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Schools minister speaks at ResearchED 2017 National Conference.

Thankfully, there are many respected academics who are seizing the opportunity to present today. Teachers attending this conference will have the opportunity to listen to Dr Pedro De Bruyckere dispel myths and point to promising avenues for the role of technology in education. Dr Christian Bokhove of Southampton University will be arguing that some myth busting in education is oversimplistic and creates new myths. And Professor Ayako Kawaji is running a session on what we can learn from expressive writing in Japan.

Read the full speech.

Interest rates on student loans to be cut?

Politics Home reports that plans to cut back on the 6% added on to the £9,000 fees is considered “high up as a main option”, according to a Tory source who has discussed the proposal with No 10.

Universities could also face calls to the slash the fees, which rose drastically during the coalition government.

The changes could be unveiled before next month’s Tory party conference as the party begin its fight to win back the generation that overwhelmingly backed Labour in June.

A source close to Downing Street told the Sunday Telegraph: “We can all see the political issue here. The fundamental idea that you don’t fund universities from public funding but a graduate scheme makes sense to everybody.

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Academy Trust pulls out of 21 schools.

A trust which runs 21 schools has announced it is pulling out in the first week of the new term.

Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it was unable to "facilitate the rapid improvement our academies need, and our students deserve".

The Department for Education (DfE) said many of the schools within the trust were performing below the national average.

It said it would work with the trust until a new sponsor could be found.

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Outcomes of Ofsted Inspections.

Ofsted has just released data showing outcomes of inspections up to August 2017.

To look at the data on inspections click here.

Cost pressures for NI Education system.

Education faces "cost pressures" of more than £100m in 2017/18, according to the top civil servant at Stormont's Department of Education (DE).

The permanent secretary at the department, Derek Baker, also said that the department had £24m less to spend this year than in 2016/17.

The warnings come in a letter from Mr Baker to SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan, which has been seen by the BBC.

Mr McCrossan had submitted a series of questions on school funding.

Mr Baker also said that the department had tried to protect pre-school provision, schools and youth services "as far as possible".

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