held meetings throughout the day with her…

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Scottish and Welsh universities criticise UK cap on student numbers | Education

University leaders have reacted angrily to the UK government’s plan to control the number of students from England who can study in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, saying that it was punishing them for problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak in England. The Department for Education in England is expected to confirm a cap on the number of undergraduates each university can recruit this autumn – limiting institutions to an increase of no more than 6.5% in the number of…

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England to limit students going to Wales, Scotland and N Ireland | Education

The government in Westminster will limit the number of students from England who can go to university in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland next year, leading to accusations that it is “trampling on devolution”. As part of its plans to cap the number of undergraduates that universities in England can teach in 2020-21, the Department for Education (DfE) is also to announce on Monday that it will extend the cap to include English students applying to higher education outside England.…

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Outdoor learning grows in Scotland as grasp of benefits takes root | Education

On a bright spring morning, the air is crisp as an apple and the children of Lauriston Castle forest kindergarten are inventing muddy meals at their imaginary cafe. This woodland, north-west of Edinburgh city centre, has become an outdoor classroom for the day, with waterproofs and lunch boxes clustered around the lower branches of the trees. A black labrador liberates himself from his owner and charges through the sunny glade, to the youngsters’ delight. But unexpected connections are all part…

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Teachers in England condemn speculation over school reopenings | Education

School leaders have called for an end to “irresponsible speculation” over dates for schools in England to reopen, as ministers were forced to reject suggestions that many pupils would be back in classrooms next month. The Sunday Times claimed that “senior ministers” had backed a plan for schools to partially reopen on three possible dates: immediately after the current lockdown is scheduled to end on 11 May; after the half-term holiday on 1 June; or at the start of the…

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UK universities fear huge budget holes as Chinese students stay home | Education

British universities fear that the loss of tens of thousands of Chinese students next year will mean gaping holes in their budgets, after a survey found that only a quarter of those intending to study in the UK were still going ahead. Nearly 120,000 students from China currently study at British universities, with their tuition fees a key source of income. But the survey by the British Council found that only one in four students said they were still going…

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Scotland and Wales to close schools by Friday due to coronavirus | Education

Schools in Wales and Scotland will close by the end of this week, as Boris Johnson hinted that a similar decision on closing schools in England was “imminent”. The Welsh education minister, Kirsty Williams, said schools were to close by Friday at the latest, and would then be repurposed to provide childcare and supervision for children affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including the children of key workers. “From next week, schools will have a new purpose. They will help support…

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Duolingo sparks Gaelic boom as young Scots shrug off ‘cringe’ factor | Education

Almost double the number of people in Scotland who already speak Scottish Gaelic have signed up to learn the language on the popular free platform Duolingo in over a month, concluding a proliferation in courses, prizes and performance in Gaelic and Scots during 2019, as younger people in particular shrug off the “cultural cringe” associated with speaking indigenous languages. The Duolingo course, which was launched just before St Andrew’s Day on 30 November and looks likely to be the company’s…

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British schoolchildren among least satisfied, says OECD report | Education

Schoolchildren in Britain are more likely to be miserable and less likely to think that their lives have meaning compared with children in other countries, according to an influential OECD survey that shows a slight improvement in the UK’s international education performance. The OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa), which quizzes 15-year-olds on reading, maths, science and a range of attitudes, found that those in the UK had the biggest declines in life satisfaction since its last survey in…

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Battle over Glasgow’s last single-sex school intensifies before key vote | Education

Parents fighting to keep Scotland’s last remaining single-sex state school girls-only have hit out at Glasgow city councillors for declaring their support for mixed education before a crucial vote to determine the fate of the school. In a row that has gripped the community and prompted wider debate about the contemporary value of single-sex education, the council will vote on 28 November on whether Notre Dame high school should become coeducational for the first time in more than a century.…

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Welsh, Hawaiian and Navajo … now Gaelic is in line for a rescue | Education

Sorley MacLean’s poem Hallaig, a lament to the cleared homesteads of the Isle of Raasay, is his most famous work, lauded by Seamus Heaney, the Irish Nobel laureate whose translation was published in 2002, and the inspiration for countless other poets and songsmiths. Yet few have ever read the poem as MacLean wrote it, or any of the other masterworks from the lyrical canon of Scottish Gaelic literature. Barely 60,000 people speak Gaelic, one of Britain’s fragile minority languages which…

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US academic given two weeks to leave UK after eight years | Education

After eight years researching music history at Glasgow University, Elizabeth Ford hoped her request for a visa extension would sail through this summer. Instead, the Home Office gave the American academic two weeks to pack up her life and leave the country. Ford has held a research fellowship at Edinburgh University – which, like Glasgow is in the elite Russell Group – and is due to begin a new research fellowship at Oxford University. But this is in jeopardy after…

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Norman Stone was brilliant, funny, a doll | Brief letters | Education

Re Richard Evans’ obituary of Norman Stone (26 June): what Evans says has truth in it, but it’s far from the whole truth. Stone was a brilliant teacher, hilarious company, a fascinating lecturer, and a charming admirer. And, which is surely the point about #MeToo, he didn’t get shirty or use it against you if you said no – which is why some of us didn’t. His becoming so rightwing and drunk in later life was a pity, but earlier…

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Glasgow School of Art hits back at MSPs’ criticism over fires | Education

The chair of the Glasgow School of Art has accused MSPs of a “jaw-dropping” failure to interrogate the building contractor that was responsible for the Mackintosh building when it was gutted by a second fire in June 2018. The GSA released a detailed rebuttal on Friday to a critical report published by the Scottish parliament’s culture committee in March, which called for a judicial inquiry into the two fires and accused the school of failing to protect the 110-year-old listed…

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