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Number of young people acting as ‘money mules’ doubles

Image copyright PA The number of young people caught acting as “money mules” has doubled in the past four years, according to the UK’s fraud prevention service, Cifas. A mule allows their bank account to be used by others to transfer money in and out of it, and in return, ...

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Give child ‘super-spreaders’ flu vaccine, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Children should be given the flu vaccine before Christmas to prevent them putting older relatives at risk of infection, NHS bosses have warned. Doctors say the virus can spread more easily at schools and nurseries, which puts grandparents and others at risk of getting ill over ...

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Transgender girl says it was change sex or die

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEllen says she knew she was different from an early age One week she went to school dressed as a boy, the next she returned in a dress. Ellen was one of the first primary school children to transition in the UK. ...

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Pullman’s plea to save school libraries

Image copyright Getty Images Children’s authors such as Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman are calling for a halt to the “shocking decline” in England’s school libraries. They, along with 148 others, wrote to Education Secretary Justine Greening, asking her to signal her belief in the “value of literacy” for learning. ...

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When I look into my son’s eyes I see the man who raped me

Catherine became pregnant after being raped by a man she had considered her friend. She explains here why she decided to give birth to the child – and why the hardest thing for her is looking into her son’s eyes. I was a single parent with two children. I knew ...

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Bath University vice-chancellor wins no-confidence vote

Image copyright University of Bath The highest-paid vice-chancellor in the country has narrowly won over a motion of no-confidence. Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor at the University of Bath, has faced criticism over her salary of £468,000. Some 350 staff called for her resignation at University and College Union meeting on ...

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Cash for maths, but no extra for core school budgets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There will be extra funding to encourage more pupils to study maths Pupils in England will be encouraged to stay on to take maths A-levels, with a £600 bonus for schools for every extra pupil taking maths over current levels. The £117m boost for ...

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Grangela: Labour’s Angela Rayner is grandmother at 37

Image copyright Reuters Labour MP Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of 37. The shadow education secretary announced the birth of her first grandchild in an early-morning tweet in which she gave herself the new nickname, Grangela. The Ashton-under-Lyne MP had her first son, Ryan, at the ...

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‘Signal-blocking phone pouches’ for St Patrick’s pupils

Image caption St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick, is the first school in Northern Ireland to introduce signal-blocking pouches A County Down school is handing out signal-blocking pouches for mobile phones in a bid to stop young people becoming distracted behind the wheel. A current pupil and a pupil who had ...

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Canterbury grammar school to hold Mein Kampf debates

Image copyright Silverwoods/Getty Image caption The school said the forum would not be studying Mein Kampf but incorporating it within “wider debate” A school has defended plans encouraging students to debate controversial ideologies and texts such as Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury said the optional course ...

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Girls ‘better at co-operating on problems’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Girls were better at working together in all countries taking the tests When young people study or take exams the results are usually about rewarding their individual achievement. But when they get into the workplace they will be told about the importance of social ...

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Overseas student numbers fall in Wales

Image copyright Sam Edwards/Getty Images Image caption As well as helping the economy, international students bring ‘immeasurable social and cultural value’ says Universities Wales There has been a decline in the number of non-EU international students attending Welsh universities. According to Universities Wales, there were 16.2% fewer people from nations ...

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