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Girls head home from school in a Kenyan slum. Many parents believe private schooling will help their children get ahead in a tough economy. Noor Khamis/Reuters

Kenya’s government is throttling the growth of private schools

Kenya's public schools are scoring a failing grade. Now several pieces of government policy are threatening low-cost private schools' ability to fill the gap.
Making a comeback Boston Public Library

Is Newark the next Brooklyn?

The fashionistas aren't flocking there yet but things are happening in Brick City – especially when it comes to education policy.
Greens leader Natalie Bennett at the party’s manifesto launch. Alastair Grant/AP

Manifesto Check: the Green Party’s top policies

Our experts review the evidence behind the Green Party's big ticket policies.
What’s the optimum size? Primary school via Air Images/Shutterstock

Is it really worth investing in smaller primary school classes?

Ed Miliband’s pledge that Labour, if elected, would limit school classes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 pupils reignites a core question about how best to spend money to improve education. In…
Lining up to take stock at the election approaches. Tim Ireland/PA Archive

Have we devolved too much responsibility for our schools?

The thorny issue of what democracy is, what it’s not and whether it is an appropriate system for government has been at the top of the agenda at the start of 2015. At the same time, we are in the lead-up…
BBC Three’s show ‘Excluded’ follows children at The Bridge AP Academy. BBC/Keo Films/Oliver Groves

Explainer: what happens to kids who are kicked out of school?

In 2013, 3,900 young people were permanently excluded from secondary schools in England. The most common reason for these children to be removed from the mainstream school system was persistent disruptive…

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