Two years in, is the apprenticeship levy still working?

Promising the benefits of a degree with none of the debt, apprenticeships on the government’s payroll-funded scheme are more competitive than ever, yet the number of starts has dropped by a quarter this...

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to uni and debt – why are schools ignoring them?

Despite high-quality apprenticeships offering a route to degree-level qualifications, many students are being let down by schools that fail to engage with employers and training providersArguably the most...

The advertising industry has a diversity problem – apprenticeships can help

It’s really important that our workforce reflects the kind of people that we’re advertising to, says Sue Frogley, UK chief executive of Publicis MediaIam always very transparent about...

Award-winning teacher among staff needing charity to scrape by

Teacher poverty is now so acute that the Victorian charity helping them is running on its reservesIt was winning a national Teaching Award and getting a pay rise in recognition...

Ruskin at 120: has the workers’ college lost its way?

The alma mater of John Prescott once offered workers an Oxford degree – and a future. Now its vision has changedIan Tugwell left school at 14 and was...

Oxbridge needs student quotas to end its role in the ‘chumocracy’

Oxford and Cambridge are too good and too important to be allowed to remain in the middle agesNews that Oxford and Cambridge cut the number of UK undergraduates over the...

Levels of distress and illness among students in UK ‘alarmingly high’

Largest-ever mental health poll of universities ‘an urgent call to action’, say researchersA poll of almost 38,000 UK students suggests rates of psychological distress and illness are on the...

An LGBT education would have spared me years of misery

Alan Clark says LGBT education should be mandatory in all schools. Jill Wallis thinks sex education is both a right and a boonSimon Jenkins agonises about the implications of LGBT education...

Birmingham school stops LGBT lessons after parents protest

Hundreds of children withdrawn from Parkfield community school for dayA primary school that taught pupils about homosexuality as part of a programme to challenge homophobia has stopped the lessons...

Britain’s battle to get to grips with literacy is laid bare in H is...

New documentary reveals difficulties facing white, working-class boysLife repeats itself, Grant says dejectedly. “It’s just repeat, repeat, repeat. I had it, my dad had it, and now my...

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