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The week
News items from the week’s daily and education press, covering the major education news stories of the week.

Stormzy will pay for two black students to go to Cambridge.

Stormzy has announced he will cover the university costs of two more Cambridge students.

The grime artist will pay the tuition fees of two black students.

He will also continue to fund the studies of the first two students helped by the Stormzy Scholarship who are now entering their second year of study.

The Stormzy Scholarship is aimed at supporting people from minority backgrounds who have earned a place at the University of Cambridge.  The rapper hopes the scheme will help address the low number of black students who attend Oxbridge institutions.

So far, Stormzy, who recently headlined Glastonbury, has been self-funding the cost of the scholarships but he hopes that other funding methods can be found in the future so that the scheme can continue to grow.

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Celebrities call for more creative education.

Stars from the arts world have joined industry leaders in urging the UK government to make creative education accessible to all young people.

Sir Lenny Henry and model Adwoa Aboah have co-signed a letter championing the value of creative subjects.

"For the benefit of the whole of the UK, we urge government to incentivise a broad and balanced curriculum within schools," the letter reads.

Photographer Rankin and director Sam Taylor-Johnson have also signed up.

The letter's release coincides with this year's A-level results, which showed further decreases in the number of students taking drama and music.

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How much time should be given off school for climate change.

School pupils in Edinburgh will now be given a day a year when they can officially miss school to protest about climate change.

The city's council has voted in favour of the idea which means students can have "one authorised absence" to attend demos if their parents agree.

It's after thousands of students here in the UK and across the world chose to skip school so they could attend climate change demonstrations.

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Is English A'Level being killed off?

English A-level is set for its biggest drop in students in 20 years as headteachers call for an inquiry into whether GCSE reforms are killing the subject.

The number of students taking the subject has plummeted by 13 per cent since last year, according to provisional data published by the exams watchdog Ofqual.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, described it as “alarming” and urged ministers to take “urgent action”.

English remains one of the most popular A-level subjects, but the drop from 67,865 to 58,870 is the most drastic year-on-year fall since 2000, when the Joint Council for Qualification’s (JCQ) records began.

Mr Barton said the new, more rigorous English GCSEs, which were introduced three years ago, are to blame for putting students off the subject.

Read the detail.


Humanists win legal battle.


Humanists are set to help shape religious education curriculum after winning a legal battle to sit on a council’s education board.

Humanists UK, the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people which campaigns for a secular state, has won a proposed legal challenge against a London council that rejected its application to join its religious education body. 

The organisation said that the decision is “likely to pave the way for more humanists to sit on such bodies across England”.

Rachel Taggart-Ryan applied for full membership to Greenwich Council’s Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE), the body that oversees the religious education curriculum in the local area and which has members from varying religious groups. 

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However its sitting members voted against giving her full membership and voting rights because she is a humanist, with the Council backing this decision on the grounds that humanism is not a religion.

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The school uniform debate.

Remember those old “Back to School” displays once common in BHS and M&S windows? While they featured small mannequins in painfully smart uniforms, WH Smith pushed pens, rulers and protractors. These promotions would appear, irritatingly, just when teachers, having caught up on sleep, were getting stuck into some serious holidaying.

Everything has its season. The time for children being suspended from school for having dyed hair, excessively tight or short skirts or trainers instead of proper shoes should be early September, the start of the new school year.

This year, by contrast, uniform-based skirmishes have started early.

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Pension scheme deficit for University Academics.

The pension scheme for university academics would face a deficit of £23bn if it had to be rescued by a government-backed pension lifeboat, the scheme's annual accounts show.

The figures will stoke a fierce debate about the Universities Superannuation Scheme's (USS) financial position.

It has assets of more than £60bn and provides retirement incomes and savings for about 200,000 UK university staff.

The USS said it funds the scheme in a "fair and balanced way".

In February and March 2018, academics at 64 universities took industrial action over plans by their employer Universities UK to reduce future benefits and introduce a less-generous pension arrangement.

The University and College Union said the new plans would leave them up to £10,000 a year worse off in retirement, and younger staff would be worst affected, with some losing up to half their pensions.

USS's accounts for the year to the end of March 2019, which were published last week, give several different figures for the size of the scheme deficit.

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Youth Intervention Service to close.

A group working with some Scotland's most dangerous young people says it is to close because of a lack of funding.

The Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) service provides psychological support for those aged 12-18 deemed a serious risk to others.

But a post on its website said the service, based at the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University, would close on 31 October.

IVY is thought to be the only dedicated team of its kind in the UK.

The post said the decision had been taken with regret.

It continued: "We appreciate that you will be concerned about what this means for these children and young people, which is why we are giving as much notice as is possible, so alternative services/support can be sought."

IVY said work had been ongoing for several months to locate the service within a new organisation as it was not sustainable due to the year by year funding arrangement.

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Scottish pupils receive exam results.

Students across Scotland are receiving their exam results.

Nearly half of the 133,000 candidates have asked for their results to be sent by email or text message.

The rest will have to wait for their certificate to arrive in the post later in the day.

A Skills Development Scotland helpline will be open to offer advice to candidates who did not get the results they needed. It can be contacted on 0808 100 8000.

Exams were taken in 463 schools and colleges across Scotland this year.

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