Nursing university applications drop by 23%

  • February 8th, 2017
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Figures show English students applying to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities have fallen by 23% since the scrap of NHS bursaries. While the drop was largest among applicants in England, there was also an 11% fall in those from Wales, 7% from Scotland and 4% from Northern Ireland. Ministers previously said replacing bursaries […]

Should parents make a yearly donation towards their child’s education?

  • December 21st, 2016
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With schools expecting further funding cuts, a former government advisor has suggested that parents be asked to make a contribution. Sir Andrew Carter proposed that schools ask for £500 per year to support their child’s education. He would use the extra funding himself to reduce class sizes, improving the teacher-student ratio; reducing teachers’ workload and […]

Report shows converting primary schools into academies does not improve results

  • November 24th, 2016
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A study by the London School of Economics has shown converting primary schools into academies has not resulted in higher performance rates. The study used the national pupil database and examined the test results of the 270 primary schools that converted to academy status between 2010 and 2012. Test scores from 2007 to 2014 for […]

Universities to offer nursing apprenticeships from September 2017

  • November 11th, 2016
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The government has confirmed degree-level nursing apprenticeships will be available from September 2017, at a number of universities across the UK. In a bid to tackle the current staffing crisis, £4.5 million of funding will be given to new courses launching next year in four universities, with 5,200 apprenticeship placements available. The introduction of nursing […]

25% rise in student doctor places for NHS

  • October 6th, 2016
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The number of medical school places will increase by 25% in a bid to make NHS England ‘self-sufficient’. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced there will be 1,500 additional training places available each year, however he has called for greater loyalty to the NHS in return. The trainees will need to work for the NHS for […]

Could new nursing course improve NHS shortages?

  • August 25th, 2016
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The Sheffield College is offering a new nursing course to address skills shortages in the NHS. The course, which is starting in September, is aimed at helping students without A-levels get into university-level nursing programmes. The Access to Nursing (Health Professions) Higher Education Diploma is a one-year course for students who want to go on […]

Record number of students get university places on A-Level Results Day

  • August 18th, 2016
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Record numbers of students are celebrating getting a UK university place today. The proportion of A* and A grades was 25.8%, down by 0.1% on last year. The pass rate of 98.1% however, remained the same. UCAS say 424,000 places have been offered, which is an increase of 3% from last year’s results day. Thousands […]

Survey shows almost half of students think apprenticeships are mainly for men

  • July 27th, 2016
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The latest student community website in the UK, The Student Room, recently conducted a poll, asking 10,000 students about their options following A-levels, looking at apprenticeships, employments, gap years and going to university. The results found that only 11% of young people said they felt ‘fully informed’ about this training and career option, and a […]