Technology push to get girls educated

The UK’s Department for International Development has announced £100m of funding to help 175,000 of the world’s poorest girls get an education. The push will include smartcards that monitor attendance and offer incentives for families to send their daughters to school. It will also deploy satellite broadband to improve connectivity in rural areas. Putting girls through school is increasingly seen as one of the best long-term ways to end poverty. International Development Minister Nick Hurd said: “It is only through making use of the latest technological innovations that we will…

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Hadley Freeman: so the privately educated are the new underclass? Spare me the sob story

No one likes to think that their success has at least as much to do with their parents forking out as it does their own hard work Eton College, Berkshire. Photograph: Corbis Ihave lived in Britain – mainly on, sometimes off – for 25 years, but there are still two things about this country I don’t understand. Number one: why do so many of your classic TV shows have such bizarre titles? Last Of The Summer Wine? Only Fools And Horses? Can you imagine what it was like to move…

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Privately educated people dominate top British jobs, damning report finds

Virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs Getty Images The stranglehold former public-school pupils have on the UK’s top jobs has laid bare in a hard-hitting report out today. The study, by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs. Their grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74 per cent of leading judges (those in the High Court or Court of Appeal) were privately educated. As…

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Nurseries afraid to put up fees, says report

Nurseries have resisted fee hikes for the first time in eight years, amid fears they will price parents out of the market, a report claims. Average prices rose by inflation only, as providers in Britain realised they had reached a “crunch point”, the Family and Childcare Trust report says. Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said government investment had boosted access to affordable childcare. But the author warns the fees “freeze” is not sustainable in the long term. The report says government reforms to wages and pensions will raise the…

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Privately educated people dominate top British jobs, damning report finds

The stranglehold former public-school pupils have on the UK’s top jobs has laid bare in a hard-hitting report out today. The study, by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs. Their grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74 per cent of leading judges (those in the High Court or Court of Appeal) were privately educated. As a result of the research, an All-Party Parliamentary Group is to set up an inquiry into…

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