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Large variation in earnings returns among postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees offer better labour market returns for women, with returns of more than 15% for masters in business and law, but negative returns for many arts and humanities courses  New "Earnings returns to postgraduate degrees in the UK" report published today (16 Sept) by @TheIFS and @EducationGovUK provides new evidence on the selection into postgraduate courses and the earnings outcomes for those courses.

Educational gaps are growing during lockdown

IFS survey: Educational gaps during lockdown  The IFS have today (18 May) published a report revealing that children from better-off households are spending 30% more time each day on educational activities than are children from the poorest fifth of households.

Parents, especially mothers, paying heavy price for lockdown

School closures, massive rates of job loss and furloughing, and a shift to working from home are all affecting how parents spend their time, and how mothers and fathers divide responsibilities for paid work, housework and childcare.

Creative arts degrees cost taxpayers 30% more than engineering degrees

The current system of funding undergraduate education means that costs to government are highest for subjects where graduates earn the least, and lowest for subjects where they earn the most, is the findings of the report ‘Where is the money going? Estimating government spending on different university degrees’ published today (6 Mar) by Jack Britton, Laura van der Erve, Neil Shephard and Chris Belfield, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Five years after completion, the average Higher Technical Apprentice earns more than the average graduate

Women who go to university earn 50% more than those that don't  Attending university increases women’s earnings at age 29 by 26% and men’s by 6%: but this varies hugely by degree choice and prior attainment of students.

Historical skew towards the rich in education spending finally at an end

Children from richer families used to benefit much more from public spending on education than did those from poorer backgrounds.

Why don’t more girls study maths and physics?

A study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that girls achieving top grades in science and maths at GCSE are deterred from continuing to a higher level with such subjects, including physics, because they are affected by low confidence and an absence of peers in the classroom.

IFS warns education spending to fall at record rates

Public spending in education in the UK is falling at record rates, according to a recent report.

FE and sixth forms to suffer from 30 years without additional funding

School funding is in the headlines again as the government tries to rationalise the current system. This rationalisation is long overdue but it is happening at a time when funding is tighter than at any time over the last 30 years. The inevitable result is that some schools will lose out. But the bigger story over the longer term is that schools have done rather well in terms of funding per pupil. Spending on sixth forms and further education, by contrast, has been continually squeezed. Spending per pupil in school is set to be at least 70% higher in 2020 than it was in 1990. Spending per pupil in sixth forms and FE is set to be no higher at all than it was in 1990.

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