Graduates stuck in pay freeze permafrost

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Image caption Graduate earnings have been stuck for a decade - even without taking into account rising fees

If graduates are feeling like they never get any better off, despite having a degree, maybe that's because they really are getting poorer.

The latest official statistics show that the long ice age of wage stagnation is grinding on - and that graduate earnings have been in a deep freeze stretching back for the past decade.

Since university tuition fees in England rose to £9,000 there have been recurrent questions about whether it's still financially advantageous to get a degree.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its latest figures on the graduate labour market - and it shows that graduates are still getting a career benefit.

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Image caption Graduates have faced years with their pay frozen or falling in real terms

They earn more on average than non-graduates and are much less likely to be unemployed. Postgraduates earn even more and those with higher grades of degrees are paid more than those with lower.

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Tory academy rebels set their conditions

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Image caption Education Secretary NIcky Morgan faces opposition from her own backbench MPs

If the government is going to push through its plans to force all schools in England to become academies, it will need to persuade its own Conservative backbenchers, many of whom seem deeply unenthusiastic about the proposals.

The prospect of an embarrassing parliamentary defeat will have focused the minds of ministers on a compromise.

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How can a whole borough have no A-levels?

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Image caption The last academy in Knowsley that teaches A-levels has decided to close its sixth form

How could there be an entire local authority in England where no pupil can take an A-level?

That's the prospect facing parents in Knowsley on Merseyside.

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Do academies get better results?

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Image caption A study shows weaker schools are the most likely to benefit from academy status

If a school becomes an academy are the results more likely to improve?

It's a key question in the debate about whether all schools in England should be forced to become academies, but the answer often seems frustratingly unclear.

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Why the NUT should love Ofsted and Osborne should love unions

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Image caption Sir Michael Wilshaw: Will the teachers' unions miss him when he retires this year?

There are some things you write that you know are not going to go down well with anybody.

But maybe this weekend the National Union of Teachers should break the habit of a lifetime and try loving Ofsted, and the Chancellor, George Osborne, should let bygones be bygones and love the teachers' unions.

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Should Ofsted get a US boss?

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Is the new head of Ofsted going to come from the United States?

It has been confirmed, although still unofficially, that ministers are seriously looking in that direction for the next education watchdog for England.

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Does Cameron's university claim stack up?

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Image caption David Cameron wants universities to do more for social mobility

Are young black males really more likely to be in prison than in leading universities?

That was the claim of Prime Minister David Cameron at the weekend as he raised his lance at the closed doors of top universities.

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Oxford Rhodes statue row is part of global protest

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Image caption The Rhodes statue is going to remain on the front of Oriel College

How did a statue of a 19th Century politician on the front of a 14th Century college become such a 21st Century argument?

The decision by Oxford University's Oriel College to keep its statue of Cecil Rhodes was meant to draw a line under an angry dispute over emblems, cultural identity and how universities should deal with their own long histories.

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Is the UK really in Scandinavia?

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The UK has been caught in a long tug-of-war about its identity, which will only become more intense as the EU referendum approaches.

Where does the UK belong in the world?

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Are cities the new countries?

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Image caption Are big cities becoming more like separate countries?

Do big cities have more in common with each other than with the rest of their own countries?

Are there meaningful comparisons between cities such as New York, London and Shanghai, rather than between nation states?

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