In brief

8th May 2009 at 01:00

Diploma knockback

Teenagers studying for new diplomas will be considered for places on less than half the courses offered by the UK's top universities, new research shows. Russell Group institutions will accept diploma students for only 40 per cent of their courses, according to Ucas, the universities admissions service. Overall, about 80 per cent of undergraduate courses in the UK will consider applicants with the qualification. The first diplomas - in engineering, construction, IT, media and health - will be awarded next summer.

Pupil health risk

Children with health problems have visited 10 Downing Street to ask for more support at school to manage their conditions. David Reynolds, 13, from Meldreth, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, along with Cole Barnard, six, from Portsmouth, who has type 1 diabetes; Sophia Loizia, 17, from London, who is in remission from cancer of the lymphatic system; Daniel Nwosu, 12, also from London, who has suffered strokes and a brain haemorrhage; and Rhiannon Godden, 16, from Nottingham, who has depression, made the visit to Gordon Brown. They represented charities calling for MPs to support the Schools (Health Support) Bill. Campaigners believe the health and education of many children with health conditions in England could be at risk because pupils do not always receive adequate support at school.


The article "They call it huggy love" in the April 17 TES Magazine repeated incorrect claims that schools in several authorities, including Liverpool, had banned hot-cross buns to avoid offending pupils of non-Christian faiths. Keith Turner, Liverpool Council's executive member for education, has asked us to point out that no such ban has ever existed in the city's schools.

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