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If you're heading for university, which account can you bank on?

10 hours 28 min ago

There are a lot of tempting offers. We look at the best deals from freebies to overdrafts

Heading to university in September? HSBC has been named as the best bank for students by MoneySavingExpert, with Nationwide and Santander following closely behind.

HSBC gets the thumbs up for the free £100 it gives students opening a new account by the end of this year, plus the £1,000 interest-free overdraft for the first year, with the option to potentially increase this to £2,000 in the second year, and £3,000 in the third. However, it does not guarantee it will give this level in the second and third years.

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Glasgow University to pay £20m in slave trade reparations

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 15:41

Institution believed to first British university to set up restorative justice scheme

Glasgow University has completed a “bold, historic” move to atone for its historical links to the transatlantic slave trade by paying £20m in reparations.

It signed an agreement with the University of the West Indies to fund a joint centre for development research, at a ceremony in Glasgow on Friday morning.

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'I had given up hope, but studying counselling kept me alive'

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 11:30

I felt less than human until I was given a second chance. University has made me stronger, hungrier and more confident

Before I became a student, I felt less than a human being and had almost given up hope. But being given a scholarship was like the appearance of a candle, burning bright to lead me out of the darkness: studying counselling at university has kept me alive.

I was born in Ghana and came to the UK when I was 12 with my father and four younger siblings, and we lived in East London. One day, when I was 15, I came home from football and my little sister was on the stairs crying because my father had left us.

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Sheffield's LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they're thriving | Katharine Swindells

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 09:00

It was a controversial decision for the university to open the flats, but it’s helped residents gain the confidence to mingle

A year ago, the University of Sheffield made headlines when we became the first UK university to launch LGBT-only flats in our accommodation. Much of the coverage was based on untruths and exaggeration, conjuring images of huge rainbow-clad buildings where all gay students were forced to stay.

The reality was far less dramatic: 32 students in seven flats scattered among the three student villages, with no way of being identified aside from by their tenants. It was hardly the “ghettoising” we were accused of.

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Closing the GCSE attainment gap can’t be up to schools alone | Letters

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 20:06
Readers discuss the disparity between rich and poor pupils in exams, and ways to improve social mobility

While a substantial increase in funding for state schools would be welcome (Poorest pupils twice as likely to fail GCSEs as richest peers, 21 August), the schools alone cannot improve the educational outcomes for children from deprived backgrounds. Anyone under stress loses the capacity to concentrate to some degree, and if a child lives in a household beset by anxieties – money, job security, health, housing, etc – the likelihood of achieving their best is limited. From my own experience, any slight distraction greatly impairs my ability to perform a mathematical task.

Politicians of all persuasions need to understand the inherent disadvantage of low income and insecurity on large sections of our population.
Cathy Williams
Kingsclere, Hampshire

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Controversial Michaela free school delights in GCSE success

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 19:27

Headteacher at school known for its strict behaviour policy says her pupils ‘smashed it’

Amid the myriad joyful images on social media, showing ecstatic pupils and their teachers celebrating GCSE results, one particular success story stood out.

Michaela community school, a controversial free school known for its strict behaviour policy, picked up its first set of GCSE results on Thursday, five years after opening its doors to its first pupils.

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Highs and lows of 2019 GCSE results – in pictures

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 17:26

More than 700,000 teenagers received their GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday. The system has been overhauled in recent years with Wales retaining the A* to G grade structure while England has introduced a 9 to 1 grading system

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‘I thought I was going to fail!’ – pupils relieved by good GCSE results

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 17:25

Following national trend, girls at King David high school in Liverpool outperform boys

“I thought I was going to fail maths – I’ve been dreaming about it every night,” said Niamh Jamieson, holding a tear-stained GCSE results sheet up for her friends to see.

After four weeks of not being able to sleep properly, the 16-year-old received nine GCSEs on Thursday – including an 8 (equivalent to an A*) in maths. “I’m really, really pleased. I’m going to chill out now,” she said.

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Why are children forced to choose between the arts? The Ebacc must go | Bob and Roberta Smith

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 16:30
The Ebacc system puts children off arts subjects at GCSE. They should be allowed to study the subjects that interest them

All children should be required to take at least one arts GCSE and there should be no restriction on taking more than one. This year there has been a modest increase in the number of children taking art itself – 9% up on last year – but a fall elsewhere: music and drama are down, as is design technology, with uptake a staggering 23% down on last year.

Related: Artists condemn exclusion of arts subjects from English baccalaureate

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Should we abolish private schools? – video

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 13:00

A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolition

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GCSE results: more rigorous courses appear to benefit girls

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 11:30

Over 25% of entries entries by girls got top grade of A/7 compared with 18.6% of entries by boys

The introduction of more rigorous GCSE courses in England and elsewhere in the UK appears to have benefited girls more than boys, including in subjects such as physics and maths, where girls have narrowed the gap in results previously enjoyed by boys at age 16.

More than one in four exam entries by girls received top grades of A, or 7, and above in this summer’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an improvement of half a percentage point to 25.3% compared with last year, while just 18.6% of entries by 16-year-old boys achieved the same grades.

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GCSE results day 2019: live news

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 10:49

Follow live coverage as hundreds of thousands of teenagers find out how they did under the tougher grading system

8.49am BST

Exam boards have published their grade boundaries for this year’s papers.

The grade boundaries are now available on our results day page - https://t.co/yRuqiRIpgL

You can find grade boundaries here: https://t.co/YJeUGxYWOv#gcseresultsday2019

8.38am BST

It is not the end of the world if your result are not as good as you hoped, says Adrian Childs.

Related: Don’t despair if GSCE results day doesn’t go your way – life is only just beginning | Adrian Chiles

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Share your reaction and experiences to GCSE results day 2019

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 10:18

Share photos, videos and stories with us as pupils across the country get their GCSE results

As we reach the third results day since the new, tougher GCSE exams were introduced, we would like to hear your experiences.

Related: GCSE results day 2019: live news

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As an Iranian academic, I'm fed up of being asked to focus on poverty and oppression | Sadaf Javdani

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 09:00

I’m expected to work on the ‘exotic’ themes that white professors want, but it’s making me feel intellectually crippled

“If you decide to stay in Europe and enjoy your freedom here instead of going back, nothing will change. So why don’t you consider going back to your country?”

These weren’t the racist remarks of a stranger or acquaintance, but an anthropology programme director at a German university whom I was meeting to discuss my postdoctoral proposal. I wanted to research material and sensory perceptions of home, in a way that was unrelated to immigration or asylum.

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What happened when I got in touch with three of my old teachers | Adrian Chiles

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 09:00

I thought Mr Corbett would be dead by now. Turns out he’s not much older than me

Only a few people seem to remain in touch with any of their schoolteachers. This seems a shame to me. If I had gone on to do well in life, I would want to share that with the ones who had doubted me. And if I had done badly, I might want to let them know so they could take some of the blame. And if I were a teacher, I would be beside myself with curiosity as to what became of my charges.

I am very happy, more than 30 years on, to be in touch with three of my teachers. When I got a message from Mr Corbett not so long ago, I must say that my first reaction was: “Blimey, I thought he’d be dead by now.” In fact, he was head of a fine secondary school in Pershore, Worcestershire, by this time and invited me to say a few words on speech day. It turned out that Mr Corbett was not only not dead, he wasn’t actually much older than me. Weirdly, I’d caught up with him. When he first taught me, I was in my early teens and he was in his early 20s. That was a big gap. Now, alarmingly, it has narrowed to almost nothing.

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Pupils 'refusing to sit GCSE exams in new tougher format'

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 20:36

Leading teaching unions warn changes have left students stressed and demoralised

Pupils have been so demoralised by the new, tougher GCSE format in England that some refused to sit the exams this year, while others display raised levels of stress, according to leading teaching unions.

The reports from the National Education Union (NEU) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents many secondary school heads, come as more than 600,000 16-year-olds are waiting to receive their GCSE results, including many subjects now in the new format.

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Don’t despair if GSCE results day doesn’t go your way – life is only just beginning | Adrian Chiles

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 16:45

I failed German and music, and my friends did even worse, but things turned out OK for us in the end

It is GCSE results day on Thursday. One way or another, my younger daughter will be having a morning to remember; we all will.

We are just back from Croatia, which has brought back strong memories, because that’s where I was, more than two-thirds of my life ago, on O-level results day in 1983. I was with two schoolfriends in my aunt’s tiny flat in Zagreb. Before reaching the capital, we had been on the coast for three weeks. Joyously unencumbered by laws on underage drinking, we’d drunk like idiots every night without ever summoning the courage to talk to any girls at all.

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Meritocracy is a myth – so don't judge people on their GCSE grades | Michael Segalov

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 14:15

Until pupils from all sections of society have an equal chance of success, exam results should not be taken at face value

On exam results days, there’s now something of a social media tradition of those long out of the school system sharing stories of success despite a disappointing set of results. In some cases it’s an honest attempt to reassure those who’ve not hit the high grades that their future is one still full of potential; for Jeremy Clarkson it’s just an annual excuse to show off.

Related: Attainment gap widens for disadvantaged GCSE pupils, study finds

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Social media pressures 'driving up exam stress in girls'

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 02:01

Ahead of GCSE results, Girlguiding warns of expectation to post online and schools seeking acclaim

Publicity-hungry schools and pressure to post results on social media are driving up exam stress among girls, the Girlguiding movement has said, after it found that close to two-thirds of girls now believe there is too much pressure to succeed.

On the eve of the GCSE results the charity said girls were facing a perfect storm of pressures, with well over half of those aged 11 to 21 fearing a bad performance in exams could ruin their futures.

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Poorer pupils twice as likely to fail key GCSEs

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 02:01

Analysis shows reversal in attainment gap between poor pupils and wealthy classmates

Disadvantaged pupils are almost twice as likely to fail GCSE maths as their wealthier classmates, according to research that lays bare the attainment gap between rich and poor.

Published on the eve of GCSE results day, the analysis shows students from poorer backgrounds in England lagging far behind their wealthier peers in key subjects at GCSE, prompting calls for the government to put more investment into schools serving deprived communities.

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