Education

What is the Labour plan to charge VAT on fees?

[ad_1] Getty ImagesSir Keir Starmer has said some children with special education needs will be exempt from his plans to add tax to private school fees if Labour wins the general election.The party said it would use the money raised to recruit extra teachers for state schools and fund more childcare.What are private schools and how many are there?Private schools, sometimes called independent schools, charge fees for most of their
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Concern as councils expect £1bn special educational needs shortfall

[ad_1] 8 hours agoBy Branwen Jeffreys, Education editor, @branwenjeffreys • Hope Rhodes, BBC NewsBBCSarah Morgan is one of the parents caught up in seeking the right support for a childCouncils in England are forecasting a massive shortfall in budgets for supporting children with special educational needs.The BBC has found councils face a deficit of almost £1bn in schools’ funds for these pupils.Parent groups say they fear children could suffer in a push to cut deficits as
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Funding calls for vulnerable children ahead of general election

[ad_1] 3 hours agoBy Emma Elgee & Fiona Lamdin, BBC News, West of England BBCHelen Roy runs the after school club wanted not wastedA woman who runs an after school club says there needs to be a "different approach" to services for young people.Helen Roy, a child counsellor who runs after school club, Wanted Not Wasted (WOW), in the Bournville area of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, said they regularly have to turn children
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Manchester’s Grange School shortlisted for award

[ad_1] The head teacher of an "inspirational" specialist school in Manchester has said she is delighted it has been shortlisted for the World’s Best School Prizes for innovation.Grange School has been named in the final 10 shortlist for the T4 Education award which brings with it $10,000 (£7,783) winnings. It is the first time a Greater Manchester school has been nominated and head teacher Rachael Clifford said the pupils and
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East and north London childcare provision makes us angry

[ad_1] 2 days agoBy Nicky Ford, Adriana Elgueta, BBC NewsBBCOne parent at Westfield nursery, Jemma Gander says they were told Westfield nursery had to close due to a funding deficitNewham, Barking and Dagenham and Brent have the lowest rate of childcare places in London, new statistics from the Office of National Statistics show.Areas with lower levels of access to childcare are generally more likely to have lower household incomes, and a higher proportion
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Belfast special school pupils win business award

[ad_1] 4 hours agoBy Robbie Meredith, BBC NI Education and Arts CorrespondentBBCSpectrum was set up by pupils from Park School Move over Lord Sugar and the apprentices, 18-year-old Joshua and his class at Park Special School in Belfast are after your business.Joshua and other pupils have an award-winning company of their own.The company, called Spectrum, was set up by Park School pupils to manufacture and sell suncatchers.But while the pupils have learned
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Downham Market head blames Tories and Labour for school closure

[ad_1] 5 hours agoBy Clare Worden, BBC News, NorfolkBBCElizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe founded Downham Prep 40 years agoThe head teacher and founder of an independent school has blamed Conservative and Labour policies for its forthcoming closure after 40 years.Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe said the number of pupils at Downham Preparatory School in Downham Market, Norfolk, had never recovered to pre-pandemic levels, falling from about 120 to just 40.She said many parents could no longer afford the
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What happened when 10 teens gave up their smartphones?

[ad_1] 7 hours agoBy Kristian Johnson, BBC NewsBBC News/Kristian JohnsonWill is worried about spending five days without internet, with just a "brick-phone"As part of a five-day digital detox, 10 Salford teenagers swapped their devices for basic phones that can only make calls and send texts. How did they get on?Will regularly spends more than eight hours a day staring at his smartphone. When he was younger, he used to love riding his
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Sussex’s young voters on feeling “snubbed” by politicians

[ad_1] 5 hours agoBy Lucinda Adam, Political reporter, BBC Sussex BBCShahama Anver is a student voting campaigner at BHASVICFor thousands of young people, 4 July will be their first time voting in a general election.Among their key issues are climate change and university fees - but will they even cast a vote? Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) has been educating students on the importance of using their vote. Student
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Teesside University offers flights to Nigerian students in fees row

[ad_1] 6 hours agoBy Joanna Morris, BBC NewsBBCA protest was held in May after Teesside University reported Nigerian students to the Home OfficeA university says it will help to fund flights home to Nigeria for crisis-hit students who it reported to the Home Office.Students at Teesside University were thrown off courses and ordered to leave the UK after a currency crisis left them struggling to pay tuition fees.Following protests and the intervention