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Periods 'keeping girls out of school'

Some 350,000 girls say they have missed school at some point because of being on their period, research from YouGov suggests. 16-year-old Molly Chadwick, who suffers with endometriosis, told the BBC Victoria Derbyshire Programme “if it is a bad day I just don’t go into school.” Source link

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MSPs call for 'halt' to primary tests

Image caption Primary school education has become a hot topic at Holyrood MSPs have defeated the Scottish government in a vote calling on ministers to “halt” national assessments for five-year-old pupils. The assessments were introduced across Scotland last year, but some teachers and parents have criticised them. Ministers insist they are not high-stakes tests, but […]

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Ofsted admits adding to 'teach-to-the-test' mentality

Image copyright Department for Education Image caption Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman promises a new focus on the curriculum School inspectors in England have put too much weight on tests and exam results when rating schools, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman has admitted. This has added pressure for schools to “deliver test scores above all else”. […]

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Widower’s advice on diet

Image copyright Getty Images When a 21-year-old woman asked a weight loss forum for advice on how to deal with her boyfriend making comments about her appearance, one widower’s response moved many to reflect on how we treat our loved ones. The widower replied to the young woman to share how he was full of […]

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Students blamed for university and college cyber-attacks

Image copyright Getty Images A security analysis of cyber-attacks against universities and colleges in the UK has discovered staff or students could often be responsible, rather than organised crime or hacking groups. A government-funded agency that provides cyber-security has examined the timing of 850 attacks in 2017-18. Jisc found a “clear pattern” of attacks being […]

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Generation Sensible: The 18-year-olds of today

Dubbed Generation Sensible, the 18-year-olds of today are much more likely to be found in the university library than the local pub, research suggests. The Office for National Statistics paper compares their habits with those of 18-year-olds around the year 2000. It might be an oversimplification to call today’s older teenagers “boffins” and those at […]

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Mental health services 'let down children'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The average length of time children have to wait for specialist mental health treatment has increased in recent years The Scottish government has admitted that children and young people are being “let down” by the country’s mental health services. Child mental health has been a key priority for the […]

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Broke council

Image caption Family life can be fun in the Brooks household As Northamptonshire County Council makes £70m worth of spending cuts, how does it feel for a needy family to have support withdrawn? “Mum!!!! Daniel’s outside in his pants!” cries Alex at the crack of dawn. “Is he out the front?” asks mum-of-four Torie Brooks, […]

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Gypsy pupils experience bullying and racism, MPs told

Image copyright Getty Images Bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum are major factors in low school attendance rates among Gypsy, Roma and traveller (GRT) children community, MPs have heard. Poor attendance was their main barrier to academic achievement, experts told the Women and Equalities Committee. They have the worst educational outcomes of […]

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Overseas students should 'stay in migration target'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Universities are disappointed at the lack of change in the approach to overseas students International students in the UK should not be removed from targets to reduce migration, recommends a report commissioned by the Home Office. The Migration Advisory Committee, which gives the government independent advice on immigration, says […]

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'Teach religion and worldviews instead of RE'

Image copyright NATRE Image caption Schools should teach a wider range of religious and non-religious views, says the report Religious education in England’s schools should be renamed Religion and Worldviews to reflect the diversity of modern Britain, say experts. The subject should include non-religious worldviews as well as major faiths, says the Commission on Religious […]