Education

German police stop 'truant' families at airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption German police are on the lookout for parents defying school rules Police carrying out checks at an airport in southern Germany discovered several school-aged children travelling ahead of the holidays. Reports concerning 10 families have now been sent to education officials in Bavaria, German media report. It is believed the […]

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Foreign students: Home Office axes 'unusable' survey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2016-17, a total of 19% of students in higher education in the UK were from outside the country, according to official figures A Home Office advisory committee has ditched research assessing the impact of international students after academics labelled it “unethical”. The survey, set up by the Migration […]

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School delay does not help summer-born, study shows

Image copyright Getty Images Delaying a summer-born child’s entry to primary school has little impact on attainment, research suggests. Children born in England between April and August, whose start in Reception was put back a year, did only marginally better in Year 1 tests, according to a government study. The number of applications to councils […]

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The father lost to postnatal depression

Image copyright Vicky Clayton Image caption Hugo was Vicky and John Clayton’s first and only child when he was born in 2013 Hugo’s mother wants to give him everything. But she cannot give him the thing he wants most in the world – his dad. John Clayton suffered postnatal depression after his son was born […]

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Nigerian students 'tied to cross and whipped' for being late

Image copyright Punch Newspapers Image caption A police spokesman described the punishment as “a barbaric act” Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside. The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled […]

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Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

Image copyright JCQ Image caption The JCQ exam body is publicising the new rules via an online video Pupils are being told to remove watches from their wrists before taking GCSE and A-level exams, to combat cheating. In most cases, students are being told to place the timepieces on their desks, but invigilators can demand […]

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Boarding school 'sorry' for 'blacked up' slave photo

Image copyright Google Image caption The Oratory School says it condemns racist imagery and has apologised A boarding school has apologised after a group of boys “blacked up” and dressed as slaves for a photograph. Sixth-formers at the Oratory School in Oxfordshire, wore the make-up and costumes for their leaving pictures, which were published on […]

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Student mental health 'failing a generation'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHenry Curtis-Williams, 21, took his own life in 2016 British universities say they risk “failing a generation” unless students get better mental health care. A Universities UK report found some students risked “slipping through the gaps” due to a lack of co-ordination between the NHS and universities. […]

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Idaho State University faces fine for losing plutonium

Image copyright Getty Images A US university faces a fine of $8,500 (£6,280) for apparently losing a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Idaho State University is unable to account for 1 gram (0.03oz) of the material. The plutonium is used in reactors and to make nuclear bombs but […]

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Damian Hinds acknowledges funding pressures on schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Head teachers warned that their schools were facing a funding crisis The education secretary has recognised the extent of funding pressures in England’s schools after hearing warnings of a “financial crisis”. “It is challenging for schools making the numbers add up,” Damian Hinds told a head teachers’ conference. And […]