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Support staff 'do teachers' work'
Teacher shortages mean support staff are having to pick up work normally done by qualified teachers, suggests research by a union.
MSPs call for return of post-study visa
Holyrood's devolution committee calls on the UK government to reintroduce post-study work visas which were cancelled in 2012.
Abuse whistle-blowing helpline launched
A whistle-blowing helpline for employees in England to raise concerns about child protection failures - run by the NSPCC with government funding - is to be launched.
Tests for four-year-olds 'disruptive'
New tests in England for four-year-olds are unreliable and disrupt children's start to school, research for a teaching union suggests.
Plaid offers to write off student debts
Students who stay in Wales to study or return home to work after graduation should have ??6,000 a year of debts written off, Plaid Cymru says.
College lecturers in strike ballot
The EIS is to ballot college lecturers across Scotland over whether they should take industrial action in a dispute over their pay.
University A-level 'safety net' offers
A UK university is competing for students by promising places even if applicants miss by one A-level grade.
Student loan repayment avoiders targeted
Graduates in England and Wales who fail to repay their student loan in time could be prosecuted, ministers warn.
Website offers advice for older drivers
A website advising senior citizens how to drive safely for longer - and when to stop altogether - is launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Sex education 'will not be compulsory'
England's education secretary rejects MPs' calls to make sex-and-relationship education compulsory in all schools.
Universities to target poor white boys
More students from white working class backgrounds are to be targeted in a university recruitment drive
Most P1 pupils learn a foreign language
The majority of pupils in Scotland are learning an additional language in primary one, says the Scottish government.
Academy chain schools 'not good enough'
Ofsted has warned the E-Act academy chain that the quality of education for too many pupils is "not good enough".
Parents urged to boycott VTech toys
A range of cybersecurity experts warn parents to beware of buying VTech's electronic toys following its handling of a recent hack attack.
Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London
Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London