Primary schools accused of ‘social segregation’ by rejecting poorer pupils in favour of children from richer homes

Places at church schools are highly competitive Getty Primary schools in England have been accused of “social segregation” after a report showed more than 1,500 schools were turning away disadvantaged pupils in favour of children from higher-income families. A report from the Sutton Trust found some of the most popular primary schools – particularly faith schools – had complicated oversubscription criteria that actively discouraged parents of poorer children and allowed the schools to be selective about which pupils were granted a place. The findings have raised concerns about a lack of equity in access to primary…

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Starwood reject Marriott deal in favour of Anbang merger

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has rejected a proposed takeover by Marriott International, preferring to explore what it views as a “superior offer” from a consortium led by Anbang. The Chinese insurance giant tabled a bid of $78 per share for the American hotel giant earlier, valuing the company at $13.2 billion. Marriott now has until March 28th to respond with a higher bid. If the American company decides to do so, a highly likely scenario, a bidding war will begin. Following the latest offer, Starwood’s share price climbed above the…

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Students shun union bars in favour of coffee and study groups, research says

Student unions are no longer sticky bars filled with beer-swilling students avoiding their lectures. Today’s undergraduates are more likely to be found sipping a coffee in an academic study group than downing a cheap beer with their mates. New research from YouthSight and the National Union of Students (NUS) reveals that student unions are more often focused on providing academic clubs, support services and cafés than bargain booze. Life on university campuses has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and many unions now provide low-cost vegetables, run their own…

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