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DfE cuts could mean job losses

About 1,000 members of staff at the Department for Education in England are facing redundancy in a cash-saving exercise. In addition to losing a quarter of its civil servants, there are plans to shut six regional offices and move the central London headquarters to a cheaper site.

Reading doesn't come naturally

More than half of new teachers in England do not start the job with good skills in teaching reading, says an Ofsted report. The survey of 44 would-be primary teachers in 10 teacher training providers found that just 21 had good skills when they left initial teacher training. From Training to Teaching Early Language found good training in school placements could help weak trainees to become good teachers.

A pay freeze, you say?

While state school teachers endure the second year of a pay freeze, for the majority of those in the private sector salaries went up this year, an ATL poll has shown. Some of the increases were up to 4 per cent, although most received rises of 1 to 2 per cent. Forty of the nearly 1,500 respondents received a pay cut.

Comp to quad is a daunting leap

The majority of high-achieving A-level students at comprehensive schools and colleges do not apply to top universities, often due to a lack of confidence in their academic abilities, a government-commissioned report suggests. Only four in 10 comprehensive pupils applied to research-intensive Russell Group and 1994 Group universities.

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