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Month: January 2017

Can I still get into law with a 2:2 degree?

Missing out on top academic grades doesn’t have to be the end of your legal career. Luke Murphy lays out some alternative routes in There’s no denying that you’re at a disadvantage trying to get into law without strong academic grades. Is it impossible? No – but you will need to jump over higher hurdles than budding lawyers with better results. Here’s what you can do to even the odds. Continue...

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‘I saw being autistic as an employment opportunity, not a weakness’ | Saba Salmon

Young autistic people want to be accepted by employers for who they are, says award-winning campaigner Jonathan Andrews Jonathan Andrews was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite. “I saw it [being autistic] as an opportunity, not a weakness,” says Andrews, 22, who recently won campaigner of the year at the European Diversity Awards 2016. The law graduate, who starts as a trainee solicitor at Reed Smith in August, says: “I wanted to work somewhere that wouldn’t see the word ‘autism’ on an application and think, ‘This is terrible.’ The ones [prospective employers] that took it in their stride were the best workplace environments, rather than places that talk about it [autism] all the time, because they think you’re this strange, exotic creature.” Continue...

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The reality of budget cuts in schools – survey

Cash-strapped schools are facing redundancies, reduced subject choices and even running out of paper Schools are making teachers redundant, dropping subjects from the curriculum, and even asking pupils to buy their own books, as headteachers struggle to cope with funding cuts. More than 80% of teachers surveyed by the Guardian Teacher Network said their school has made cutbacks, or is planning to. A third of teachers (34%) reported that their schools were not replacing teachers who leave, while 14% said teachers at their schools were being made redundant. Continue...

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Nick Gibb ‘comfortable’ with schools’ approach to cost cutting

The schools minister Nick Gibb has said he is “comfortable” with the way schools are dealing with rising cost pressures. It comes despite headteachers recently revealing how they are having to cut back on textbooks, cleaning and maintenance to balance the books, on top of making teaching and support staff redundant. The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts schools face an average real terms budget cut of 8 per cent by 2020, and Gibb admitted this was a “challenge” for leaders. However, when asked by Labour MP Cat McKinnell at an education select committee today if he was “comfortable” with the way cost pressures were being handled by schools, Gibb said he was. “It has been a challenge and we are providing advice and support to schools about how to manage a budget in the most efficient way.” Support available to schools will soon include access to a ‘national buying scheme’ for non-staff costs such as ICT infrastructure, but heads claim they are already using such measures. Rising pension and national insurance costs, coupled with new pressures such as the apprenticeship levy and hiring targets, mean schools are losing money despite a pledge by the government to protect core schools funding in...

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